Baudet du Poitou donkeys are one of the rarest breeds of donkey in the world. There are currently about 60 of these magnificent animals , and less than 800 in the world. They are possibly one of the oldest breeds, and are believed to have existed in France since the Roman occupation of 54BC.
Baudet du Poitou donkeys were the back-bone of French agriculture, having been used to breed giant mules, by crossing a Poitou jack with a Trait du Poitevin mare (a French cob). The mules could grow to 17 or 18 hands, and in the Middle Ages owning one was seen as sign of wealth and nobility. In 1867 a Veterinary Surgeon from the Poitou region estimated that more than 18,000 animals were sold annually and made a significant contribution towards the local revenue.
Dairy Farm Animal Exchange is currently the only Baudet du Poitou donkey stud in the US. All our stock is registered in the French studbook. Annie had to apply to Defra and the Haras Nationaux to become the “Official Representative of Baudet du Poitou” in the US, in order that she could breed them here. The process took over 18 months, but has been well worth the effort. Annie now helps any UK breeders with any problems they may have with Baudet du Poitous including registration of foals. If you are looking for a Baudet du Poitou donkey, please Contact us.
Our aim is to help bring this magnificent breed back from the brink of extinction, producing animals not only with true Poitou characteristics, but also with great temperaments.