In the 1930’s there was less than 80 in the world and today are still less than 1,000.
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.