You really cannot blame us for being biased towards the Siberian Husky and the Golden Retriever. After all, these two dogs have the looks that are so easy on the eyes and an adorable personality to boot. One is a super-friendly hound while the other is very affectionate with kids. But don’t take them to be softy as both are highly valued for their work ethic. As such, their energy and activity levels are best reserved for people who also lead happier and more active lifestyles. Mating the Golden Retriever with a Siberian Husky can produce what we call the Goberian. It’s a hybrid that has all the fine working dog qualities of its parents and their equally-remarkable temperaments. It’s a designer dog breed that is worth considering as a pet, if you’ve got what it takes. Let’s find out.
History of the Goberian
The Golden Retriever Husky Mix is not new, contrary to what others say. True, it was only in the 1990s that it became so popular. But if you know something about the history of dogs, you’ll know that the creation of a breed does not always guarantee instant popularity. It takes years and many decades before people start recognizing the dog.
If the Goberian started becoming popular in the 1990s, then this can only mean that it has been around since the 1980s; perhaps even the 1970s. You should know that people only began showing appreciation and feverish interest in designer dog breeds in the 1990s. This peaked in the 2000s because of celebrities and other famous people showing their designer dog breeds on national TV.
Fans of the Goberian or other designer dog breeds argue that crossbreeds are sturdier, health-wise, than purebreds because they have greater genetic diversity. Purebreed patrons, on the other hand, point out that genetic diversity can also lead to uncertainty in just what kind of diseases can be found in the crossbreed.
Purebreds obviously come from two purebred parents of the same breed. So, whatever health problems their parents have, the puppies can also inherit. For crossbreeds, this is split between the two different purebred parents. If one parent doesn’t have any genetically-inherited diseases, then you can safely say that the resulting puppy only has a 50% chance of inheriting the disease of the other parent. Unfortunately, it is very rare for a purebred not to have genetically-inherited diseases. The only way you can achieve the sturdiness of a crossbreed is by using multi-generational breeds in the process. This means that the crossbreed is no longer the result of mating two different purebreds but rather two crossbreeds of the same type.
As for the Goberian, it is highly unlikely that it will be a very sturdy breed. Why? The Golden Retriever is especially notorious for elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, seizures, sub-aortic stenosis, mast cell tumors, osteosarcoma, hip dysplasia, and eye disorders. On the other hand, the Siberian Husky is quite prone to eye problems such as corneal dystrophy, cataract, and progressive retinal atrophy as well as hip dysplasia, follicular dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and zinc deficiency.
Combining the two can produce a puppy that has either 50% chance of having a particular disease (if only one parent has it) or 100% of having the disease (if both parents have the disease). So, if you cross two Goberians, the resulting 2nd generation Goberian can have a much lower chance of getting the disease because there is now greater genetic variation. Somehow, there is some degree of truth to the claim that crossbreeds are sturdier.
But don’t go celebrating just yet. Increasing the genetic diversity of the Goberian may lead to a healthier, more robust dog. However, its behavior, physical characteristics, and temperament can also be highly diverse, making it more difficult to predict just what kind of dog you brought home.
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Who are the Parents?
Whether the designer dog breeder will use purebreds or multi-generational Goberians, one thing is for sure – the Goberian’s gene pool should always include a Siberian Husky and a Golden Retriever. They’re two of our favorites and here’s what we know about these lovable, handsome, and friendly purebreds.
A lot of people know that the Golden Retriever is the golden boy of the modern family. It is very affectionate, even-tempered, gentle, loyal, and highly adaptable, making it a great family dog. What many don’t realize is that the Golden is a highly-prized hunter. It has this remarkable ‘soft bite’ that will never shred game fowls to bits. It’s the perfect hunting companion especially when retrieving fowls on the water. With its remarkable Michael Phelps-like swimming abilities, a neoprene-like waterproof coat, scenthound-worthy tracking prowess, and a really soft mouth for handling downed prey with the utmost care, the Golden Retriever is what every avid hunter should have.
But the Golden is not only a hunter’s favorite. It’s also a military dog, a search and rescue canine, a police dog, a four-legged nurse and therapist, and many other roles. That’s how versatile the Golden Retriever is. It uses its natural intelligence to learn tricks and breeze through advanced dog obedience training classes. Whatever task you give to the Golden Retriever, with the correct training methods and motivation, everything is a breeze.
It is, therefore, not surprising that the Golden thrives on a lot of activities. When not working, Golden Retrievers can always find contentment in being able to play with other dogs and their masters or even virtually anyone else. They’re that friendly. They love to run, swim, hike, and fetch tennis balls and Frisbees as well as other outdoor activities. While they can live happily in an apartment, they’re happier in a home with a spacious yard they can consider their own playground.
There’s no denying the beauty of the Siberian Husky. And when it comes to stamina, endurance, and resilience especially in the harshest, most inhospitable environments of the North, very few can match that of the Husky. It’s a fast, relatively hardy, and highly dependable work dog. It showed its mettle to the world when it pulled the sleds of mushers across 600+ miles of the most dangerous parts of Alaska just to deliver life-saving anti-diphtheria vaccines to the people of Nome in 1925. That feat has been immortalized in many films, the most famous of which is Balto.
Like the Golden Retriever, the Siberian Husky is not just a dependable worker. It is also a very affectionate and loving dog that loves taking care of its family’s children the way its ancestors did for the kids of their Chukchi families. As sturdy as the Siberian Husky is even in the most bitter of winters, they still need the warmth that their Chukchi people’s homes can provide. So they snuggle up with the little ones, finding warmth and comfort in each other’s company.
And when spring comes, they can go out to play. And by playing, for the Siberian Husky this usually means going on the hunt for small animals. They’d love to play with kids, too, but their predatory instincts can sometimes be dangerous to little kids as they may be interpreted as prey.
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As we have already explained in the “History of the Goberian”, it is quite difficult to ascertain the physical characteristics of a multi-generational Goberian compared to a 1st generation Golden Retriever Husky hybrid. The facts we’re going to share with you are based on the characteristics of a 1st generation crossbreed. So, if you have a multi-generation Goberian, its characteristics may be different from what we have here.
- An F1 (first generation) Goberian can grow up to 25 inches, but should never be less than 20 inches.
- It can be as light as 35 pounds, although it can also max out at 80 pounds.
- Goberians have a lifespan of 10 to 13 years.
- It can have the blue eyes of the Siberian or the brown eyes of the Golden or it can have both.
- The Golden Retriever Husky hybrid will take on a lengthy and dense coat, owing to the same thick-coated characteristics of its parents. If there’s more Siberian expect the coat to be straight; a bit wavy if from the Golden Retriever.
- Its body can be slightly slender, usually somewhere between the stockiness of a Golden and the slenderness of a Husky. It’s rounder like a Golden, but its limbs are definitely slenderer like a Husky.
- Majority of Goberians will take on the fluffy tail of their Husky parent.
Things You Should Know
We have to reiterate that it is very difficult to predict how multigenerational Goberians will be like. However, like all dogs, they still have needs that must be met by whoever wants to bring them home as pets.
The Goberian is intelligent, make no mistake. However, like its parents it needs the dedication, firmness, positive attitude, and consistency of someone who is definitely familiar with positive reinforcement training methods. This is especially true for the Siberian Husky-dominated Goberian since it can be quite stubborn if it senses that it is more powerful than you. It is precisely for this reason that the Goberian is never intended for newbies, unless they can also learn how to be the Goberian’s pack leader.
Training starts the moment the puppy arrives in your abode. Housebreaking is crucial and so is following simple obedience commands. If the Goberian has already mastered the basics, it’s entirely up to you if you want it to move on to more advanced classes. The point is that the Goberian has an insatiable appetite for pleasing its owners. You can use this to your advantage by creating a training program that will help your dog learn on a continuous basis.
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Bloating can be a real concern for Goberians. As such, we strongly recommend feeding the hound on a more frequent basis, but with substantially smaller portions. For example, if you computed that your dog needs about 1500 calories every day, instead of giving it 750 calories per meal, it is better to give it 500 calories per meal, three times a day. The smaller serving portion should help minimize the risk of bloat.
Be mindful of what you give to the Goberian as many of them are quite prone to allergies. A limited ingredient diet should be a good start. However, be choosy and pick only an LID that contains one easily-digestible novel animal protein like bison, rabbit, or elk or any other ‘uncommon’ meat plus one or two easily digestible carb. Always be mindful of what you give as food for the Goberian.
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Both Golden Retrievers and Siberian Huskies are a playful bunch; expect the Goberian to be the same. As such, it is imperative that you bring it out for its everyday walk. Additionally, you will also need to spend at least half an hour of vigorous playtime with the Goberian. Mental exercises can also help in the ongoing development of the Golden Retriever Husky mix.
Exercise not only takes care of your Goberian’s lean muscles and fully functioning joints. It also keeps it sane and far from canine boredom. If it doesn’t get the exercise it needs, the Golden Retriever Husky Mix can easily get bored and it will show you just how efficient a hunter the Golden Retriever is and a predator the Siberia Husky is. In other words, don’t skip the exercise if you don’t want the Goberian to rule your world.
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Golden Retriever Husky mixes are very friendly. However, they are still dogs that need to be introduced to as many people and other pets as possible. This is the only way you can make sure that the Goberian will never create problems in your home and in the neighborhood. So, bring it to the dog park. If there are events in the neighborhood where dogs are invited or the star of the show, then by all means go. Invite folks into your home and bring their pets with them.
Goberians are generally good with children. However, the same may not be true the other way around. Some kids may not have the slightest clue as to how to properly play with a dog. You may have trained your Goberian to behave especially when around kids, but did you also put effort in teaching your kids how they should play with dogs?
If there’s something you need to understand about the Goberian, it’s that this dog is quite prone to bouts of anxiety and depression especially if its owner leaves it alone for a long time. If you cannot guarantee that someone will be at home always with the Goberian, then forget about owning one.
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This dog can be quite easy to groom as it only needs combing or brushing two to three times weekly. However, its thick coat can be challenging especially for newbies so the assistance of a professional groomer may be required. Once monthly bathing is ideal, although not absolutely necessary especially if the dog is not really that dirty.
What is necessary, however, is daily toothbrushing. If this cannot be adhered to, then twice a week should be the minimum. Clipping the Goberian’s nails every 21 days is a must. So is weekly inspection and cleaning of the ears.
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As we mentioned above, the Goberian is not necessarily a disease-free dog. It can still suffer from bloat, allergies, heart problems, Von Willebrand’s disease, cancer, joint problems, and epilepsy, among others.
If a designer dog breeder tells you that his Goberian is guaranteed to be the healthiest, run as fast and far away as you can.
The Golden Retriever Husky Mix is perfect for you if you…
- Have enough knowledge and experience training and socializing either Golden Retrievers or Siberian Huskies
- Are a firm believer of early socialization and training in dogs
- Lead a very active lifestyle, preferably one that involves running, hiking, trekking, and other outdoor activities
- Can honestly tell yourself that you’re a pack leader
The Goberian is never ideal for…
- Newbie dog owners who clearly don’t have any clue as to how to train, socialize, and care for a mixed breed
- Those who prefer spending the rest of the day on couches and beds and doing nothing at all
- Individuals who think dogs are intelligent that they don’t need to be trained anymore
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Loving and affectionate, especially with kids, the Golden Retriever Husky Mix can be one of the best family companions on the planet, provided it is trained and socialized early in its life. It is intelligent and displays brief episodes of stubbornness that can make it challenging for the novice dog owner, but relatively easy for the experienced one. The Goberian loves to be the center of attraction so it does everything it can to please its owners or even to get their attention. If not trained properly, this can easily translate to destructive tendencies. Regardless, the Golden Retriever Husky mix is always kind and patient – traits that make them highly-prized among families.
Inheriting the beauty, work ethic, friendliness, amiable personality, kindness, and affection of its parents, the Goberian is definitely a good choice for a family dog. However, do keep in mind that the greater the genetic diversity, the more difficult it is to predict your dog’s behavior and temperament.
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