Bourbonnais Donkey

Origins/Breeding Area

The Bourbonnais donkey originates in the heart of the Allier department, cradle of the Dukes of Bourbon, commonly known as Bourbonnais.

It was first identified in the 12th century, on a fresco in the church of Meillers. Since then, it has taken part in various agricultural tasks alongside sharecroppers, on small parcels of land.

In everyday life in those old times, it was used for the transportation of both people and merchandise.

The Bourbonnais donkey breed reached its peak in the late 19th century with a count of donkeys.

Nowadays, about forty breeders ensure its survival through the Association of the Bourbonnais Donkey.


The Bourbonnais donkey breed was recognized in 2002.

Number of Births:

In 2018: 7 births

In 2017: 19 births

In 2016: 17 births

In 2015: 11 births


The Bourbonnais donkey has kept its rustic aspect and solid limbs. It has large, straight ears.

© ANR âne bourbonnais


Jacks: From 1.25m to 1.35m

Jennies: From 1.18m to 1.28m (with a 2cm tolerance for maximum size)


The coat is chocolate-coloured, bay, or dark bay

It has on its back the cross pattern known as the St. Andrew’s cross

Abilities and Uses:

 Very sweet-tempered, this is a pet who can accompany trekkers, is sometimes hitched to a cart for drives or even in competition, and once more takes part in work in hothouses and with municipalities to collect waste.

Source: IFCE, national breed association, France Anes et Mulets

For More information about : Bourbonnais Donkey

National breed association:

Association de l’âne bourbonnais

Association of the Bourbonnais DonkeyANBO membre SFET

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