Pedigree is important in selecting the best possible stock for breeding. The original imported Miniature Donkey stock had a relatively small gene pool so some inbreeding was inevitable. Breeders should try to avoid inbreeding by keeping pedigrees and selecting pairings that are not too closely related. Inbreeding can cause problems with conformation, fertility, hardiness and genetic defects.
(NMDA has been involved with DNA Typing/Testing since 2000. Contact information on this service is available from the NMDA through direct contact with the central office:
6450 Dewey Road,
Rome, NY 13440