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October 27, 2009

What is the Difference Between a Burro and a Donkey?

If you are just starting out learning about donkeys, this may be a question that is puzzling you. So let's find the answer!

What is the difference in a burro and a donkey?

"Donkey" is the name we commonly use to refer to animals in the species "Equus asinus". Donkeys come in many different sizes and breeds. In the United States donkeys are usually classified by size as Miniature (up to 36" tall at the shoulders), Small Standard (36 to 48" tall), Large Standard (48 to 54" tall for females, and 48 to 56" tall for males), and Mammoth Jackstock (54" and up for females and 56" and up for males).

The term "Burro" is the Spanish word for donkey. In the United States, it is typically used to refer to the Standard size of donkeys - the most common type of donkey seen in south and central America.

The word "Burro" is not generally used when refering to miniature or mammoth donkeys or to other specific breeds from other parts of the world.

So there you have it! Burro is just another word for Donkey, but is usually only used when refering to the medium sized donkeys in the USA, and in Spanish speaking countries.

Kristie Jorgensen

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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at October 27, 2009 05:36 PM