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Registration Info
Where Does my Donkey Go?

What are the Reg Books and what determines which book to use?

Miniature Mediterranean Donkey PDF Reg form (give to others for mail-in)

American Miniature/Standard/Mammoth Donkey PDF Reg Form (to give to others for mail-in)

Secure Online form Miniature/MDR Only

Secure ONLINE FORM for all other Longears

PLEASE READ HERE before using online form if you have not used it before.

(* Since we now have online forms, we will no longer assign numbers for show. * )
Registration Rules 1

Registration Rules 2

Registry Checklist

Inspection Form

Transfer Form or   PDF Version

Update Form      or  PDF Version

Stud Report

Breeding Certificate
(on the reg form)

Stud Contract

Sales Contract

Code of Ethics (PDF)

REGISTRY changes 2009

Permanent ID OPTIONS 2010
The ONLINE Registration form is to be used for all ew registrations of donkeys or mules of all sizes. Please do NOT print the online form and mail it in! ***************************

VHOF/Versatility Hall of Fame


Notice to all our loyal and valued members who own and register miniature donkeys. As most of you know at the request of our members, we have been reviewing changes in our registry policies. We have received and reviewed many points of view on this subject.

The suggestion that we "close" our registry book has been discussed for many years. We have kept the registry open in order to build a more varied gene pool. We at the American Donkey and Mule Society now support the policy of closing the MDR (Miniature Donkey Registry) book in order to allow only donkeys that have currently registered parents to be registered in the MDR.

We are not doing this to punish anyone or prevent their access to our registry. Therefore donkeys of untraced parentage or with only one registered parent (which are under 36" at maturity) will be placed in our American Donkey Registry. These animals will be registered as American (or English or Irish, etc) Miniature Donkeys.

A deadline for closing of the MDR book as noted above, will be published in the BRAYER Magazine and on our website in order to allow the membership to become acquainted with the changes in the registry policy.

As it has been for the last 40 years, The American Donkey Registry book will remain open to donkeys of all sizes and types.

Our goal since its very inception has been to be of service to our members. We continue to review and upgrade all registry policies. Any other changes in policy regarding DNA/Microchipping/ID requirements, breeding verification, and registry processing will be announced in the BRAYER and on our website.

In order to accommodate the requests of our membership, the deadline for mandatory ID of animals (specifically the use of DNA on file, microchips, lip tattoo or freeze brand) is scheduled for January 2010. The practice of microchipping and DNA filing for jacks and jennets is encouraged for all animals regardless of size, type or breed. Animals formally registered as non-breeding (pet) quality, or gelded, will not come under this requirement.  While no procedure is perfect our suggestion is that you include one of these procedures in your breeding program. In addition to providing more accuracy in the identification of animals, it will give buyers assurance of ownership and increase the value of your animals.

The use of stud reports/breeding certificates is still mandatory. At this time these reports are used to verify breeding and the chain of ownership of animals. Those animals without verification of parentage will be placed in the ADR books after notification.

ADMS policy is not governed by outside registries, foreign or domestic, nor does the ADMS have any control or input in their procedures. Therefore, if you have animals you are selling for export, you will be bound by the rules of that country and the breed organization that maintains its registry for DNA, microchip, registration and other policies.

Please be assured that our sole interest is in providing a service for our members and the protection of these animals. We are a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit organization. In our 40 year struggle to improve the breeds, (both donkeys of all types and mules), we believe we have been successful and according to the Department of Agriculture have been good representatives of our breeds.

Paul and Betsy Hutchins, Co-Founders of the American Donkey and Mule Society
Miniature Donkey Registry "Closed Book"

Deadline and Definitions

The MDR book will "Close" to untraced donkeys Jan 1, 2009.

WHAT THIS MEANS is that after Jan 1, 2009, donkeys who do not already have parents that are registered in MDR or ADR (if they are older)  as Miniature Mediterranean Donkeys will not be registered in MDR.  They will instead go in our ADR book as Miniature Donkeys.  There will be a provision (under wording revision and review at this time) to allow animal to be added into the MDR after certain criteria are met. These may be having a pedigree that reflects the correct breeding (but having one parent not registered), meeting genetic testing, having additional documentation provided for verification, all of the above, or other items not listed.

IT DOES NOT MEAN that ADMS is closing.  The only "closure" is the restriction of the registering of Miniature Donkeys in the MDR (Miniature Donkey Registry) book.

Some breeders have been encouraging us to do this for years(what many do not know is that it means more than just saying "these donkeys go in the other book").  Rules must also be revised, which also means printing of new literature. 

We must also continue to work with people who have been handed older paperwork.  There will be a grace period where we will have to accept some paperwork and make some changes.

As the new rules are finalized they will be published here in the BRAYER and also on our website. Your patience with this is greatly appreciated.  We know everyone has questions, and we"ll be answering them a.s.a.p.  Please read here or on the website for updates.  We may not be able to address individual emails on the matter of registry changes - we will refer you to the BRAYER or to the website for explanations and rules. 

We realize that rising food and gas costs are having an enormous impact on everyone (all of us who work at the office drive more than 35 miles to reach work and most have animals, too).  We realize that the costs of living are going up and the market for animals may decline.  We have in the past and will continue to try and keep costs as low as possible for our services.  We do encourage you to continue to register animals, so that when things do turn around, you won?' have a mess of paperwork on your hands. 

It may also be a time to evaluate your herds in the general picture.  This was one question addressed on the cost of living survey published in the last issue.  How many jennets do you own?  How many foals did you have born last year?  How many of these foals do you still own?  If you are a hobby breeder and don't actually sell animals, this may not apply, but if you offer animals for sale and begin to have two-year-olds, yearlings and weanlings and aren't seeing any sales, can you afford to keep more donkeys each year?

We want to see all longears thrive and for the public and our members to have a better picture and understanding of the animals, but not at the expense of  overwhelming the market. 

We've simplified some of the processes for you with our online registration, there are labs that will process DNA, and we will provide as much information as possible on care, feeding, hoof trimming, even where to purchase tack, wormers and microchips.  We hope that some of the new rules will continue to improve the breeds in general  - with your support.

FAQ (frequently asked Questions/Trivia)
Includes info on FERTILE MULES, twins, speed of mules/donkeys, etc

Breeding Questions

About Jacks

VHOF (Versitility Hall of Fame)

Lingo (Terminology)

Diseases in Longears


What Can you Do w/Longears?

Clubs and Organizations

Books ( Our "Hee Haw Book Service")

Member Photos

Links (Breeders and Farms)

Measuring Equines

Tail-less Donkeys?

On Gelding (Castration)

Buyers Checklist (BEFORE you purchase!)

SPOTTING PIX (pinto-spotted donkeys)

Dear John Henry (advise from a Mule)


One tough Mule/Bad-ass Mule


FEES for ADMS Services

Microchipping Notice Sheet
(to inform ADMS of added chip #s for your animals)  New 6-6-08

Found a lost or strayed Longear with a Microchip?

Need literature?
Visit  Hee Haw Books


Measuring for Dwarfism in Donkeys

Registered Farm Names

Prefixes MAIN
(Farm names added 8-20/21-08)
Prefix/Name Rules (see Rules)
In Plain English, straight from the Source

ADMS is not closing.

The MDR registry book (Miniature Donkey Registry book) will become what is known as a "closed" registry book.  This means that ONLY donkeys with both parents already registered as Miniature Mediterranean Donkeys will go in the MDR Book.

All other donkeys of all sizes and types may still be registered.  If both parents are not registered MDR, or with accepted papers showing they are Miniature DOnkeys, they simply go in a different book.


ALL Minaiture Mediterranean donkeys will need to have some form of permanent ID buy Jan 2010. ADMS will not dictate the form (several are suggested). It is stronly suggested that ALL registered animals - regardless of size, type/breed - have some form of Permanent ID.

ADMS will not enforce that only one type of chip must be used if you prefer microchips.  A number of brands are in use already among various areas of the world.  Universal readers are available that read multiple brands of microchip. '

It should be understood by all that even the photos we have required, and will still continue to require, are not 100% accurate in the ways of identifying an animal.  If you purchase sight-unseen, you always risk getting the wrong animal.  ID will help, but still is not a guarantee.  We have had numerous cases where spotted donkeys with VERY different spot patterns have been mixed up and the wrong papers given to the new owner.

Both the seller and buyer are responsible for making sure they get the correct animal and the correct set of papers that go with it.

The ADMS Office Staff
Sept 2008.