A mule is the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse. Horses are typically much larger than donkeys and such offspring may exhibit the genetic traits of size passed down by the mother horse. Horses and donkeys are different species and as such have a different number of chromosomes. A “hinny” would be the offspring of a female donkey and a male horse, and are much harder to obtain.
A donkey is a distinct species while a mule is the hybrid between a male donkey and a female horse. Mules can be bread to be different sizes depending on the size of the parents for different jobs. In other words because a Mule is a hybrid there is no real average size and I would argue that generalization of mules being bigger than donkeys doesn’t necessarily hold true.
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