Dhahabu is a slender built peach-tan- and white-striped zebra. Her eyes are bright sky blue, with black eyebrows. She has a striped golden and white mane that curves to one side and rises above her face. The stripes on her legs are darker than the ones on her head and back. Her inner ears are pink, and her hooves are dark brown.
Dhahabu has been described as charismatic and wily. Although she may appear narcissistic at first glance, Dhahabu is a proud leader who hates letting her herd down and will do anything to make them happy, even going so far as to lie to them in order to conceal a truth that may cause them sadness. Dhahabu is also open to taking advice from others, especially if the advice will help her grow into a better leader. Unlike most zebras, she is not always fearful, and will be brave in order to grow, help others and fix her problems.
Dhahabu is first mentioned by Simba when he realizes that her grazing grounds contained a large watering hole. He sends Kion, and the Lion Guard to ask Dhahabu to share with the Pride Landers, urging them to offer something from the Pride Landers in return.
After a run-in with Makucha, the Guard meets Raha and Starehe, who introduce them to Dhahabu. After Kion introduces himself, Dhahabu asks if the Guard was going to protect herself and her herd from lions. Kion introduces his friends, and Dhahabu interrupts again when she learns that they have come from the Pride Lands. She asks them to prance with her, and after a brief discussion, they follow her.
She brings them to Dhahabu Grove, describing it as the happiest place in the Back Lands. Impressed, Kion agrees with her, Dhahabu explains how a good leader keeps everyone happy in exchange for their love. Kion brings up his own father and how good of a leader he is too. He explains the situation, and although she is sympathetic, Dhahabu hesitates, but Raha and Starehe express excitement to meet the Pride Landers. Kion offers to give her something in return, and she asks for a Tamboa Plant. The Guard agrees, which shocks Dhahabu. She thanks them, wishes them luck and prances off.
Later, as Dhahabu spends time with her herd, she becomes startled when the Guard delivers the Tamboa Plant. Kion asks if they can see the watering hole, and the zebra siblings happily volunteer. Dhahabu protests, and states that nobody could go near it and that the deal was off.
Suspicious, Kion asks Ono to check the watering hole, and Ono reveals that it is dried up. Dhahabu attempts to deny his discovery, but her herd walks off. Dhahabu explains her knowledge of the watering hole drying up and states her hesitation to inform her herd, not wanting to disappoint them.
Kion tells her that a good leader was honest, even when delivering bad news, and offers to see what was blocking the water. Dhahabu agrees and promises to allow the Pride Landers to drink from the watering hole if they were successful.
When they reach the watering hole, Kion questions her, and she explains that there used to be a waterfall. Ono investigates and reveals that a rockslide had blocked the water. The Lion Guard start to move, despite Dhahabu's warning of the area being leopard territory. She decides to join them, to be a good leader. Although Kion is hesitant, he allows her to join them.
When they reach the rocks, Kion sends Beshte to smash the rocks apart. But Makucha appears, refusing to let them take the water. Even though Kion explains that they just want to break the rocks so that the zebras can have some too, he warns them that he doesn't share. Dhahabu approaches him, hoping that her reputation will help them in some way. Instead, Makucha leaps towards Dhahabu, only to be knocked away by Kion.
Kion calls for Dhahabu to take cover, and for Beshte to break the rocks. Makucha then reveals that he brought his friends, and three more leopards appear. While Kion takes on Makucha, he overhears Dhahabu calling for Ono to watch out. He swiftly pushes Makucha away to save Ono, and the Guard overpowers the leopards. Defeated, Makucha's friends start to retreat, leaving the Lion Guard to believe that they have won.
But Makucha reveals that he has cornered Dhahabu, ordering them to leave before she gets hurt. After the Guard subtly prompts her, Dhahabu realizes what she needed to do, and knocks Makucha away. Makucha lands against the rocks, which causes the water to reappear.
A little later, Kion leads some herds through the Back Lands, where they are introduced to Dhahabu. She approaches them and states that they have to do something before they can enter - "Frolic and romp". The animals happily agree and enter the water. Dhahabu invites the Lion Guard, and all but Fuli enter to join her.