Do you Have a Donkey or a Burro?

What’s the Difference?

This is a common question. Regarding burros and donkeys in specific, there’s a very simple answer…


The Spanish word “burro” came from the word “Burrisimo” meaning little horse.  The word Donkey came from the English word “dun” and “ky” which means small.  Basically, both words have the same meaning… or do they?

Here in the U.S. we use both terms, for these specific reasons…

• A Donkey is domesticated

• A Burro is wild, or free roaming

That’s it! Now, if you really want to be confused, visit Donkey, Ass, Burro, Mule, What They All Mean.


Author: amy elizabeth, TBN Ranch

amy elizabeth is a Backyard Chicken-Keeping Advocate & Consultant, Vintage Collector, & Author.

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