Donkeys can make good pets for those who want an animal to help out around the yard or to take on walks and rides. The donkey diet consists mostly of simple grasses, but donkeys require the same vaccinations and basic care as prescribed to horses, according to PawNation.

Donkeys are famous for their stubbornness and hardiness as work animals with an attitude. However, some pet owners report that donkeys are also useful to trim the lawn, protect smaller livestock and carry around small children and other light loads on their backs. Donkeys are also commonly employed as sherpas for wilderness treks.