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5 Unique Rhodesian Ridgeback Mixes (With Pictures)

Brooke Bundy

By Brooke Bundy

Rhodesian ridgeback dog in a field

Originally from Africa, the Rhodesian Ridgeback stands out with their sleek, rusty red coat and darker “ridge” of fur on their back. They aren’t very popular in the United States, so spotting a Rhodesian mix is an extra special treat. Labrador Rhodesian Ridgeback mixes are the most common. The two breeds mesh well since they’re similarly sized and were historically bred to hunt. Let’s learn more about the rare Rhodesian Ridgeback and the possible mixes we’ve seen.

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Facts About the Rhodesian Ridgeback

rhodesian ridgeback lying on a wooden table with flower
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Height: 24–27 inches
Weight: 70–85 pounds
Colors: Wheaten red
Life Expectancy: 10–13 years
AKC Classification: Hound

The Rhodesian Ridgeback originated in Africa where they carried the awesome role of lion hunting. They didn’t actually track and kill lions. Instead, they chased them and alerted the hunters when the prey was nearby. Because of this, the Rhodesian Ridgeback only barks when they feel the urge to tell you something necessary. They aren’t yappy dogs, so when they speak up, it’s wise to listen.

This unique breed is known for the solid “ridge” of dark red fur along their back. The absence of this signature ridge actually disqualifies them from participating in AKC competitions. According to the breed standard, there’s only one acceptable color, which is classified as “light wheaten to red wheaten.” A hint of white is acceptable, but too many lighter markings may disqualify them.

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a muscular, athletic breed that requires at least 2 hours of daily exercise to stay fit. Although they may be wary of other dogs at first, they’ll likely warm up to them with early socialization. The breed isn’t for everyone, but they’re a solid reward for pet parents who are willing to put forth the effort.

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1. Rhodesian Ridgeback Labrador Retriever Mix

Rhodesian Labrador mixed breed dog
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This large breed mix perfectly blends two similarly sized dogs. While Labrador Retrievers were bred to deliver waterfowl, the Rhodesian Ridgeback helped their people bring home lions. The Labrador Retriever’s easygoing temperament may balance the Rhodesian Ridgeback, who tends to be wary of other animals and may not be very vocal.

2. Rhodesian Ridgeback Boxer Mix

Rhodesian Boxer Dog Breed Info
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Since their colors are very similar, we can easily envision a beige Rhodesian Ridgeback Boxer with a hint of red. The mixed breed will likely stand a little taller than the original Rhodesian. The Boxer is classified as a working dog, and once tended cattle in Germany, so their hunting and herding instincts should be reinforced in the mix.

3. Rhodesian Ridgeback Golden Retriever Mix

With their golden red coat and endearing brown eyes, we love the Rhodesian Ridgeback Golden Retriever’s appearance. The Golden Retriever is the standard family dog, who also happens to share the Rhodesian Ridgeback’s enthusiasm for hunting. The mix is ideal for active families.

4. Rhodesian Ridgeback Beagle Mix

Given the size disparity between the parent breeds, the Rhodesian Ridgeback Beagle might range from being a small-medium to a large sized dog depending on how genetics play out. We fully expect the golden red color of the Rhodesian Ridgeback to shine through, playfully paired with the popular dappled markings of the Beagle. This is a double hound mix that might be more prone to barking and scouting than the others on our list, whose skills are typically tempered with a sporting or working breed.

5. Rhodesian Ridgeback German Shepherd Mix

Rhodesian Shepherd mixed dog
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Genetics will decide whether this mix has a thick double coat like the German Shepherd or a short, single coat like the Rhodesian Ridgeback. Either way, we expect that this breed will be an athletic mix that would make a great hiking dog. They might even be hired as a working dog since both parent breeds excel at tracking.

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The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a unique breed with distinct breed standards. Mixed breeds may or may not pass down these traits, such as the “ridge” on their back or the wheaten red color. Instead, some of these characteristics may be watered down—or strengthened when paired with a breed that has a comparable size and color, such as the Golden Retriever. Just as every dog has a personality all their own, each mixed breed dog is a special surprise as you see which characteristics they’ll inherit from which parent breed.

Featured Image Credit: Nina Quka, Pexels

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