Poitou Donkey
Origin: Poitou Region of France

Latin Name: Equus asinus

Habitat: Domestically Bred

Diet: Hay, grass and mineral supplements

Lifespan: Up to 35 years

Average Size: Weight: 540 Kg., Height: Up to 152 cm


The Poitou donkey is one of the largest donkey breeds in the world with a distinctive shaggy coat called a cadonette which hangs in long ungroomed cords.  The Poitou has bone structure and larger feet than any other breed of donkey. The coat is always dark brown or black.  While lacking the stripes and cross like marks on the coats of other breeds of donkey, the Poitou generally has a white underbelly, nose and rings around its eyes.