Mule and Donkey Definitions

Mules and More Magazine shares information on mule and donkey definitions and how these beasts differ from one another.

Mules and donkeys

Learn about the differences between mules and donkeys.

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Learn about mule and donkey definitions and what the differences are between mules and donkeys. 

DONKEY — Nickname for members of the ass family (Equus asinus)

JACK, JACKASS, Jack Ass — The male of the ass family

JENNET or JENNY — Female of the ass family

BURRO — Small members of the ass family from Mexican and Spanish stock, native to the Southwest, but not widespread

MAMMOTH JACK/JENNET — Large members (measuring 14 hands or more) of the ass family used for draft mule production

MULE — A cross between a male ass (jack) and a female horse (mare)

HINNY — A cross between a male horse (stallion) and a female donkey