A miniature Labrador is a smaller than normal dog and does not qualify to the official breed standard of the Labrador retriever. It is not a recognized breed by either the American Kennel Association or the United Kennel Club.
The breed standard of a Labrador retriever requires that females stand 21 1/2 to 23 1/2 inches tall and male dogs stand 22 1/2 to 24 1/2 inches tall at the withers. Any variation of more than 1/2 inch is a disqualification, or fault.
Smaller Labrador retrievers and Lab hybrids may be produced by breeding smaller than average males and females to produce smaller dogs. Sometimes it involves crossbreeding Labs with small breeds, such as beagles or poodles, to produce labbes or labradoodles. While these are much loved pets, they are not miniature Labrador retrievers.Learn More
A Labrador and boxer mixed breed, known as a Boxador, tends to have the size and temperament of a Labradorhas. The Boxador has a short, shiny coat with a variety of possible colors, including tan, black and brindle. Males weigh 75 to 110 pounds, and females are 50 to 65 pounds.Full Answer >
The exact origin of the Labrador retriever is unknown, but the first recorded instance of the breed comes from Newfoundland during the 1700s. During this period, Labradors were known as St. John's dogs or Lesser Newfoundland dogs, and evidence suggests that the Greater Newfoundland dog is part of the cross that produced the Labrador.Full Answer >
Litter size varies widely among dog breeds; Labrador retrievers average 7.6 pups per litter while German shepherds average 6.6 and American Cocker Spaniels average five as reported by the American Kennel Club, or AKC. The size of the breed can be a predictor of litter size; larger breeds tend to produce larger litters, and smaller breeds usually produce smaller litters.Full Answer >
A Labrador retriever and Rottweiler mix is called a labrottie, according to Dog Breed Info Center. Labrottie breed characteristics can be any combination of the Labrador and the Rottweiler traits.Full Answer >