Mule and Donkey Definitions

Mules and More Magazine shares information on mule and donkey definitions and how these beasts differ from one another.
Courtesy Mules and More Magazine
March/April 2007

Learn about the differences between mules and donkeys.
PHOTO: FOTOLIA/CLAUDIA NARDEMANN


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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








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