Large head, and ears covered with long hair. The long shaggy coat of the Poitou donkey is always dark brown or black, and have a distinct curly silky appearance – known as “bourailloux”. The donkey can be brush. It used to say that the long hair was supposed to hide defects. His legs are strong and they used to say as bigger than coach horses. Massive bone structure and a large foot with long hair.
- for the male, between 1.40 and 1.50 m
- for the female, between 1.35 and 1.45 m
According to the studbook, the baudet should be or should have: “a strong neck, a long and straight back, prominent hips, short rump, strong legs, very strong joints, wide, open and hairy foot. The donkey is 1.40 to 1.50 tall from feet to wither. The coat is brown bay with silver grey around the mouth, the nose, and the eyes. The coat should never be roan (nor spots or dappled) and never have mule’s line (“raie de mulet” in french). The colour is light grey on underbelly and inside the thighs.