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 2016: 17 births
In 2015: 11 births
In 2014: 6 births
In 2013: 10 births
In 2012: 10 births
The Bourbonnais donkey has kept its rustic aspect and solid limbs. It has large, straight ears.
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 Donkey
Maison de l’Ane
Tel. +33 (0)2 54 30 57 08
Website : http://anr-bourbonnais.web-anr.net (French only)