Labrador Retriever vs African Wild Dog

Compare the Labrador Retriever to the African Wild Dog. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Labrador Retrievers and African Wild Dogs.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Labrador Retriever is a good choice for new owners. The African Wild Dog is strongly discouraged for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - The Labrador Retriever is very child friendly. The African Wild Dog is not child-friendly and is not recommended for families with young children.
  • Grooming - The Labrador Retriever is very easy to groom. The African Wild Dog has very high grooming needs.
  • Barking - Both the Labrador Retriever and African Wild Dog are very vocal and will bark/howl frequently.
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Labrador Retriever vs African Wild Dog
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African Wild Dog
Breed NameLabrador RetrieverAfrican Wild Dog
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan10-12 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Height21-24 in.24-30 in.
Weight55-80 lb44-66 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryCanadaEgypt
Origin Year1700 ADUnknown
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Poor
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Poor
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Poor
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Poor
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodVery Poor
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
  • Aggressive
Living Environment
ApartmentYesNo
IndoorYesNo
Small YardYesNo
Medium YardYesNo
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹30°F to 90°F40°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh-Very High
Exercise RequiredHighNone
Top Running Speed20 mph41 mph
StrengthHighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumNone
SheddingHighLow
DanderMediumLow
Drool AmountMediumLow

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameLabrador RetrieverAfrican Wild Dog
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoYes
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientYesNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageHigh
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageHigh
ChasingBelow AverageHigh
Follow CommandsAverageVery Low
FightingVery LowHigh
GuardingVery LowAverage
HerdingVery LowHigh
HuntingHighHigh
ProtectionVery LowBelow Average
Remove VerminBelow AverageHigh
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchBelow AverageHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameLabrador RetrieverAfrican Wild Dog
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Acute Moist DermatitisYesNo
BloatYesNo
Canine DistemperNoYes
CataractsYesNo
Cold TailYesNo
Ear InfectionsYesNo
Elbow DysplasiaYesNo
EpilepsyYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
MyopathyYesNo
Osteochondrosis DissecansYesNo
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesNo
RabiesNoYes
Tricuspid Valve DysplasiaYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameLabrador RetrieverAfrican Wild Dog
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Single CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesNo
RoughNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
ChocolateYesNo
YellowYesYes
Tri-colorNoYes
WhiteNoYes