Wellground Miniature Donkeys
Miniature Donkeys in the UK from Wellground Farm in Wiltshire.
“Miniature donkeys possess the affectionate nature of a Newfoundland, the resignation of a cow, the durability of a mule, the courage of a tiger, and the intellectual capability only slightly inferior to man’s,” Robert Green.
Miniature Donkeys in the UK
After many years breeding elite genetics. Rob and Les Rawlins have all the experience that was needed to breed some of the finest Miniature Donkeys in the UK.
Wellground Farm is nestled under the famous Westbury White Horse monument, in the village of Bratton on the edge of Salisbury Plain. The farm was created in 2003. Using a Canadian Log Home as the farmhouse and is situated in an idyllic location. A place of peace and tranquillity to enjoy these wonderful animals.
A great place to breed Miniature Donkeys in the UK.
Finding our Destiny with Miniature Donkeys
Les and Rob have found their destiny in breeding these beautiful miniature donkeys. Having previously bred alpacas with a 'step away reflex' that don't willingly indulge humans. The miniature donkey, by contrast, is loving and inquisitive. They adore human interaction and they are so trusting. Miniature Donkeys give back the love that is poured over them. These donkeys are not just physically beautiful. They have the most wonderful endearing characters and they are a joy to be with.
The key to the Wellground breeding programme was sourcing the best possible genetics. Elite Miniature Donkey bloodlines that had already been imported into the UK. Imported from elite breeding programmes in the USA. Rob and Les have sourced their core breeding herd. By selecting the very finest female and stud genetics. Identifying specific traits including colour, conformation and most importantly temperament.
Our Miniature Donkey 'Herd Sire'
This is Half Ass Acres Black 'n' Bling. A 'solid black' miniature donkey stallion. Bling was bred at the Half Ass Acres Miniature Donkey Ranch in Tennessee, USA.
Black 'n' Bling was imported into the United Kingdom from the USA when he was young. He was imported by Sarah Friend of Wynnfield Miniature Donkeys in Kent. Bling is not only a stunning looking male and solid black in colour. He has the most amazing temperament.
We selected Bling as our Wellground 'Herd Sire' having assessed his offspring in Kent. Having appreciated his gentle and sociable manner with humans and female donkeys. Bling started work at Wellground Farm in spring 2018. We are very excited and looking forward to his offspring being born here in 2019.
Miniature Donkeys in the UK for sale.
Wellground will be offering for sale a limited number of their offspring. Very high quality miniature donkeys with attributes that their new owners will adore. More information about miniature donkeys for sale is available on our Donkeys for Sale page.
Miniature Donkey Fact File
Wellground Farm is not a Donkey Sanctuary and is not open to the public. The Donkey Sanctuary near Sidmouth in Devon is a great place to see miniature donkeys. Entry is free and they have facilities for families. Visit www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk
What is a Miniature Donkey? Miniature Mediterranean Donkeys are a separate breed of donkey originating from the islands of Sardinia and Sicily.
What colour are miniature donkeys? Most common is grey dun with chocolate highlights, but other colours include brown, black, slate grey, sorrel, spotted, piebald, skewbald and cream
How small is a miniature Donkey? For a donkey to be registered as a Miniature Mediterranean Donkey, it must stand less than 36" tall at the withers.
What do they eat? Grass and hay or straw.
What care do they need? Regular visits from the farrier, worming, vaccinations and equine dentistry. They need the availability of a shelter with hard-standing so their hooves can dry out, as they come from hot countries with sandy soils. They need about one acre or more of land and grazing should be severely restricted in the spring to prevent laminitis. Donkeys do not live alone. They need the company of another donkey, not a horse or pony.
Temperament? Delightful: loving, inquisitive and trusting.
Our Commitment to our Customers and their Donkeys
All of our Donkeys will come with the support and back-up that the new owner and the donkeys concerned deserve to receive. At Wellground Farm, donkey welfare is paramount. Ongoing support and advice will always be available to support the new owner and the donkeys.
Donkeys for sale will come with the following:
- Mandatory Equine Passport, issued by the Donkey Breed Society.
- All vaccinations will be up to date and the donkeys will be in a current worming programme for internal parasite control.
- Donkeys for sale will be micro-chipped.
- Donkeys will have a Pedigree Certificate issued by the Miniature Mediterranean Donkey Association in the UK. This certificate will show at least 3 generations of ancestors. The genetics of our donkeys are very important to us. Their ancestors are all renowned for their quality. As a result, the full pedigree history will offer the new owner reassurance that their new miniature donkey is bred from high quality breeding stock.
- Donkeys will come with computer printout from our herd software. This will include a full history of their vaccinations and any medications prescribed throughout their time at Wellground. This printout will include a record of their regular hoof trimming. It will also include a calendar reminder of any future vaccinations, worming and hoof trimming and the date those issues will need addressing.
The Miniature Donkeys will be exactly that, genuine miniature donkeys, in compliance with the breed standard. Donkeys will be delivered to their new homes only after those facilities are vetted as being suitable for the care of these wonderful creatures.
For more information about our miniature donkey genetics CLICK HERE.