I need donkey help!

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This is totally random but someone has contacted me about a local 6 month old minature donkey looking for a home.

It has been my dream to own a donkey for as long as I can remember. Now, this donkey is 6 months old and an unaltered male. At this time he is healthy and is an “indoor” donkey.

Now, is this even possible to keep a donkey as an indoor animal? Does one go about training them as a dog? I want him but I don’t want to even entertain the idea until I know what I’m really getting into.

But his stinkin’ adorable face makes me want him so so so bad.
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He's so cute! I dunno about indoor though. I'm sure he can be trained to be outdoor. The only advice I can think of is to look up donkey ownership 101 and boards and see how much space he needs at minimum and your areas rules about live stock.
 

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Well are you sure he's a minature donkey
Because when I got my pet pig he was spotted
To be a female minature potbelly pig and to
Only Feed him crackers and water and he would be The size of a medium dog but instead I got a
Male 400 pound pig how only like me living in Playpen around a treble with 9 dogs wondering around the house every time it time for the pig to Go outside go potty we have to hook up all the dogs Then he spend an hour outside and come right back in to his bed and ask for food mine you we make it work but the problem is that he only listen to me because he thinks I'm his Mommy
 

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None that I, personally own now. But I’ve got the family dog and my boyfriend’s puppy I basically care for while he’s at work these days since I have nothing better to do. :/
Well I think you will be fine keeping in the house
As long as you take it outside to potty and to graze
On some grass since you have only to dog I think you will be fine as long as you sensitized so there
friends I have had people keeping minature donkey in there house with dogs
Here a great link to a great YouTube channel tiny tim https://m.youtube.com/channel/UChE3dIF9dwIKE3_pox4_DcA
 

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I’ve done a lot of research over the years about housing and keeping a donkey. They are my favourite animal. Fun factoid on me: I did my finial (major) paper in college on donkeys (everyone else chose other hooved animals) and to my surprise my professor who taught my course for 15 years apparently never had anyone write one about Donkeys until I did.

I was just hoping someone here might have ownership insight since a lot of peeps here seem to have a lot more experience in owning different animals. :)

@my little pony collector - I love Tiny Tim. I follow him everywhere. Lol
 

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I’ve done a lot of research over the years about housing and keeping a donkey. They are my favourite animal. Fun factoid on me: I did my finial (major) paper in college on donkeys (everyone else chose other hooved animals) and to my surprise my professor who taught my course for 15 years apparently never had anyone write one about Donkeys until I did.

I was just hoping someone here might have ownership insight since a lot of peeps here seem to have a lot more experience in owning different animals. :)

@my little pony collector - I love Tiny Tim. I follow him everywhere. Lol

Foofoo and Hank have a farm, so they might. Best of luck and if you adopt the little fella take a ton of pictures for us.
 
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So adorable!:ponylove:
We had a mule days festival with a parade and a whole week of events where I used to live. We got to see lots of donkeys and they were do sweet. They didn't live up to the "stubborn" temperament. The miniature horses, however, were dangerously mean.

Odd fact. You can, in fact, have a miniature horse as an indoor service animal in certain specific situations. :blink:
 

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Oh, I'm no help either cause all I can say is how adorable he is and you must have him! I bet he'd be even cuter in a sweater :D

Is this going to be a thing now Gingerbread? :blink: Cute donkeys in sweaters?

Cuz I'm on board! :lolpony:
 
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*le gasp* YES! Donkey sweater is a must if I get him. I’m going up on the weekend to visit him and see what his temperament is like and see how Clover does with him.

Before or after you get him a sweater?

Crossing my fingers that everything goes well Skybreeze!
 

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I will make him a sweater out of my various HP fabrics waiting for something special.

I’m so excited to go meet him. I hope he and Clover get along.

Me too!
 

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OH MY GLOB HE IS SO STINKIN' ADORBS! I wanna eat his face! AUGH!!!

Ahem. Well. Dang I want dat donkey.

Anyhoo, it's true that some people have kept mini donkeys in their homes, but typically they can cause some pretty serious problems. Donkeys, from large to small have some pretty standard behavioral traits. Even gelded the males are sweet, but very domineering. They will sometimes 'fall in love' with their owners and become very possessive, even to the point of hurting other pets or people. Sometimes... they will even hurt you, the apple of their eye. I say this from experience. I had a beautiful little white donkey that I kept for a neighbor. He lived with me from 3 years and was my constant companion. Never aggressive to people, but he often would go after the cats or dogs if they tried to get near me when he was around. He never hurt them, but it wasn't for lack of trying. Then one day I took my sister Lindy and her son into the pasture to see him and Lindy put her arm around me. My little Jose went nuts, but he didn't attack them (fortunately) he instead slammed me to the ground, rearing up and literally stomping me flat into the grass, then he laid on top of me. Gladly he wasn't a full size donkey, but he wasn't a mini either. He showed them that I was his. LIndy had to grab her son and put him over the fence then every time she tried to approach us, Jose bit my hair and pulled. I told her, just back up and get out of the pasture. She did and he got off me, and I had to crawl on my elbows to get under the fence. Every time I tried to stand he'd knock me down. This is a donkey who'd never showed an ounce of malice towards me. The next day he was back to his sweet ways. A vet friend later told me it wasn't really unusual, that donkeys are 'very dramatic' in their emotions. When my neighbor heard what Jose had done, he immediately sold him (then tried to give me the money for my doctor bills, the sweet man), but I cried and cried. I loved him, even though he really messed me up. Would he have done it again? I dunno. But I wanted to keep him anyway.

I can't think it would be good to have a mini inside all the time. I could see an inside/outside arrangement, but as long as he stayed quite small and showed no aggression towards others. But I'd definitely have him altered, I think that's a must unless he's just top notch breeding material. But I just have to tell you the potential is there that he could get wacky, and he could hurt someone. Donkeys are just... temperamental. I wouldn't want to dissuade you from getting him, I just want you to be aware that sometimes they have some serious attitude. Once you meet him and talk with his owners, you'll get a better feel of things.

I would totally get him though. :D
 
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