Breathe in (HEE), breathe out (HAW). Did you know that the distinct vocalization of a donkey occurs both during the inhale and exhale of its breath? This means that the bray is unique not only because of its unmistakable sound, but also in its unusual delivery. A donkey's bray subsides only when it becomes out of breath. In a herd of dozens an attentive owner will always be able to distinguish one bray from another, as there is no one bray like another. Let’s have a listen to a Double Donkey Ranch mini making her echoing musical sounds:
Although miniature donkeys are required to stand less than 36” tall, they are not small in spirit!! At DDR, we often joke that the smaller the stature the grander the spirit. And with spirit, comes a desire to have their voices heard! Mini donkeys will attempt to train you with their collective bray, whether that be for prompt feedings, additional field time, pets and attention, or just to say “hey…don’t forget about us.” If you bend to the bray, their intelligent and determined minds will continue with additional gusto. Let’s have a listen to a group of Double Donkey jennies announcing that it’s past dinnertime:
If the heehaw of a donkey is not music to your ears, you will find jacks particularly unrelenting. Boys will be boys and jacks are no exception. Their constant need to assert dominance, the wind blowing the slightest whiff of a female in heat his way, or the sight un unwelcome creature will send most jacks into full “I am lion, hear me roar” mode! In some cases, jacks just seem to just love the sound of their own voice, no particular occasion required. So, if loud braying is not music to your ears a jack is probably not for you. Let’s take a listen to a mighty little Double Donkey Ranch jack now:
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