Equidae

Morphology

Weight
from 300 to 450 kg
Height
1.35 à 1.50 m at withers
Length

Classification

Classe
Mammals
Family
Equidae
Equus asinus
 

diet

It feeds on grass, flowers and hay and drinks up to 15 litres of water a day.
 

Reproduction

It reaches sexual maturity between 1.5 and 2 years.
The mating season is between April and July.
Gestation: 12 to 13 months
Litter: usually one young; twin births are rare. At birth, the young weighs between 10 and 40 kg.
 

distribution

It originated in western France.
 

numbers

There are now about 350 Poitou donkeys.
 

did you know ?

The Poitou donkey or ass is the oldest breed of donkey in France. It was above all used for transport and for the production of mules. 
It has a shaggy coat in bay, brown or black. It has large, oversized ears.