The Rhodesian Labrador Dog Breed

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For all of you future dog owners looking to get the right pet, knowing all of the info that you can about a particular breed ensures that you won’t end up making the wrong choice.

Of course, it can be challenging to find that info, especially about mixed dog breeds without a set of standards.

In today’s guide, I’ll be looking at one of those mixed breeds, though it is a little less obscure than some of the other mixes you’ll find available on the market.

A Rhodesian Labrador lying in bed
The Rhodesian Labrador is the right dog breed for you.

The Rhodesian Labrador is a cross between the two breeds that you would expect: the Labrador Retriever and the Rhodesian Ridgeback.

You will find that these two breeds make for an excellent combination, but I’ll take a closer look at how in a few moments.

First off, I want to start with the things that you should know before you even think about buying a Rhodesian Labrador puppy, like how much they cost, where to find them and some facts.

Rhodesian Labrador Puppies – Before You Buy…

There are some things that you should know about any dog breed before deciding to go ahead and get yourself a puppy.

Some of these things can save you from a lot of trouble later on, and the same is true for the Rhodesian Labrador. Let’s get right into it so you can have the info you need to know.

What Price are Rhodesian Labrador Puppies?

Seeing as both of these dog breeds are relatively large, you can expect to pay more than usual for a Rhodesian Labrador.

While you can expect these dogs to be pricey, many owners will argue that they are well worth the steeper price when compared to many other similarly-sized options.

The Rhodesian Labrador’s average price will range from $750 all the way up to $1000, depending on a few different factors.

Things like the coat, the dog’s pedigree, the size, and so much more can go into determining how much you can expect to pay for one of these puppies.

Where to Find Reputable Rhodesian Labrador Breeders?

If you have decided that the price range works for you and that you do indeed want one of these dogs, you will have to go ahead and find a suitable breeder.

If you want to avoid running into puppy mills and other breeders who use inhumane practices, you will have to follow some basic guidelines.

When looking for the right Rhodesian Labrador breeder, you will want to visit the homes of your options and see how the dogs tend to react to the breeder’s presence.

While a little bit of fear may be possible due to how young the puppies are, if the dogs are excessively afraid of your breeder, there may be something wrong.

3 Little-Known Facts About Rhodesian Labrador Puppies

  1. The Rhodesian Labrador is a very prideful dog, even when it is a puppy, which is a trait that it inherits from its Rhodesian Ridgeback parent. Luckily, this pride is tempered by the mix of Labrador genes, as they tend to be a little more energetic and less aloof than Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
  2. Rhodesian Labrador puppies tend to be somewhat thick and stocky, with a muscular build that is reminiscent of a full-grown Ridgeback. Since both parent breeds tend to be rather athletic, you will find that Rhodesian Labradors have quite a bit of strength and endurance.
  3. While the Rhodesian Labrador is often a calm dog around the home, even when it is in its puppy phase, the mere mention of going outside will be able to get them excited. As soon as the leash goes on, you’ll have your Rhodesian Labrador begging you to open the door and head outside.

Physical Traits of the Rhodesian Labrador

A Rhodesian Labrador looking at you
The Rhodesian Labrador likes to be lazy around the house.

When you first see a Rhodesian Labrador, you may confuse it with a Rhodesian Ridgeback, as they share many of the same characteristics.

While the well-defined back ridge is still present on this breed, you will find that it is less prominent than on the parent breed, which is only to be expected.

The wide ears of the Rhodesian Labrador are usually folded over forwards, though they can flop around when the dog is running.

The ears are not the only feature on these dogs that is relatively broad, a characteristic that is shared by the dog’s whole head and muzzle.

The Rhodesian Labrador’s fur is also quite recognizable, taking more after the Ridgeback than the Labrador once again, though both breeds have a relatively similar coat.

This dog breed will often feature a rich, thick coat that is relatively short, and the possible colors are usually a variation of dark brown.

How Big is a Full-Grown Rhodesian Labrador?

Rhodesian Labradors are substantial dogs, as you may have guessed by looking at their parent breeds.

This breed usually has a well-defined weight range, and you won’t often see a fully grown example of this breed that weighs more than 80 pounds or less than 70 pounds.

Seeing as the Rhodesian Ridgeback and the Labrador Retriever are both so similarly sized, it comes as little surprise that this breed will often have a small height range as well.

Most Rhodesian Labradors are around 24 inches tall, though some dogs will be around an inch shorter than average.

What is the Rhodesian Labrador’s Life Expectancy?

Knowing how long you can expect a dog of a particular breed to live can save you a lot of heartaches further down the line.

If you have a lot of difficulty dealing with the passing of a dog, you may wish to choose a breed that lives for a longer time, and those tend to be smaller dogs.

Unfortunately, the Rhodesian Labrador falls prey to the short lifespan that is typical of a larger dog breed.

While their 10- to 12-year life expectancy isn’t as bad as you would expect from some giant breeds, the Rhodesian Labrador still has a lifespan that is below the 14-year average for most dog types.

Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the Rhodesian Labrador

A Rhodesian Labrador looking upwards
The Rhodesian Labrador is a very prideful dog.

As I have already mentioned, the two parents of this breed do an excellent job balancing each other out.

Where the Rhodesian Ridgeback is a dog that is proud and not exactly full of energy, the Labrador Retriever loves to play around whenever the possibility arises.

Many would assume that the clashing aspects of both parent breeds would result in a dog with some unexpected personality traits, but Rhodesian Labradors tend to be surprisingly predictable.

Of course, you can never break a Ridgeback’s pride, even if it is a mix, and you may have to give your dog some basic training.

Luckily, you’ll find that the Rhodesian Labrador is an exceedingly intelligent breed that can be trained with relative ease by most experienced owners.

Unfortunately, a Rhodesian Labrador is not recommended for newer dog owners as they will tend to take advantage of an owner’s inexperience due to that intelligence.

The Rhodesian Labrador’s Diet

Surprisingly enough, the Rhodesian Labrador doesn’t usually eat as much as most other breeds of a similar size, but it makes sense when you consider how lazy they can be around the house.

Of course, the exact amount that you have to feed your dog will depend on a few factors that are unique to it.

We would recommend taking your Rhodesian Labrador to a vet so you can get an idea of its exact dietary needs.

If you just want an idea of how much you can expect to feed one of these dogs, you will find that 2.5 cups per day is the average, give or take 0.5 cups of dog food.

How Much Exercise Does the Rhodesian Labrador Need?

Seeing as the Rhodesian Labrador likes to be lazy around the house, you will have to make up for that with extra exercise on your time.

It seems like the only time these dogs are interested in being energetic is when you take them out of the home when they get excited and shed their noble demeanor.

If you want to play around with your Rhodesian Labrador, your chance will come when you are both outside together.

You can expect to have to take out one of these dogs for around 12 hours of exercise per week, which is more than you would expect when you see one of these dogs lounging around lazily.

Rhodesian Labrador Health and Conditions

Of course, it is also crucial to know what kind of health issues you can expect to run into with a Rhodesian Labrador.

One of the most significant problems with the Rhodesian Ridgeback parent breed is that they tend to have quite a few complications, and this is often inherited by the Rhodesian Labrador.

Serious Issues:

Minor Issues:

  • Eye problems
  • Ear problems

My Final Thoughts on the Rhodesian LabradorThe Rhodesian Labrador dog breed

If you want a dog that can be noble at times and playful at other points, few breeds can compare to the Rhodesian Labrador.

I hope that this guide has helped you decide whether or not this is the right dog breed for you.

Good luck finding the right puppy!

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