Guide to Golden Retriever and Husky Mix (Goberians)
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If you are looking for an extraordinary designer dog breed that will make a great addition to your family, then the Goberian may be the right dog for you.
Goberians are considered intelligent, social, and friendly, as well as have a passion for being around humans. This breed is not only energetic but has a gentle side, thanks to the combination of their background.
What is a Goberian?
The Goberian is a hybrid dog breed created by crossing a Golden Retriever with a Siberian Husky. The Goberian is a highly friendly pup who is dedicated and loyal to his human pack leader.
The Goberians mix also results in a dog with a great temperament, and high intelligence. They are energetic and do exceptional in dog-related sports as well as being a nice addition for outdoorsy and active families.
The Siberian Husky
The Siberian Husky was developed by the Chukchi tribe of northeast Asia over 3,000 years ago as sled pullers, to help them in their nomadic life.
During the Alaskan gold rush, sled dog races were set up for entertainment as well as for displaying working stock. However, the dogs hailing from the Chukchis tribe proved to be fast runners of regardless of their smaller size.
The movie “Balto” and the many stories about Siberian Huskies and their endurance have made this breed recognized by people all over the world.
The Siberian husky is a medium-sized dog, with a slightly longer body than it is tall. This breeds height ranges from 20 to 23 1/2 inches and weight can range from 35 to 60 pounds. The furry tail is carried up in a sickle or can be straight out behind.
The Siberian husky has erect ears and can have beautiful eyes of blue to brown or maybe even a mix or one of each color.
Siberian huskies are known for their very dense, plush coat with a lot of undercoat. They also sport a small ruff around the neck but no long fringes are found on the legs or tail. Coat colors can range from black to white to everything in-between. Most huskies have white markings, specifically on the chest and legs.
The Siberian husky has an extremely playful demeanor and enthusiastic attitude. This breed is up for anything that involves mind stimulation and exercise. From pulling, to hiking, running and adventures in the snow, this breed is up for it.
Although this breed is outgoing and friendly, he does need to be socialized and trained. The Siberian greets anyone who comes to the door but are considered pack dogs who can become territorial. Training maybe difficult due to this trait and Siberians are known for being stubborn and independent. The younger they are trained the better the outcome.
The Golden Retriever
The golden retriever was the second most popular AKC breed most likely due to their qualities that make for a perfect pet for families. However, the golden retriever’s roots date back to the nineteenth century in Scotland. According to records, yellow-color Flat-coated Retrievers were carefully selected to be cross bred with Tweed Water Spaniels and some other British dog breeds.
The golden retriever was bred specifically to be a bird dog, and for hunting water fowl. This breed was developed into a hardy, good swimming dog that could tolerate cold water, and track down wounded game.
Today, golden retrievers are popular as service dogs for the blind and disabled people as well as employed as search and rescue dogs and contraband detection dogs.
Golden retriever are medium size dogs and males are 23 to 24 inches tall and weigh about 65 to 75 pounds. Females are about 21 to 22 inches tall and weigh about 55 to 65 pounds.
This breed has a broad head and ears that sit high on the head and hang just below the jaw line. The golden retriever sports a wide and powerful muzzle, with a large black nose.
The golden retriever has a water-repellent coat that can be wavy or flat and range from gold to cream in color. A noted feature of this breed is the feathering on the neck, legs, thighs, underside and tail.
Golden retrievers are smart, loyal dogs with a gentle nature making it the most popular dog breeds in the U.S. They are capable, working dogs that are eager-to-please, and easy-to-train. They usually maintain their playful puppy personality and signature smile into adulthood.
The golden retriever is gentle with children, and they get along well with other pets and strangers. They also do well with obedience training which is why they are such popular service dogs. Because they like to work, they can be trained to fetch their humans slippers.
Golden retrievers are not known for their barking or guarding abilities and do not make the best watchdogs. However, some golden retrievers can be trained to let you know when strangers are approaching but may befriend them.
The Goberian hybrid is a new breed of dog that does not have a lengthy history, but the two breeds that make up the breed have long histories. This breed gained popularity during the designer dog boom that started in the early 1990’s.
Even though the cross is an even 50/50 mix of the two different breeds, the Goberian can vary in appearance and behavior, even in the same litter. Some puppies might resemble the Husky parent more, having blue eyes and the markings or the type of coat typical for the breed. However some pups can inherit more traits from the Golden Retriever parent. There is always puppies that have completely unique looks, as a result of combined traits from both parents. The Goberian is medium to large in size, averaging from 50 to 90 pounds but that can vary based on parents. The Goberian has been known to have a rounded head in proportion to his body and hanging ears. The body usually resembles that of a Golden Retriever while the legs and tail look more like that of a Husky. The double coat will offer protection from diverse weather and can come in shades of black, white, brown, gray, cream and gold.
Because this is a Husky mix breed you would expect it to be dominant and protective over their owners. However, the Goberian is an extremely friendly breed and not known for being the best guard dogs because of this. They are also very loving and known to be highly affectionate with their humans.
The Goberian is extremely active and playful and needs a lot of regular exercise. This breed is great with children due to their energetic and silly personality. However, some goberians will take after their golden lineage and love water sports and playing fetch, while others will take after their husky side and prefer chew toys or digging up the backyard.
Goberian Health Issues
Due to genetics there can be an increase in likelihood of a certain health issues and characteristics. Regular Veterinary check ups are important in catching health issues early on so that they do not affect the quality of your dog’s life.
Dysplasia – Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD) is a genetic predisposition, which is often found in both purebred Golden Retrievers and Husky breeds. That makes the Goberian very susceptible to this disease which prevents the proper formation of the hip joints. This can result in lameness and extreme pain.
Bloat – The Goberian’s deep chest can cause the stomach to flip over on itself, which results in a condition known as bloat. Gas builds up inside due to the entrance and exit of the stomach being sealed off. This causes serious complications, including shock and organ failure. A good quality diet and making sure your dog rests for at least one hour after eating can help prevent this condition.
Eye problems – Huskies are prone to eye problems such as the formation of cataracts. Cataracts are a “clouding of the eyes lens” and can lead to the deterioration of vision over time.
Grooming Your Goberian
The Goberian is a heavy shedder and regular brushing with a de-shedding tool helps. This breed only requires occasional bathing because their thick double coat is self-cleaning. It is important to brush their teeth daily, to reduce plaque formation and tartar build-up, that can lead to dental disease.
The Goberian is considered a designer breed, combining the genetics of a Siberian Husky and a Golden Retriever. The combination of the two breeds results in a friendly, highly intelligent, energetic and great family pup.