American Mammoth Jack
The world’s largest breed of ass, the American Mammoth Jack stock was developed in the U.S. through the selective cross breeding of imported European stock with local Native American & Mexican animals.
Small time breeding of these animals was common for more than 100 years prior to the development of their official registry in 1888. This is an animal developed based on the needs of people in various areas, but mainly for agricultural & transportation. The intention was to create a larger & stronger animal more capable of heavy workloads.
Attempt at Standardization
Selective breeding helped to preserve important traits, but was often limited to what was available for use. However, initially the registry attempted to standardize the breed to only include black animals a minimum of 15hands tall. Over the years, these these rigid type lines have blurred & the breed encompasses a number of colors & sizes.
Jacks must be a minimum of 14.2 hands
Jennets must be a minimum of 14 hands
Head is well shaped & tapered to a round muzzle
Large, wide-set eyes & long, upright ears
Neck should be muscular but not too thick & well proportioned
Good width, depth & length of body
Strong loins & a full hip
Legs should be strong & thick
Feet are large & well cupped
Willing & tireless
Mild mannered & kind
Create draft mules