Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Baudet de Poitou: an intriguing donkey




The Baudet de Poitou is a relatively large donkey, standing 13 to 15 hands high. The most recognizable feature is their long hair, known as “cadenette” which hangs down like dreadlocks. In color they are always dark brown or black, but with a white tummy and nose, as well as lighter hairs around the eyes. They lack the dark dorsal stripe seen in most other breeds. Their hair is a dominant trait and crossbred animals will have this feature as well. Sadly this handsome donkey died on a boat while being imported to the USA, photo source.

The origin of these animals is unclear although they were eventually bred in the Poitou region of France where they may have been a status symbol through the Middle Ages.


I'm trying to imagine the grooming that would be necessary on this lovely animal, but at the same time am also figuring there wouldn't be much need for things like fly spray!

8 comments:

ponymaid said...

Billie, he is magnificent. I wonder if those donkeys travel with their hair stylist - and if some sort of garden rake is employed.

Grey Horse Matters said...

I've never seen or heard of these donkeys before. The grooming looks like it would be a nightmare.

billie said...

Sheaffer, I can't imagine the grooming tools that would come into play for those locks!

billie said...

Arlene, I wonder what exactly is involved?

Maddy said...

Now that's a DONKEY!!!
What a cutie!

Matthew said...

Just, wow.

billie said...

Maddy, I keep picturing him in motion with the dredlocks swinging in rhythm to his gait.

billie said...

Come on, Matthew, you can say more than that! :)