How big is a Poitou donkey?

How big is a Poitou donkey?

about 1.5m
The Poitou is a most docile, loving and fun creature, though he is quite sizeable, capable of growing to about 1.5m, or 16 hands in the correct unit of height. Basically, more horse than donkey in stature, if not in temperament.

How many Poitou donkeys are there?

Baudet du Poitou donkeys are one of the rarest breeds of donkey in the world. There are currently about 60 of these magnificent animals in the UK, and less than 800 in the world. They are possibly one of the oldest breeds, and are believed to have existed in France since the Roman occupation of 54BC.

What is a Baudet?

The Baudet was traditionally used only for breeding mules; the word baudet means “donkey sire”, but it used to describe the breed as a whole. With the decline of mule-breeding, some may be used for agricultural work, for driving or for riding.

What is a long haired donkey called?

The Long-Haired Donkey The Baudet du Poitou breed has unmistakable characteristics. They are famous for their dark brown or black long, shaggy coat and fluffy ears. Their hair coat often resembles long dreadlocks. These creatures are one of the largest breeds of donkey in the world.

What kind of donkey is the Baudet du Poitou?

Poitou donkey. The Poitou donkey or Poitou ass ( French: ‘Baudet du Poitou’ ), also called the Poitevin donkey or simply the Poitou, is a breed of donkey originating in the Poitou region of France. It is one of the largest donkey breeds, and was selected for size so that it could be used for the production of large working mules,…

How big is a full grown Poitou donkey?

What is a Poitou donkey? The Poitou donkey breed originates from the Poitou region of France, about 300 miles south-west of Paris, and has a thick, matted and tangled coat. The adult male Poitou is called a baudet (pronounced ‘bo-day’) and stands at 142-152 cm, while the Poitou mare is called an ânesse and is about one hand lower.

What is the Asinerie du Baudet du Poitou?

The Asinerie du Baudet du Poitou, an “Échappées Nature” site, is a protected 55 ha natural area, in which the Department of Charente-Maritime works alongside the Marais Poitevin Regional Natural Park to conserve the mule-breeding Poitou breeds: the Poitou donkey, the Poitou draft horse and the Poitou Mule. Who are we ? What is a “Nature centre” ?

Where does Debbie Hamilton breed Poitou donkeys?

In 1996, Debbie Hamilton, an American, founded the Hamilton Rare Breeds Foundation on a 440-acre (180 ha) farm in Hartland, Vermont, to breed Poitou donkeys.