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.


About tbnranch

amy elizabeth, writer, author, antique dealer. Lives in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert on a small hobby farm.
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4 Responses to Do you Have a Donkey or a Burro?

  1. Thanks for stopping by and visiting the Sundog Drift. I’m glad I found you. You are a great source of information for my burro Rosie.

  2. bulldog says:

    Now that was an interesting share…

  3. Littlesundog says:

    Thanks for clearing this up. It’s one of those questions we are too afraid to show our ignorance to ask!!

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