Only 18% of people polled by YouGov believed donkeys to be charismatic. All donkeys possess their own unique charm, helping them make an enormous impact worldwide. Learn more here.

Why does this misunderstanding exist?

Donkeys require positive human company in order for their charismatic nature to shine. Negative experiences with humans will encourage a donkey to avoid people due a combination of their self-preservation instinct and their long-reaching memory. This can then be misinterpreted as shyness or an absence of charisma.

What might negatively impact my donkey’s charisma?

A lack of charisma may indicate some underlying problems such as:

  • Discomfort
  • Pain
  • Fear
  • Lack of mental stimulation
  • Lack of environmental enrichment
  • Negative experiences with people.


Donkeys are joyful and enthusiastic, not grumpy or uncharismatic. If you notice a change in your donkey’s personality, make sure to check for any negative environmental factors or underlying health issues.

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