Sperki or Piddie Breed of Donkey

Habitat: The production area of this breed is the same like that of Shinghari, i.e. Khurasan, Suleiman mountainous region, Marri and Bugti hills. Mostly found in Kohlu district.

Phenotypic characteristics: Smaller in size, very wild and cant easy to handle. A threat to Shinghari breeds because of high libido power and conceive Shinghari females. Carry a weight of load on back up to 160 kg in plain areas and 60-80 kg in mountainous areas, mainly use for water transportation and light agricultural operations.  Age at first mating is 2 years depending upon the feed availability and type of work

Vegetation: Consume all types of grasses and bushes. Even consume woody vegetation of trees. Eat bark and wood in the time of feed scarcity.

Population: Population is about 0.5 million and the trend is stable or even decline.

Special traits:

v  Very hardy and consume very fibrous feeding materials

v  No need of any care and management

v  Highly resistant to diseases

v  Ability to run fast

Economic importance: This breed of donkey is mainly use for water transportation and light agricultural operations. The kids of nomads are also carrying by this donkey. Also use for light carts in cities of Punjab and Sind. Also use as game animal in Punjab and Sind province for cart racing, hence catch high prices by hobbyists.

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