A loyal and affectionate breed that absolutely adores its people, the Rhodesian Labrador makes a wonderful pet for the right family. Combining the sweet and friendly nature of the Labrador with the athleticism, stubbornness, and devotion of the Rhodesian Ridgeback, these big dogs have won plenty of hearts all around the world.
However, their large stature and tendency to inherit a headstrong personality means they're not the paw-fect pet for everyone. That said, if you're willing to give a Rhodesian Labrador proper training and plenty of outlets for their excess energy, they'll make the ideal addition to your home.
If you're searching for activities to entertain and excite your Rhodesian Labrador, here are three of the best.
When summer hits and the mercury starts rising, many Rhodesian Labradors will relish the opportunity to get wet. Labradors in particular have a long history as working dogs in and around the water, so don't be surprised if your pooch is a furry water baby.
If this sounds like your dog, there are plenty of places where your pooch can get wet. If you live near the coast, find your nearest dog-friendly beach and get ready to feel the sand between your paws. If not, research rivers, creeks, lakes, and swimming holes that are suitable for dogs, or maybe see if there's a dog-friendly swimming pool close by.
Wherever you go, make sure you supervise your dog at all times and never force them to swim if they don't want to.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback was developed in Africa as a hunting dog, so they love spending time in the great outdoors and thrive on physical activity. Labradors are also known for their high energy levels and exercise requirements, so Rhodesian Labradors love getting out and about and raising their heart rate.
One of the best ways to do that is to take a hike! Fresh air, wide-open spaces, beautiful scenery, and challenging terrain -- all of these factors make hiking a great activity for Rhodesian Labradors. Better yet, it's something that will benefit you just as much as it will your pooch.
Here's how to plan the paw-fect hike for your beloved pet.
With their powerful sense of smell and a prey drive that's just as strong, Rhodesian Labradors often excel at the sport of tracking. You can sign your dog up for tracking with your local dog sports club if you want, but you can also play plenty of fun scent games with your dog at home.
One of the easiest and most enjoyable is a good old-fashioned game of hide and seek. Think of it as a treasure hunt with you as the treasure -- your dog will love tracking you down in whatever creative hiding spot you find. Here's what you need to do.
If you love getting outdoors and living an active lifestyle, a Rhodesian Labrador might just be the paw-fect companion. But while these dogs adore tackling whatever life throws at them, they're also happy to be wherever you are and doing whatever you're doing -- so be prepared for plenty of canine cuddles.
However you decide to spend your free time with your Rhodesian Labrador, make sure you always mix it up and keep things interesting. Variety is the spice of life, after all, and these gorgeous dogs will love indulging in all sorts of experiences with you by their side!