Whether they are called a Golden Retriever Husky or a Husky Golden Retriever, one thing is for certain, the Goberian is a breathtakingly beautiful designer breed that has been gaining popularity over the last few years.
One of the reasons for their popularity may be their often-stunning blue eyes or the golden hue of their thick coat. Or the friendly, loving personality of this endearing breed. However, when it comes to loving the Goberian breed, there is a lot to love with this versatile family dog that is as outgoing as it is active and it why so many dog lovers are quickly falling in love with this wonderful breed.
Commonly known as the Goberian, the Golden Retriever Husky mix is a mixed breed that is the result of breeding a Golden Retriever to a Siberian Husky. The result of this combination was a medium sized, versatile breed that is happy as both a family pet and an active working breed. Their intelligence, drive and social temperament makes them idea for work in guarding, hunting, sighting and search and rescue. In addition, they do very well in agility, flyball, weight pulling and sledding training and competitions.
The breed is quickly gaining popularity as one of the most sought after Golden Retriever crosses due to its affectionate and loyal temperament. They are an excellent family dog and do well with children of all ages. Finally, the range of their size makes them a great fit for any type of home and they will easily fit into their human’s lifestyle, especially if it is an active one.
Husky Golden Retriever History
Although the parent breeds of the Goberian enjoy a long and rich history, the Golden Retriever Husky mix is still a fairly new breed with a short history. In fact, not much is known about the Husky Golden Retriever mix history where it was first developed, who created the first cross, or even when the first Goberian puppies were born. What we do know is that the breed is less than 20 years old and was developed sometime in the early to mid 2000’s.
While it is still quite rare, many Goberian breeders are working to create a breed that has the calm nature and wolf like markings of a Siberian Husky and the trainability and breathtaking golden color of the Golden Retriever. While we don’t know a lot about the breed’s history, we do know that in the future, the popularity of the Goberian will only continue to grow.
Golden Retriever Husky Appearance
The Golden Retriever Husky is a dog that should have a striking appearance that is very similar to that of a Siberian Husky. Overall, the dog should have a nice straight back and should be slightly longer than he is tall. The head should be very well proportioned to the body with a narrow muzzle and while they can have ears that sit mid-range on the skull, most Goberians will have hanging ears. The tail should be thick and have a similar appearance to his Husky parent. Legs should also be reminiscent of the Husky parent whereas the overall build and shape is similar to the Golden Retriever.
Husky Golden Retrievers can have brown eyes; however, the more desired eye color for the breed is the vibrant blue eyes.
When it comes to size, owners should be aware that the breed size can vary slightly depending on the parents and which breed your puppy takes after. On average, the Golden Retriever Husky should be a medium sized dog that has a strong, thick build. Females are usually slightly smaller than males and, if they are taking after their Siberian Husky parent, there should be a marked difference in appearance with females looking smaller and more feminine. With size, Golden Retriever Husky males should be 60 to 75 pounds in weight and 21 to 24 inches in height. Females should range between 35 to 80 pounds in weight and 20 to 22 inches in height.
Golden Retriever Husky Coat
As with most mix breeds, the coat of the Golden Retriever Husky mix can vary between Goberian puppies in a litter from medium to long. The breed should have a double coat consisting of a dense, soft undercoat and a coarse outer coat that offers protection from the weather. The coat can be medium to long and can range in texture from straight to wavy. It should always be thick and should never be tight curls.
While the desired color is a beautiful golden, Golden Retriever Husky mixes can be black, brown, gray, white, cream, sable and, of course, golden. They can have markings that are commonly seen in Huskies or no markings at all. The desired coat has golden fur with lighter or darker golden markings.
Although the Goberian has a thick coat, the breed is fairly easy to groom. Goberians are an average shedder and should be brushed two to three times a week to keep the hair free from matting. Bathing can be done only when the dog is too dirty, about once a month, and the coat can be cleaned up with a damp cloth between bathing.
Teeth should be brushed weekly and nails should be trimmed monthly, or as needed, to keep a nice, tight paw.
Husky Golden Retriever Personality and Temperament
It is important to note that the temperament and personality of the Goberian can vary depending on the parent that the Goberian puppy takes after. However, it is important to note that both of the parent breeds are outgoing, family friendly and very social. That leads to an extremely social breed in the Goberian puppy. In fact, one of the most popular traits of the Husky Golden Retriever mix is its social and friendly personality. This is a breed that loves being around people, especially people from their own family.
In addition to their outgoing personality, the breed is known for being extremely intelligent thanks to its parent breeds. Goberians are very fast learners, however, they can have a bit of a stubborn streak and can be quite independent, which can make training a bit harder at times.
The Golden Retriever Husky mix is an active breed that enjoys being in the middle of a busy family. They do well with children; however, they should be supervised whenever around young children do to their size and energy level. The breed does tend to bond closely with a single family member, but will still remain an affectionate pet for the whole family.
As guard dogs, the Goberian takes the role very seriously and is often an alert member of the home. They will often alert bark at anything suspicious, however, their outgoing and friendly nature does not make them ideal for protection work.
Overall, the Golden Retriever Husky should have a temperament that is friendly, intelligent and gentle with a slightly independent streak.
Husky Golden Retriever Life Span
The Goberian is a fairly long-lived breed and has the average life span of 10 to 15 years.
Golden Retriever Husky Health Problems
When it comes to health, the husky golden retriever is a hearty breed; however, some Goberians can suffer from health problems that affect the parent breeds. It is very important that it is important to check the overall health of the parents when purchasing a Goberian puppy.
Health problems that can be seen in the Husky Golden Retriever mix are
- Hip Dysplasia
- Elbow Dysplasia
- Von Willebrand’s Disease
- Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD)
- Heart Problems such as
- Heart Valve Disease
- Subaortic stenosis
- Eye problems such as
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
- Retinal Dysplasia
- Juvenile Cataracts
- Corneal Dystrophy
It is important to note that maintaining a healthy weight, proper exercise and limiting physical activity in Goberian puppies will reduce and can lead to the prevention of many health problems that can affect the breed.
Golden Retriever Husky Litter Size
Litter size varies with the Husky Golden Retriever mix depending on the female’s age, health and genetic history from her own parents. On average, a Goberian litter size will be 4 to 6 puppies, however, larger litters, up to 12 Goberian puppies is not unheard of.
As a versatile dog breed, the Goberian can do well in any type of dwelling; however, they are best suited for homes with fenced yards or acreage. They are an active breed that needs exercise so it is important to have access to places where they can dispel their energy.
In addition, if the Goberian takes after the Husky parent, the breed can be quite vocal, which can make them unsuitable for apartments.
As mentioned above, the Golden Retriever Husky mix is an extremely intelligent breed. This makes training easy; however, because of the independent nature that the breed inherits from their Husky parent, patience is necessary during training.
The Goberian breed does very well with positive reinforcement. They are often food driven and their gentle natures means that any harsh corrections can have serious effects on his personality. The breed needs a firm approach and it is important to establish house rules the moment a Goberian puppy comes home due to the fact that they will often test leadership. Firm, consistent rules will help reinforce leadership between owner and Goberian puppy.
The breed thrives when the training is fun and interesting. Mix up what the dog is doing and keep training session to 10 to 15 minutes several times a day.
Finally, socialization is a must and should start as soon as it is safe for your Goberian puppy. While they are a friendly breed, improper socialization can lead to aggression problems in the dog.
Husky Golden Retriever Exercise
If you are looking for an active breed, then you have found it in the Husky Golden Retriever. These dogs have a lot of energy and need to burn it off on a daily basis. On average, Goberian owners should expect to spend 45 to 60 minutes a day exercising their dog. The breed does very well as jogging partners once they reach adult hood and also do well in a wide range of dog agility and sledding activities.
In addition to a daily walk, this breed does need to have ample time to play and exercise their brain. The Goberian is a highly intelligent breed that needs a job to do and will enjoy dog toys that are puzzles and require him to solve. Remember that the Husky in the Husky Golden Retriever mix loves to roam so only exercise off leash when the Goberian is in a fenced area.
It is important to note that this breed loves cooler weather and caution should be taken during the warmer months to keep him healthy when he exercises. Goberians can suffer from heat exhaustion due to their thick coat and it is recommended that owners exercise them in the morning and evenings during the summer.
Golden Retriever Husky Feeding
Golden Retriever Huskies should be fed a high quality dog food. Amounts will vary depending on the size, age and energy level of the individual Goberian; however, most eat between 2 and a half to 3 cups of food per day.
Meals should be split into two feedings. It is important to never exercise your Goberian 20 minutes before or 20 minutes after a walk or play session. The breed is susceptible to bloat and exercise before or after eating can increase the risk of bloat occurring.
Water should be offered constantly for the dog throughout the day.
The Goberian does enjoy a range of treats, including fruits, vegetables and meat, but it is important to account treats in his daily calories. Like many Golden Retrievers, Goberians can become overweight with too many treats and this can lead to health problems further down the line.
Cute, happy and very friendly, Goberian puppies are solid little balls of fur that are full of energy and playfulness. The Goberian puppy is generally happy to learn and they thrive when they have ample time for socialization and training. It is important to start training young with Goberian puppies since the breed can often have a mind of their own thanks to their Siberian Husky parentage.
In addition, puppy proofing is necessary with this breed and they should not be allowed outside without a fenced yard or on leash. Some Goberian puppies develop the wanderlust that is prevalent in the Husky breed and this can make them amazing, and imaginative, escape artists. For that reason, it is important to work on recall and leash training with the Goberian puppy from an early age.
Finally, Goberian puppies are full of energy with a bright eye curiosity. It is important, to prevent health problems later in life, to keep play sessions short and to avoid long walks. While Goberians make excellent jogging partners when they are adults, it is important to never jog with your Goberian puppy until they are over one year of age to reduce the strain on hips and joints.
Golden Retriever Husky Suitability
The Goberian is a breed that is suited to a busy home. They thrive with owners who are active and they make excellent companions when exploring the great outdoors through hiking, jogging, or even sledding. They do need a family that has the time to spend on training, socialization and exercise. Without that time, the Goberian can become a destructive breed due to boredom. This breed does better in cooler climates and prefer the cold to heat.
Golden Retriever Huskies are excellent family dogs and do well with children of all ages. They should be supervised around younger children due to their size and energy levels. Goberians do very well in multi pet homes.