Ever wondered what a Husky Golden Retriever mix might look like?
Enter the Goberian.
If you’re considering a mixed breed dog as your next pet, you may be hard-pressed to find a more loyal and attractive companion than the Goberian.
While cross-breeds of all shapes and sizes have always been favorable with dog lovers everywhere, Goberians are capturing human hearts left, right and center thanks to their unique mix of characteristics of two of the most lovable breeds: the Husky and the Golden Retriever.
However, like with any animal, there are some things you should know before adopting this wonderful Husky Retriever mix.
Here’s some information to help you decide whether a Goberian is the right canine companion for you.
What is the Goberian?
The Goberian is a very stunning type of cross breed dog that is a Husky Golden Retriever mix.
There is unfortunately no evidence to support where and why this mixed breed of dog was first bred, but experts suggest that it has only been in existence for around the last decade.
No one actually knows who is responsible for being the first Goberian breeder although some people believe that it was someone who wanted to develop a dog that had a combination of the beautiful blue eyes of the Husky and the Golden Retriever honey-colored coat.
Although, of course, while some Husky Golden Retriever mixes will end up with these characteristics, others will exhibit a different mix!
Take a look at this video to see all the beautiful combinations that the Goberian can be:
It’s also worth mentioning that this Golden Retriever Husky mix is a relatively rare dog and very few breeders specialize in its creation.
However, demand is high, so it’s pretty likely that more breeders will try to achieve the Goberian puppy in the future.
Husky Golden Retriever Mix Facts
As the goberian is not a purebred dog, it’s important to know the facts about their expected height, weight and lifespan, as well as any potential health issues.
- Height at full growth: 19 to 25 inches
- Weight at full growth: 35 to 80 pounds
- Expected lifespan: 10 to 15 years
- At risk of any genetic diseases: Eye problems, epilepsy, allergies, hip and joint issues, cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Golden Retriever Husky Mix: Temperament
Goberians thrive on human companionship, making them very loyal, affectionate and friendly animals.
They don’t like to be left alone for long periods of time, so you need to be prepared to shower them with lots of attention.
When you keep them properly loved and socialized as puppies, they’ll make great family pets and will be good around young children.
Thanks to the combination of their parent’s personalities, the Husky Golden Retriever mix dog also tends to be driven and independent at times.
As long as you establish yourself as a pack leader when your Goberian is a puppy, they will grow up to be calm around every member of your household and other animals.
In addition to their soft nature, these hounds are really protective, smart and alert. That means that your Goberian will bark as soon as he or she spots any unusual and suspicious activity in and around the house.
However, their friendliness to new people may mean that they don’t make the best guard dogs!
The exact personality of your Golden Retriever Husky mix will depend on what genes they inherit from which parent. Every dog is different, after all!
Here’s a quick look at the personality traits of both huskies and retrievers, so you can get a good idea for what you might be in for with a golden husky.
Golden Retriever Temperament
It’s no wonder that Golden Retrievers are one of the most popular breeds of family dog in the USA: they make excellent companions, are very intelligent, easy to train and get along great with kids.
Thanks to their large size and athletic prowess, they do need regular, daily exercise — although not quite as much as most huskies do.
Their intelligence and desire to people please is a well known trait and goes some way to explain how so many police and military dogs are Golden Retrievers.
As we’ve mentioned, they’re super friendly to everyone they meet — even strangers. This means that while they won’t get territorial when you have people over, they don’t make for very effective guard dogs.
So, what are huskies like?
They actually have a lot in common with Goldens — they are very friendly, intelligent and make great family pets. Training is a breeze when you have a husky, and you’ll be happy knowing that they get on well with most dogs and people. Just like retrievers, Huskies don’t make good guard dogs!
One reason why they’re not quite so popular as Golden Retrievers for family pets is because they require so much exercise.
We’re talking a long walk every single day, as well as additional playtime on top of that.
This is because they were originally bred to pull sleds so they have simply bundles of energy. If they don’t channel that energy into exercise, training and play, it’s likely that they’ll start engaging in destructive behaviors — like chewing, for instance, or digging.
It’s also really important to have a tall, secure fence installed in your yard when you have a husky — they’re known for being escape artists and will run, run, and run when they have a chance to break free!
Goberian Grooming Requirements
As both Huskies and Golden Retrievers sport a double coat, it comes as no surprise that the Goberian will likely shed a lot of hair. That said, most members of the breed shouldn’t shed excessively.
A good brush at least two to three times a week will remove loose hairs, keep their fur untangled and ensure your pooch looks its best.
Goberians are also quite good at self-cleaning, which makes them relatively low-maintenance pets in the grooming department.
They’ll probably only need a bath every two or three months or whenever their coat becomes dirty. You should also take the time to clean their ears to help prevent ear infections.
Don’t be tempted to bathe your Golden Retriever Husky mix any more than that though: the shampoo will dry out their skin and hair, leading to skin problems and — horror of horrors — even more shedding!
Keep showers to a minimum and trust your Goberian to keep themselves clean as far as possible.
If you are worried about excess shedding, then it’s a good idea to invest in a special vacuum for dog hair that will help to keep the home nice and stray-hair-free.
Husky Golden Retriever Mix: Training and Exercise
Early training is essential to ensure your Goberian learns how to have healthy and friendly interactions with people.
These dogs are actually very quick learners, thanks to the intelligence they’ve inherited from their Husky side and their eager to please nature from their Retriever parent.
If you don’t want to take your Goberian to specialist obedience classes, crate training and clicker training are a great place to start.
Crate training is essential for effectively toilet training your puppy, and will encourage them to be happy in their own space.
Clicker training, on the other hand, is one of the most effective ways to command train your dog.
Essentially, it works by you giving the command — say, ‘sit’ — and using the clicker to indicate to your pup when they’ve done the correct action. If you follow the click up with a treat, they’ll be sure to start associating obeying your commands with ‘something good’.
Clickers are often better than simply using your voice to indicate that your dog is on the right track as they are a singular noise that you dog won’t hear very often and won’t get confused by it. Your voice, on the other hand, is always heard by your dog, and so is more open to confusion.
Goberians are very high energy dogs that need plenty of exercise and room to move around.
In fact, they will love to live and play with anyone who has an active lifestyle. Obviously, that means they aren’t suited to apartment living or any owner looking for a hound that wants to lay around the house all day.
Daily vigorous exercise is imperative to ensure that your Goberian lives a healthy and happy life. Without it, you can expect weight gain and destructive behaviors.
As well as a daily walk, think about including the following exercise games into your Husky Retriever mix’s day:
- Homemade agility course
- Tug of war
- Chew toys
Sledding and weight pulling will also keep your canine healthy and entertained (and harks back to the original job of the Husky).
Whatever activities you choose to do together, just keep in mind that most members of the breed require at least 60 minutes of exercise a day.
As previously mentioned, Husky Golden Retriever Mix breeders aren’t always easy to track down. To help you in your search for the perfect husky golden retriever mix, we’ve listed 10 breeders in the US.
- Xanadu Dogs – Ridgway, CO
- Greenfield Puppies – Lancaster, PA
- 4 Bar D Kennels – South Central OK
- Petland Pittsburgh Mills – Tarentum, PA
- Noah’s Ark Pet Store – Joplin and Neosho, MO
- Lancaster Puppies – PA and the surrounds
- A Puppy for You – Doon, IA
- Rhode Island Husky and Yorkie Puppies – RI
- Dan’s Kennels – North Collins, NY
- Montana Goberians – Great Falls, MT
Now that’s everything you need to know about the Goberian!
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