Donkey vs. Mule vs. Hinny: A Look at the Differences

To the average equine  appreciator, the  terms “mule” and  “donkey” are often  used interchangeably.

But just what sets  them apart from each other?

Donkeys and mules may look and seem similar at first glance, but they are actually two fully separate animals. As such, there are a number of differences between the two.


To start with, donkeys are also a separate species from horses. Though they both belong to the equine family, donkeys are smaller, more compact and stockier than horses and have longer ears, coarser fur, and a thicker, shorter mane.


Donkeys, however, are very compatible with horses – so compatible, in fact, that they can breed together. When a male donkey breeds with a female horse, you get the mule.

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