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Can Horses Mate With Zebras?

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Ian John answered
A zebroid is the offspring of any cross between a zebra and any other equine: Essentially, a zebra hybrid. In most cases, the sire is a zebra stallion. Offspring of a donkey sire and zebra dam, called a zebra hinny, or donkra, do exist but are rare. Zebroids have been bred since the 19th century. The extinct quagga was also crossed with horses and donkeys. Charles Darwin noted several zebra hybrids in his works.

Zebroid is the generic name for all zebra hybrids. The different hybrids are generally named using the portmanteau convention of sire's name + dam's name. There is generally no distinction made as to which zebra species is used. Many times when zebras are crossbred, they develop some form of dwarfism. Breeding of different branches of the equine family, which does not occur in the wild, generally results in infertile offspring. The combination of sire and dam also affects the offspring.

A zorse is the offspring of a male zebra and a female horse. This cross is also called a zebrula, zebrule, zebra mule or golden zebra. The rarer reverse pairing is sometimes called a horbra, hebra, zebrinny or zebret. Like most other animal hybrids, the zorse is sterile.

A zony is the offspring of a zebra stallion and a pony mare. Medium-sized pony mares are preferred to produce riding zonies, but zebras have been crossed with smaller pony breeds such as the Shetland, resulting in so-called Zetlands.

A zonkey is a cross between a zebra and a donkey. Zonkey is not the technically correct name for such a cross. The most commonly accepted terms are zebonkey or zebronkey, zebrinny, zebrula, zebrass, and zedonk or zeedonk. Another name that is sometimes used is zebadonk. Donkeys are closely related to zebras and both animals belong to the horse family. Zonkeys are very rare. In South Africa, they occur where zebras and donkeys are found in proximity to each other. Like mules, however, they are generally genetically unable to breed, due to an odd number of chromosomes disrupting meiosis.
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In general, members of different species cannot, and do not, mate with one anther. But in a few very rare instances, very closely related species may have the potential to interbreed. For example, horses, donkeys and zebras do have the potential to interbreed, and so also do lions and tigers, and bison and cattle.

The resultant offspring of a zebra crossed with any other equine is referred to as a zebra hybrid, and these have also been referred to as "Golden Zebras", maybe because a zebra crossed with a brown horse has beautiful brown and gold stripes, and is very distinctive.

It tends to be zebra males that are used for the production of these hybrids, as zebra females are needed for the production of pure-bred zebras.

The zebra hybrids are typically smaller than most horses, due to the smaller stature of the zebra.

It is a little harder to fit a saddle to a zebra hybrid, because, unlike the horse, the zebra does not have withers.
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Deanna Aikin
Deanna Aikin commented
Zorse = zebra stallion x horse mare
Zinny = horse stallion x zebra mare
Zebrass or Zonkie = zebra x burro/donkey
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I didnt think horses and zebras can reproduce
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zebras and horses have been bred together and are called zorses ! ! Yes really ! They look like horses and have faint stripes in their coat but seem to carry more of the zebra gene, so as yet are not suitable for riding.
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Cammie Babe answered
If a donkey can then so can a ho-ruse
jaimin patel Profile
jaimin patel answered
No they can not because it is impossible
maggie alderson Profile
maggie alderson answered
The most common inter-breeding's are donkeys and mules-both being part of the equine family.

Donkey:(or burro) a jenny is a female donkey; a jack is a male donkey.

Mule: a mule is a cross between a male donkey and a female horse; a hinny is a cross between a male horse and a female donkey(a jenny).
A female mule is called a Molly;A male mule is also called a Jack.
Mules and Hinny's are unable to reproduce.

I don't know much about crossing w/zebras but from what I have heard they are very difficult as they have not been domesticated for as long as the equine species above.

Both a mule and a hinny are unable to reproduce.
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Chinno answered
Really they are of different species but I would have to say yes because they are both of the same size.
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If they do live through the birthing process and live through all the health problems because odd mixed breed offspring have a lot of bad health problems.   They are sterile either way, boy or girl.
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Anonymous answered
Yes it is possible I live next to a person who tryed to cross breed an the result was amazingly beautiful.

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