Sicilian donkeys, more commonly known as miniature donkeys, were originally native to North Africa before being brought to Sicily. Throughout the world, these hardy animals carry people and goods and pull carts. They mature early, ready to work by the age of 3. Because they evolved in a harsh, dry environment, they don’t require much food. There are over 180 breeds of domesticated donkey. Donkeys have a notorious reputation for stubbornness, but this actually attributed to a much stronger sense of self-preservation than exhibited by horses. Donkeys are quite intelligent, cautious, friendly, playful, and often eager to learn.
Donkey coats can be gray, brown, black, red (or sorrel), spotted and a rarer solid white color called frosted spotted white. Most donkeys have white around their eyes and muzzle and on their underside.