Donkeys look similar to horses, although they are smaller in size. Donkeys have large heads with big ears. Domestic breeds come in many sizes and colours, including black, gray, white, and brown.
Donkeys are hardy animals. They are able to thrive on less feed than horses. Donkeys only need an ample supply of healthy grass, or horse quality hay.
Domestic donkeys live in highly varied terrains and climates, although they prefer warm and dry places.
A donkeys gestation period is longer than a horses at 12 - 13 months. Donkeys are not mature until about six years of age. Although like most mammals they can physically reproduce before full maturity.
Commonly used for transport, whether riding, pack transport or pulling carts. Also farm tillage, threshing, raising water, milling and other jobs.