Question by  annysez (15)

What is the difference between a donkey and a mule?

I am not sure if the animal I have is a donkey or a mule, can you help me out?


Answer by  Kat76 (475)

A mule is a hybrid of a donkey and a horse, and a donkey is just a donkey. A mule is sterile, meaning it cannot reproduce. Mules are typically smaller than donkeys.


Answer by  Angela17 (697)

A mule is a hybrid, created by cross-breeding a horse with a donkey. As such, a mule is sterile, and unable to further reproduce. A donkey is able to reproduce. A donkey is usually smaller in size. The mule will have a short spiky mane and sparse tail. It will tend to have a more horse-like coat.


Answer by  Anonymous

the main difference is in the genes. a horse has 64 chromesones, donks have 62, therefore a mule/hinny has 63. most mules/hinnys are sterile, but there have been cases where they have produced offspring. a mule is a male donkey female horse. hinny male horse female donkey.

posted by Anonymous
mules can be anysize. they are bred as draught animals as a mule has more strength than a horse of the same size, hence them pulling cannons in battle, track when building railroads etc during the centuries. a mule is a mixed up animal, that is neither horse nor donkey.  add a comment
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