Rhodesian Labrador

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72-76 lbs
United States
Rhodesian Ridgeback
Labrador Retriever
Good looking, gentle, loving yet determined and headstrong at times is the best way to describe the Rhodesian Labrador. These large energetic dogs are loyal and devoted to their owners, sharing a strong bond and unshakeable companionship. They love to play and love children, they can play for hours and will outplay even the most energetic child. While the Rhodesian Labrador is a tall leggy dog, they are not an outside dog as such. No kennel for them, they want to be with you - tucked up inside, sharing your treats, and goofing out. These dogs love to eat, so beware of his begging tricks and pleading with those gorgeous eyes. They can put weight on very quickly and are prone to bloat which is a dangerous condition for a dog. So space out his meals, and give small treats only. Training brings out the best in this dog, although they do have a stubborn streak and if disciplined too harshly they will withdraw and sulk. Praise and encouragement achieves so much more with these handsome pooches. They are not aggressive but can be wary of strangers and posture to look threatening. Lively, playful, affectionate and a bit of a clown, the Rhodesian Labrador is an exciting new hybrid breed that is showing great promise as a devoted companion.
Companion, Competitive Obedience and Agility, Watchdog
Date of Origin
Rhodesian Ridgeback, Labrador Retriever

Rhodesian Labrador Health

Average Size
Male Rhodesian Labrador size stats
Height: 24-27 inches Weight: 75-80 lbs
Female Rhodesian Labrador size stats
Height: 23-24 inches Weight: 72-76 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia (Chd)
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
  • Joint Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Ear Infections
  • Glaucoma
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Tests
  • X-ray imaging
  • Buccal Mucosal Screening
  • Full Chemistry Panel Tests and Blood Count
  • Complete Ophthalmologic Examination
  • Full Body Physical Examination
  • Blood Tests and Analysis
  • Urinalysis and Urine Culture
  • Blood Glucose Level Testing

Rhodesian Labrador Breed History

The Rhodesian Labrador is a new hybrid dog without much written history to document its development. Therefor we must look to the parent dogs for clues about its nature. The Rhodesian Ridgeback originated in Zimbabwe, formerly known as Rhodesia. It was developed as a working dog, used to hunt and retrieve game, guard the family and the property. Their history is one of refined cross breeding with the ridgeback dogs of the Boer settlers in the 16th Century, and with native tribe dogs such as the Khoikhoi dog, Mastiff, Deerhound and Great Dane. Reverend Helm brought two Ridgebacks to Matabeleland in 1877 where hunters soon learned of it prowess if used in hunting in packs. They were used to hunt and hold lions at bay until the hunters caught up. They became known as the African Lion Hound. These strong confident dogs became trusted companions and were valued highly. The breed was imported into American in 1950 and the American Kennel Club recognised them in 1955. The Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular breeds in America. They originated from Newfoundland where they worked with fishermen to catch the fish that came loose from the net, or they would leap in the freezing water to help pull in the nets. English ships brought them to England in the 1800s. Once there, the dogs were crossed with Spaniels, Setters and other types of Retrievers to increase its instincts for hunting. The breeders were highly successful and the Lab as it is affectionately known, is well regarded for its prowess at hunting and retrieving. The Lab is easy to train, and as well as becoming a loving companion dog, it is often a dog with a job. They have been used for drug detection work, police work, guide work for the blind, search and rescue, sledding and carting and in the dog show events for competitive obedience. The Lab has a happy nature and always seems to have a wide smile on its face and a tongue hanging out.

Rhodesian Labrador Breed Appearance

Long and leggy, with a svelte athletic body, the Rhodesian Labrador is a handsome dog. A deep chest supports a solid neck, which in turn, supports the fine elegant head. The top of the head is slightly rounded in shape and the dog often has an indent between the eyes. The eyes are bright and alert, full of character and curiosity. A rich deep amber or dark  brown in color, they are round in shape and have a dark rim. The muzzle is long and pointed, ending in a black nose and dark area around the mouth. The teeth meet in a neat scissors bite. The Rhodesian Labrador's ears are set wide apart, almost framing the head, and are held out and slightly erect but can tend to fold over at the tips. A long tail and elegant stance completes the description of a dog who is confident and aware of its surroundings.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Rhodesian Labrador eyes
amber Rhodesian Labrador eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Rhodesian Labrador nose
Coat Color Possibilities
fawn Rhodesian Labrador coat
brown Rhodesian Labrador coat
sable Rhodesian Labrador coat
red Rhodesian Labrador coat
black Rhodesian Labrador coat
isabella Rhodesian Labrador coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Rhodesian Labrador straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Rhodesian Labrador Breed Maintenance

Easy care and minimal maintenance are the key words here. The Rhodesian Labradors are moderate shedding dogs, and one thorough brushing each week with a stiff bristle brush will remove any shed hair and produce a sheen on their sleek coat. Some dogs may inherit the double coat of the Labrador, in which case they may require more frequent brushing. Professional groomers won't be needed for this dog unless you want them to trim your dog's nails. These dogs can suffer from ear infections due to having floppy ears that can create a moist warm environment for bacteria. Gently clean out their ears each week, and dry them with a soft cloth afterwards. Bad smelling ears are the sign of a bad infection. Bathing is only required when they are really dirty, and be sure to use a gentle dog shampoo which will not harm their skin. After all this, a thorough teeth brush plus a bit of a cuddle and warm praise and your dog will be one happy dog.
Brushes for Rhodesian Labrador
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Rhodesian Labrador requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Rhodesian Labrador Temperament

Calm, confident and just down right happy, the Rhodesian Labrador is a true character of a dog. They love to please but they do have a stubborn streak that can kick in now and then. Rather than over react, the best way to handle this is by lavishing them with praise when they get it right, combined with small yummy treats. They do need a strong leader or they will decide they are the boss and act accordingly. Firm but kind management is required to bring out the best in this noble dog. They can adapt to apartment living as they are calm and quiet when inside, but they will need their daily walk to let off some steam. They are not a noisy dog but will warn you when strangers are around. Although not aggressive, they may 'posture' to frighten away a perceived intruder. They do have a tendency to chase small animals or shape up to other dogs. Training at an early age will help eliminate it and socialising your dog fully as a pup will help, but it pays to be aware of this trait. The Rhodesian Labrador loves food, lots of it if possible. They put weight on quickly and can suffer from bloat which can be fatal, so divide its meal into small but frequent meals to overcome this problem. These dogs are ideal companions for children, they love to play, they are affectionate and they will protect the family. Large in size with a heart to match, the Rhodesian Labrador is one big softie when it comes to its family.

Rhodesian Labrador Activity Requirements

The Rhodesian Labrador is an active dog but can be remarkabley quiet and calm inside the house. They are not an outdoor dog as far as living goes, they crave attention and want to be with you and the family. A daily walk will take care of the needs for your dog, but remember to keep them on a leash as the Rhodesian Labrador has strong hunting instincts and may take off after some low flying bird or fast running small animal. Once they do they will be oblivious to your shouted orders to come back! They are great with children, and love to play games or splash about in the water. A bit of time at the dog park will help your dog to become used to other dogs and keep them socialised. They will love playing with other dogs once they are used  to them. The Rhodesian Labrador makes an ideal fitness friend, they will happily accompany you on a run or while you ride - they will be happy just to be with you. Once inside, they will snuggle up the family and snooze quietly to regain their energy.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
12 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
120 minutes

Rhodesian Labrador Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.5 - $2
Monthly Cost
$39 - $52

Rhodesian Labrador Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Rhodesian Labrador size stats at six months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 23 lbs
Female Rhodesian Labrador size stats at six months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 19 lbs
12 Months
Male Rhodesian Labrador size stats at 12 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 40 lbs
Female Rhodesian Labrador size stats at 12 months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 36 lbs
18 Months
Male Rhodesian Labrador size stats at 18 months
Height: 25 inches Weight: 77 lbs
Female Rhodesian Labrador size stats at 18 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 74 lbs

Rhodesian Labrador Owner Experiences

4 Months
6 People
House & Yard
Running around
Great dog. Very friendly to children. Excellent watch dog - readily barks when she senses or sees an intruder. Has a stubborn streak and can be quite hard-headed. Loves to play a lot. Very snuggly.
2 days, 11 hours ago
4 Months
7 People
He is our first of this breed. He loves all of the kids and loves to go outside and play.
4 weeks ago
1 Year
3 People
House & Yard
He is my first one. So far so good.
1 month, 1 week ago
1 Year
4 People
House & Yard
I got Gunner when he was about 6-7 weeks old. I potty trained him before he was 4 months old. He is a great dog. I love him with everything I have, but he's territorial. He doesn't like strangers nor other dogs around me and my husband nor the yard. I definitely recommend a rhodesian ridge back lab mix!
3 months ago
26 Months
3 People
House & Yard
She is thee most amazing dog. She loves to spend time with everyone in the family and loves to be involved and helping with chores, whatever that may be. Extremely intelligent and caring. Very goofy. Loves to make us laugh. She also thinks ahead and can plan ahead for favorable outcomes. At times, quite stubborn. Amazing watchdog and very protective.
4 months ago
19 Months
2 People
Definitely can be stubborn, very gentle for his size. Loves to snuggle.
4 months, 1 week ago
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