The Donkey Sanctuary has produced this guide to explain some of the following donkey definitions and donkey terms.

Donkey definitions

Colt: A colt is a young male donkey less than four years of age.

Filly: A filly is a young female donkey less than four years of age.

Foal: A foal is a baby male or female donkey up to one year old.

Gelding: A castrated male donkey.

Mare: A female donkey.

Rig: A rig is an entire male donkey with no signs of external testicles.

Stallion: A stallion is a male donkey that has not been gelded (castrated).

Yearling: A yearling is a young male or female donkey between one and two years of age.

Donkey terms

Asino: An asino is the Italian word for donkey.

Ass: An ass is either a male or female donkey.

Burro: A burro is the Spanish word for donkey.

Hinny: A hinny is the result of breeding between a female donkey and a male horse.

Jack: A jack is a term for a male donkey.

Jenny: A jenny (or jennet) is a term for a female donkey.

Moke: A moke is a British term for a donkey.

Molly: A molly is a term for a female mule.

Mule: A mule is the result of breeding between a male donkey and a female horse.