Also known as the Goberian, the Golden Retriever and Husky Mix is a mixed breed that’s slowly gaining popularity among dog shelters. These dogs are known for being energetic and witty, making them ideal for families and children.
The Golden Retriever and Husky Mix is a great dog breed for you if you’re new to adopting pets since they have good temperaments. They tend to be social pets and are quite loyal companions when you treat them right, so they can be great therapy dogs as well.
With that said, your Golden Retriever and Husky Mix will only give you the best kind of TLC if you give them the same. As with most breeds, adequate exercise and socialization, such as going outdoors, will help your dog to stay physically and mentally fit to avoid forming antisocial habits. If you intend to keep them as apartment dogs, make sure you are eager to take them outside for play.
Meet the Parents
The Golden Retriever and Husky Mix is a new mixed breed so there isn’t enough information as to how they originated. Originally made to be a designer dog breed, they are often found in shelters today.
If we dig down into history, we’ll see more background from their parents. The Siberian Husky originated from the Russian Chukchi tribe. They were mostly used as sled dogs due to their ability to survive the cold. We often see them in cartoons and movies pulling sleds for people in the wintery regions. However, Siberian Huskies became a hit when they were introduced in Alaska.
As for the Golden Retriever, they originated in Scotland around the 19th century and were theorized to have descended from an ancient Russian tracker dog. The Golden Retriever was often used for fowl hunting, thus giving them the name “retriever”. Among the existing breeds back then, only this dog breed was suitable for downed game retrieval across various terrain.
Today, the Golden Retriever Husky Mix continues to become popular. If you find this breed in your local shelter, don’t hesitate to adopt it!
As a mixed breed, their qualities will mostly come from their parents, the Golden Retriever and Siberian Husky. With that said, let’s have a look at the physical appearances of the two:
Height: 21 to 24 inches
Weight: 65 to 75 pounds (male), 55 to 65 pounds (female), 8 to 17 pounds (puppy)
The Golden Retriever may seem larger than what it looks like due to its thick double coat. This feature can already be seen even when the dog is still a pup, making it look fluffy.
Their coat will be golden, blonde, or yellow, depending on the parent(s). This distinctive color is what gives them a name. Being a muscular dog, the Golden Retriever is known for a charming smile and adorable eyes. They are also long-snouted dogs.
Height: 20 to 23.5 inches
Weight: 45 to 60 pounds (male), 35 to 50 pounds (female)
Known for adapting to the cold, the Siberian Husky is easily distinguishable due to its wolf-like appearance. Their double coat has different shade varieties but this coat is what gives them protection in the chilly winter areas of the world. Their signature eyes can be brown or blue (but most of us see blue-eyed Huskies).
Golden Retriever and Husky Mix
Now, let’s have a look at the appearance of the mixed breed:
Height: 20 to 24 inches
Weight: 55 to 65 pounds (male), 45 to 55 pounds (female)
Since it is a mixed breed, either of the two breeds’ qualities will appear on your Goberian mix. A word of caution: they have a thick coat so make sure you have a lot of time to groom this dog. The color will depend on the parents but it can be a mix of black, brown, and gold.
Among the known features of a Golden Retriever Husky Mix are the larger snout and black nose. For their ears, it depends on whether they inherit the pointy ears of the Husky or the floppy ears of the Golden retriever. Whatever appearance it will take, this breed is sure to melt your heart with its adorable face.
Temperament and Behavior
The Golden Retriever Husky Mix also combines the different qualities that were known by their parents. They may inherit the stubbornness of the Husky but they will also be quite loyal and sociable. On the other hand, they may also inherit the wittiness and friendliness of the Golden Retriever.
Regardless, as both breeds are very heartwarming and friendly towards people, they will make great pets for those who need emotional support. They are easy to play with because they tend to be sociable. Speaking of which, since they inherit the smart qualities of the Golden Retriever, they’ll play with you nonstop and are ideal for owners who want to teach them tricks.
When it comes to obedience, however, that’s where the line is drawn. Since Huskies are widely known to be aloof, it can be quite a challenge to train them if they inherit the stubborn quality of this breed. However, contrasting to that, Golden Retrievers are often people-pleasers so they are easier to train.
Overall, the Goberian is a mix that’s balanced when it comes to socialization, as long as you take it outside for walks and play fetch more often.
Golden Retriever Husky Mix Training
Due to being part Husky, the Goberian can be a bit stubborn at times so you’ll need to give them some obedience class. Be prepared to spend a lot of time training them if they tend to become aloof and disobedient at times since it is rooted in the Husky side of this breed.
When it comes to exercise, the Golden Retriever Husky mix is a dog breed that needs a lot of it. Make sure that you have a lot of time devoted to taking Fido outside at least once or two times a day. This will help them get socialized even better to avert the stubborn characteristic of this breed mix.
Keeping the Golden Retriever Husky mix on a leash is important because they will tend to sneak out, being that the Husky is often a loner. If you want them to roam around your yard, make sure your yard is fenced or if not, keep the dog in a harness.
Caring for a Golden Retriever and Husky Mix
The Goberian will become a healthy dog if you always give them some TLC. It is important to keep your vet in contact in case any health concerns arise. They are a highly sociable breed and they may develop health problems if they don’t get their daily exercise.
If you want a mixed breed that has a luscious coat, the Golden Retriever and Husky Mix won’t disappoint you. As long as you maintain it properly, it will be a very attractive dog not just for you and your family but also for your guests.
To keep the Golden Retriever and Husky Mix looking good in their thick coat, make sure you brush them regularly. If you don’t have a lot of time to groom your dog then this might not be the breed for you.
You will also need to vacuum your home more often since they do shed a lot. While they aren’t the ideal dog for allergy sufferers, if you still want to keep them, we suggest keeping your home dust-free, such as using an air purifier and regular cleaning methods.
When it comes to grooming your Golden Retriever and Husky Mix, all you need is a regular regime of nail trimming, brushing their teeth, ear cleaning, and regular bath and brushing.
The coat of a Goberian may sometimes have a straight or wavy look depending on their genetic makeup. The brushing should be done at least 3 times a week to avoid excessive shedding around the house. Bathing them should be done as often as needed, especially if your dog tends to spend more time outside of the house.
If you live in a cold area, the Golden Retriever Husky Mix is a great breed of choice. Their double coat is already a great shield against the cold. With that said, during the summer, make sure they stay very hydrated to avoid exhaustion, as their coat doesn’t do well in hot weather.
When it comes to choosing the right dog food for the Golden Retriever and Husky Mix, consider formulas that are made for large breeds. Look for a dog food that has high-energy ingredients, such as those with a lot of protein. They do tend to overeat so make sure they get plenty amount of exercise.
When choosing dog food for the Goberian, here are ingredients to look for:
- Salmon and similar cold-water fish
- Veggies (carrots, broccoli, spinach, kale, squash, sweet potatoes)
- Fruits (blueberries, cranberries)
If you are not so sure about your Golden Retriever and Husky Mix when it comes to feeding them, do ask your vet. Both the parents of this breed have different health problems to consider. Be careful when choosing food if your dog is known to have allergies to certain ingredients, such as grains and dairy.
Golden Retriever Husky Mix Health
A Goberian may suffer from any of the following common health problems:
- Osteochondritis dissecans (affects their joint and legs)
- Von Willebrand’s Disease
- Eye problems
- Heart problems
- Hip dysplasia
- Bloating due to overeating
- Pigmentary uveitis
The life expectancy of the Golden Retriever and Husky Mix is around 10 to 14 years, given that Golden Retrievers live 10 to 12 while Huskies may last 12 to 14. With proper exercise, a balanced diet, great grooming, and the right amount of love and care, the Goberian will surely live a happy life.
If you train your Goberian hard enough, it will be a great breed around kids. Since this breed is quite the athletic type, they will need plenty of physical activities so make sure you watch over your children when they play with them. As long as your kids are properly educated about the dos and don’ts of keeping and interacting with a dog respectfully, they are sure to win the dog breed’s heart.
Like many dog breeds out there, it is best to socialize this breed as early as when they are still puppies. In this way, they’ll easily adapt to any change in their surrounding environment, especially if they were adopted from a shelter. Always use positive reinforcement, as with disciplining most dogs, to make sure your dog doesn’t develop aggressive behavior.
Finding a Golden Retriever and Husky Mix Puppy
If you want to have a Golden Retriever Husky Mix, make sure you get it from a responsible breeder. This may include health showing the puppy’s parents, as well as their health certificates. A reputable breeder will show you around the living quarters of the puppy before you take them home.
For adoption, finding rescue shelters that have the Goberian can be tricky because they are a mixed breed. However, this is a common problem with mixed breeds anyway. If you find it difficult, you can try shelters that focus more on Golden Retrievers or Siberian Huskies because there’s a high chance of them keeping a mix.
Even though Goberian is a designer dog, with the right care, it will grow to be a healthy companion for your family (or for yourself). Remember that this breed needs a lot of exercise, training, and brushing, so make sure you have plenty of time for your dog. We recommend this dog breed for anyone looking to have a daily activity to keep them busy (such as retirees or those with freelance jobs).
In the long run, the Golden Retriever Husky Mix is a great family dog that combines intelligence, loyalty, and socialization. With the right training, grooming, and diet scheme, these lovely dogs will sure to aid you every step of the way.