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Slovenian Donkey, Istrian

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Country: Slovenia

Home tract: Their origin is mainly from Balkan states and Italy, they are purchased from different handlers, as in the case in most European countries.

Status: Nearly extinct, conservation

Remarks: In the past, donkeys were very much in use in the Mediterranean part of Slovenia, in Istria, to transport water and to take goods (like vegetables) to town market for selling. A "melting pot" makes out of this conglomerat "pet donkey" of different sizes.


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  2. Kugler W., Grunenfelder H.P. and Broxham E., 2008, “Donkey breeds in Europe,” St. Gallen, Switzerland: Monitoring institute for rare breeds and seeds in Europe. [Web Reference]
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