The Siberian Husky’s gorgeous blue eyes and the luscious coat of the Golden Retriever? The Golden Retriever cross Husky, also known as the Goberian, is the dream dog, combining two of the most popular breeds in the world.
With two beautiful looking, intelligent and affectionate parents, the Goberian makes a wonderful companion or family pet. Widely appreciated for both their looks and temperament, the Golden Retriever cross Husky is a good match for anyone who can provide a happy home, affection and adequate exercise.
The Goberian's parents breeds
“If the Golden Retriever were a human, you’d be envious. Not only are Goldens beautiful, intelligent, and friendly, but they’re also born athletes who have dipped their paws into every canine sporting discipline,” says Nona K.Bauer in Golden Retrievers for Dummies.
“These dogs are joyful companions who are willing to try anything as long as they can enjoy it with someone fun”.
“Siberian Huskies are known all over the world as being friendly, playful dogs who make great family pets. The Siberian Husky will be loyal to those in his family, but he will still remain friendly to everyone he meets,” explains Lorna Winslette in Siberian Husky: A Comprehensive Guide to Owning and Caring for your Dog.
“The Siberian Husky must be exercised or else he will be bored. A bored dog will find a way to amuse himself, which could spell trouble for your garden”.
Physical characteristics of the Golden Retriever cross Husky
Height: 20-25 inches
Weight: 35-80 pounds
Lifespan: 10-15 years
Golden Husky’s have a gorgeous long, dense, shiny coat which can be straight or wavy. We know you crave the golden hue of the stunning Golden Retriever - but Golden Retriever cross Husky coats could also be brown, black, light brown or a combination.
Body-wise, Golden Huskies have medium to large, slender, athletic-looking bodies with strong legs and a fluffy tail - but again, this varies depending on traits inherited.
Their faces are beautiful, commonly taking the narrow shape of their Husky parent with the soft, floppy ears of their Golden Retriever parent side. To top their cuteness off, Golden Huskies often have those classic, multi-coloured Husky eyes - incredible!
The Goberian temperament
The Golden Retriever cross Husky is a particularly sociable pooch with above average intelligence. You’ll find that your Goberian puppies get along with just about anyone who walks in the room and want to get involved in everything going on - it’s lovely! The Goberian dog becomes very attached to the family, and sometimes takes a particular liking to one particular person. These dog breeds are a great family member.
The two parents breeds differ slightly when it comes to obedience. We all know how much the Golden Retriever loves to please - but in contrast, the Husky can be a little stubborn and strong-willed. Together, they’re likely to fall somewhere between the two - making them a little more difficult to train than a purebred Golden Retriever.
How much exercise does the Goberian need
Golden Retriever cross Husky dogs are highly active and need plenty of exercise. They won’t suit apartment living and ideally, need a large garden to run around. Considering the Husky was originally bred to pull sledges for hundreds of miles, while Golden Retrievers are known for their love of the outdoors, it’s not hard to see where this comes from!
You’ll need to walk your Golden Husky for a minimum of 60 minutes per day, but we’d say two hour-long walks is the ideal. Love running, cycling, swimming in the sea or playing sports? Take your Golden Retriever cross Husky with you - they’ll join right in! Truth be told, this mixed breed is mad for an excellent fitness buddy.
How to train a Golden Retriever cross Husky
The Goberian is an active breed and will need its owner to spend time to train him and make sure his dog is stimulated mentally and physically.
As we mentioned earlier, the Golden Retriever cross Husky is an intelligent pup but often has a stubborn, independent streak from the Husky side of its genes. It’s important to let them know who’s the boss from a young age, or you might find yourself with a tough pooch on your hands.
Try to keep your training sessions short at first - this will help to keep your Goberian engaged. Using dog toys and plenty of rewards will help to retain their interest, too. Do your absolute best to motivate your pooch and be consistent in your training - they’ll get there in the end.
Make sure your Golden Retriever cross Husky socialises with groups of adults, kids and other animals when they’re a puppy and beyond. This could simply be taking them to a busy park.
Grooming a Goberian
You’ll be happy to hear that the Golden Retriever cross Husky doesn’t shed much at all - at least, nowhere near as much as the Siberian Husky! They’re technically low-shedding but will lose fur every now and then. A brush once or twice a week should do the trick, making this breed pretty low-maintenance in terms of grooming.
The Goberian's health issues
Goberians are generally very healthy dogs with minimal health problems. They are prone to putting on weight, which can lead to a lower lifespan and a host of avoidable diseases. Regular exercise and a good-quality diet can help to keep their weight in check.
Golden Retriever cross Husky dogs have a slightly increased risk of some diseases and conditions. These include:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Hip and joint dysplasia
- Skin and food allergies
- Eye problems
- Von Willebrand’s disease
The best thing to do is familiarise yourself with the signs of symptoms of these diseases. While it’s unlikely your pooch will develop any of these until their old age, knowing the symptoms can help you treat potential problems at the earliest opportunity.
If you've decided to adopt a Golden Retriever cross Husky and can provide plenty of exercise, are willing to train them and give them lots of love and affection, you've picked the perfect canine companion! Good luck with your new fluffy friend.
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