Missing Breed: Dongola

  • About The Breed:

    NAME: Dongola
    Alternative Names: Dongalawi, Dongolas, Dongolaw

    Real life:
    Mason's World Encyclopedia of Livestock Breeds and Breeding
    Dongola Horse Informations
    Alchetron - Dongola Horse
    (french) hippologie

    Difference to current Breeds / How is it unique?
    The original version of Dongola is mostly extinct one of the prime reasons being mixed breed with the Barb, Arab as well as their crossbreeds. Another reason for its decline may also be the lack of proper initiatives to improve the condition of the breed.

    Because of their strong stature and excellent riding abilities they had been of immense use in the past. The King of Sennar had obtained some of these horses in the year 1772, describing them to be of a fine quality with a strength equivalent to coach horses, though light and free in movements and spirit.

    They also served as cavalry horses for the Abyssinian troupes during the Italian-Abyssinian war. Moreover, the lighter version of the hunter horse developed after importing the Dongola to Italy, while Germany too conducted similar experiments. Certain other horses are regarded to be strains of the Dongola, including Fulana (North Africa); Hausa and Bornu (Nigeria); Bahar-el-Ghazal (Chad); Djerma, Songhai, Mossi, and Yagha (Niger Bend). In fact, these breeds collectively are referred to as the West African Dongola or even the West African Barb.

    Temperament/ Personality: Spirited, energetic, intelligent and bold
    Physical Characteristics: Large head; well-pronounced convex profile; long back; flat and high chest; long and thin legs, convex head profile
    Common Use all types of riding
    Height: 15 to 15.2 hands
    Health: No breed-related issues
    Country of Origin: Sudan, Eritrea
    Year of development: May be during the 12th or 13th century
    Ancestors: Arab, Barb, Iberian

    All kinds of disciplines
    (unfortunatelly, I don't know much about breedcaps...)

    Pictures of Colors

    Dark Bay, white legs and face (source: horse breed pictures)
    Dark Bay, white legs and face

    Reddish Bay, white legs and face (source: horse breed pictures)
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    Grey (source: Alchetron)
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    Seal Bay, white legs (source: Alchetron)
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    Black, white face and legs (source: horse breed pictures)
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    Pinto (source: wikipedia)
    Drawing of an intriguing piebald Dongola horse by F. Joseph Cardini from 1848.
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    More Pictures: - click here -

    Master Breed List
    Base Colors: Black, Bay, Chestnut
    Modifiers: sabino, rabicano, dun, cream
    White Markings: yes
    Does your breed carry Appaloosa? no
    Does your breed carry Grey? yes
    Which colors are rare for this breed? dun / cream modified colors
    What outcrosses are allowed? yes

    Examples Of The Breed

    Black mare, long legs, convex head profile
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    Palomino (rare) stallion, long legs, splashed white, convex head
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    Grey stallion, long legs, convex head
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    Dongola-Template (by Daruma Fields):
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