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A new donkey breed has been formalised by the Mexican Association of Donkey and Mule Breeders with newly-bred animals seen at the Brio Natural ranch, Arteaga, Coahuila, Sunday.

The breed has been designed with exceptional strength and height in mind, as well as pleasing aesthetics.

Males are expected to measure between approximately 1.3 and 1.4 metres (4.27 and 4.59 feet), while females are expected to be between 1.25 and 1.35 metres (4.10 and 4.43 feet).

In an interview, President at the Mexican Association of Donkey and Mule Breeders, David Alonso Alcala, explained the thought process behind the name of the new breed, “we were looking for a transcendent name that would give us a Mexican identity, when you say Mixtec, from the moment you hear it you know it has to do with something that is Mexican. The proposal came from the members of this association and I think it was the most adequate.”

The breed also shares its name with indigenous Mesoamerican tribes who live in modern-day Mexico.

Alcala also shared details on the breed classification process conducted by the association, “the characteristic of the breed is defined and then go through a technical committee of a group of appraisers that has to go to verify when there is a candidate. Assuming they meet the characteristics, it is searched and measured and after a collegiate decision it is decided whether or not it is (a Mixtec).”

The first certified Mixtec donkey has been named ‘Zenturion’ as a breeding programme at the Brio Natural ranch has been launched to ensure continuity.

SOT, David Alonso Alcala, President at Mexican Association of Donkey and Mule Breeders (Spanish): “The characteristics of a Mixtec donkey, in general terms, if we start with the head, it has to be a smaller head, not too big, large expressive eyes, firm ears that aren’t drooping, colloquially not down, firm ears, a neck that’s not inverted either below or above. A good implantation of the head and neck, and then the neck and the trunk of the body.”

SOT, Miguel Angel Calderon, Veterinarian (Spanish): “If it is a Mexican donkey that the breed has been born to, then the Mexican association of donkey breeders in Mexico has been at your service.”

SOT, David Alonso Alcala, President at Mexican Association of Donkey and Mule Breeders (Spanish): “We were looking for a transcendent name that would give us a Mexican identity. When you say Mixtec, from the moment you hear it you know it has to do with something that is Mexican. The proposal came from the members of this association and I think it was the most adequate.”

SOT, David Alonso Alcala, President at Mexican Association of Donkey and Mule Breeders (Spanish): “Through the genetic absorption technique, the purification of the breed is sought. The characteristic of the breed is defined and then goes through a technical committee of a group of appraisers that has to go to verify when there is a candidate. Assuming they meet the characteristics, it is searched and measured and after a collegiate decision it is decided whether or not it is (a Mixtec).”

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