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Shanbei Donkey

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Country: China

Home tract: Yulin Prefecture and Yan’an Prefecture, Shanxi Province

Morphological Characters

Body: Firm type, lower front body

Body coat: Black, gray, pinto is the most common colours. It has back stripe and transverse stripe

Head: Large

Eyes: Small

Ears: Long

Neck: Lower and flat

Croop: Short and sloping

Back: Straight

Abdomen: Large

Mophometric traits

Body length: Male 107 cm, female 109 cm

Body height at withers: Male 106 cm, female 106 cm

Breast circumference: Male 116 cm, female 117 cm

Cannon circumference: Male 13 cm, female 13 cm

Reproductive traits

Reproductive life is 12-13 years

Lactation number is 8 in all lifetime

Reproductive life: 12~13 years old

Uses: They can be used as riding, drafting, carrying, milling.


  1. Beijing, “Report on Domestic Animal Genetic Resources in China,” June 2003 [Web Reference]
  2. Porter V., Alderson G.L.H., Hall S.J.G. and Sponenberg D.P., 2016, “Mason’s World Encyclopedia of Livestock Breeds and Breeding,” 2 Volume Pack. Cabi [Web Reference]
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