Mini Me: Miniature LabradorsYou are most likely familiar with the ever-so-popular labrador retriever—after all, they are one of America’s favorite dogs. Known for their trainability and loyalty, labradors are truly “man’s best friend.” You most likely also are aware of the variations of labrador dogs; for example, labradors can be one of three different colors. Labradors can be black, yellow, or chocolate brown in color. But you might not know about another variation of labradors: miniature labradors.
A History of Mini LabsMiniature labradors are not, as many people think, a different breed of labradors; they are, in fact, a size variation of the labrador breed. These miniature labradors came about as a result of both breeders and rescue workers expressing a desire for smaller labradors. Miniature labradors are pure-bred dogs, though they are often bred with regular labradors in order to retain characteristics that are typical of their labrador ancestors. The size variation of miniature labradors has been in existence for along time, though it is unclear for how long. Miniature labradors are registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC); they also have several other Labrador Retriever registrations.
Physical Traits Of Mini Labs
Just as in regular labradors, miniature labradors can be one of three different colors: black, yellow, or chocolate brown. Miniature labradors typically weigh between forty-five and fifty pounds. They are usually sixteen to nineteen inches tall at the shoulder; any miniature labrador that measures over twenty inches tall at the shoulder is too large to compete in a dog show. Toy-size dogs are also not judged favorably.