Goberian: 6 Reasons To Own The Golden Retriever Husky Mix

The Goberian is a mix of the intelligent Golden Retriever and the hard-working Husky.

Their overall behavior and attitude will vary depending on if they inherit more characteristics from the Golden Retriever side or the Siberian Husky side.

This breed is easy to train as they love impressing their people, and they are great at learning new tricks. These dogs are both sweet and hard-working, and this is why they are becoming increasingly popular. Although this breed has a husky background, they are most likely not going to be used to pull sleds and do extremely heavy labor.

In the rest of this article, we will explore what you need to know to be able to successfully care for this breed and give them the life they deserve…

Husky And Golden Retriever

What is a Goberian? (Overview)

A Goberian is a mix created by crossing a Golden Retriever and a Siberian Husky.

The Golden Retriever breed on its own is meant to retrieve things, typically birds, for the owner. The Siberian husky breed is a working breed meant to pull sleds and perform physical labor.

Due to both it’s parents working history, this is a large breed.

Their primary purpose as a mixed breed is to be a loving and loyal companion that can also be used as a watch dog. The most popular physical combination of a Goberian are a golden coat and striking blue eyes.

However there are many different combinations of coat and eye color that can occur.

Goberians are kind and well-tempered, however caring for them can be a difficult task as they tend to get bored – but everything gets easier with time, practice and training.

  • Overview: Hybrid (Golden Retriever/Siberian Husky).
  • Purpose: Loyal guarding companion.
  • Weight: 40-70 pounds.
  • Size: 20-24 inches.
  • Temperament: Intelligent, people-pleaser and gentle.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Easier to train than other breeds.
  • Known for getting along with other dogs and kids.
  • Can be used as a watch dog.
  • Loves to socialize and have company.
  • Does not shed as much as other breeds.

Cons:

  • Double coat can cause heat strokes.
  • Prey drive can cause them to chase small animals.
  • Large space needed.
  • Requires almost daily brushing.
  • Husky oriented Goberians can be independent and stubborn.

Goberian Appearance

Goberian

The Goberian is a large dog, normally with long hair that appears to be thick and puffy. They are most sought out when they have golden coats and blue eyes, but they can have many different appearances.

Height and Weight

These large dogs typically weigh between 40-70 pounds. Females are usually at the lower end of the weight range, and males are normally at the higher end.

As for height females are normally slightly smaller as well.

The height range for the Goberian is between 20 and 24 inches.

Coat and Colors

There are many colors that this breed can end up being.

They can be black, white, golden, cream, brown, or any mixture of these colors. In addition to the chance of being a mix of colors, this breed has a chance of having a face mask pattern like the husky.

Their coat is thick and long.

This thick coat allows them to function well in cold environments, but it can hold them back in the summer heat due to the possibility of heat stroke.

Although this breed is known for having a thick double coat, they oddly shed less frequently than the average dog. To maintain their beautiful coat you need to brush them 2-3 times each week – this can be more of a grooming commitment than most owners are willing to make.

6 Fun Facts About Goberians

  1. Although the coat and eye color combination that is typically sought out of these dogs is a golden coat with blue eyes, there are lots of possible combinations due to their different genes.
  2. They are known for being talented escape artists.
  3. Even though this breed is not very well known yet, it is gaining popularity due to its kindness and affection.
  4. Goberians are very free-spirited and tend to wander off or find something not ideal to stick their noses in if they are bored.
  5. If left alone for long periods of time they can develop separation anxiety.
  6. They are good at hiking and enjoy other outdoor activities that use a lot of energy.

Goberian Personality and Temperament

Husky Chasing Golden Retriever

Goberians are becoming increasingly popular due to their family-oriented nature and sweet, loving nature.

They are very hard-working dogs that live to please their owners.

If your mix received more traits from the Golden Retriever side, they are more likely to be obedient and do exactly as told.

However if they are more like the Husky, it is likely that the dog could naturally act more independent and do its own thing.

Proper training can break mischievous behaviors (barking and howling) though.

Not enough activities or exercise can bad behavior as they are trying to get attention. These behaviors can arise quickly even with the proper training, so it is best to ensure they are always occupied.

The Goberian is known for having a social personality and wanting to spend time with people.

These dogs are very playful and are very good with children.

Because of the Siberian husky portion of the mix, they typically look at one specific person as the pack leader – they will still be attached to other family members though.

They are very intelligent animals, and are good at playing mind games and learning new tricks. They love playing fetch, catching and chasing things and playing things such as hide and seek. This breed is typically good with other dogs, however they can be sensitive to cats and other small animals. Being a mix of a working dog and a retriever this breed has a desire to chase after prey.

With the proper training they can be less stimulated by prey animals but are likely to hold onto the retriever instinct.

Is The Goberian A Good Family Dog?

This breed is a very good family dog and they are driven to please and protect their own people.

Caring for a Goberian

Puppy Goberian

Caring for a Goberian can be a large task.

Their intelligence and drive to work means they need a lot of attention. Without the proper amount of attention, this breed can become destructive.

They require long walks every day and prefer to spend their time running around playing, rather than sitting and watching TV. If you are not one for going outside or moving around frequently, there is probably a better breed out there for you.

This breed does well in colder areas or areas that do not have extreme humidity. Their coat gives them great protection against cold weather, but would probably not be the best to combat the heat of a desert or areas with extreme humidity.

In addition this breed is not ideal for apart living.

Exercise Requirements

Husky Golden Retriever mixes make great running partners as they are a high energy breed that lives to move.

This breed requires a high amount of exercise and stimulating games. Because of this it is generally not recommended that these dogs live in small apartments or even small homes that have no yard.

Each walk is recommended to last 60 minutes or more.

However it is generally recommended to watch walking this breed in the hot summer months because their coat can make them overheat. They still require daily walks, so it is best to walk them in a shaded area or at night.

  • Number of Walks Per Day: 2-3.
  • Total Exercise Needed Per Day: 60+ Minutes.

Grooming and Shedding

Golden Retrievers And A Husky

Contradictory to their thick and long coats, Goberians do not require lots of brushing – they are known for shedding less than an average dog.

They need brushing 2-3 times per week.

Brushing out this breed can also lessen the risk of heat stroke by removing the dead hair from the animal. Their paws also require small amounts of trimming to prevent the hair from collecting debris.

Remember as they have a double coat, trimming it can cause damage and future problems with their coat.

Feeding and Diet

Being a large and high energy breed, it is essential they eat slightly more to fuel their play time. They should be given 2½ to 3 cups of food per day, broken up into 2 feedings. This helps to maintain energy across the span of the entire day rather than just in the morning.

Due to the energy requirements this breed should receive a high-quality food to ensure the proper nutrients are given without any extra supplements being required. They typically do not have any allergies and should not need any supplements unless they have a health issue.

To stay healthy, the breed needs around 10% of their diet to be fat and 23% of their diet to be protein.

Remember if they are overfed they can gain weight. Additionally this could lead to major health issues such as joint issues or underlying blood problems.

Calories Per Day:Cups of Kibble Per Day:
15003

Known Health Problems

The Goberian is relatively a healthy dog in terms of issues that can arise.

However if there is one thing owners should look out for it is muscular dystrophy. This is a genetic disorder that cannot be prevented, and is common with Golden Retrievers.

In addition, Golden Retrievers have a higher risk of getting cancer so this is something to be aware of.

How Long Does A Goberian Live?

The Goberian dog has an average lifespan of 10-15 years.

As with any breed the lifespan varies depending on the health issues that the personal dog might have or the care that is given to them.

How Much Does A Goberian Cost?

A reputable breeder can charge anywhere between $250- $1,500.

How To Train A Goberian

A Husky Mix

The best way to train these dogs is to speak kindly, use the same training technique continuously, use treats and rewards when they follow orders and use words of praise.

This breed thrives on positive reinforcement.

This breed is known for destructive behavior (such as digging and howling) when bored. So keeping them occupied is key.

Mental stimulation is highly required for this breed, especially if a large amount of physical activity is not being given. This can be done by playing games that make the gears in their mind spin.

This can include using kongs with treats or food inside, using shape games, teaching them newer and more complicated tricks and playing hide and seek.

Quick Breed Summary Table

Breed Characteristics
Size:20-24 inches.
Weight:40-70lb.
Lifespan:10-15 years.
Coat:Normally straight, medium in length with a thick double coat.
Color:The most popular choice of owners is golden, they can also be white, black or brown.
Do They Shed:Yes.
Temperament:Friendly, loving, eager to learn and family oriented.
Intelligence:High.
Socialization:Great with people, families, children and other dogs.
Destructive Behavior:Can chew and howl if they get bored.
People Skills:Highly social dog that live to impress.
Good with Children:Yes.
Activity Levels:High activity required both mentally and physically.

Summary

The Goberian is suited for those who have large gardens to ensure the pup has somewhere to run.

Being more easily trained than most breeds, this could be a great breed for first time owners if they are up to the constant grooming requirement and possible independence they will show if not entertained.

This breed is known for getting along very well with other dogs, but it is advised to be wary when this breed is around cats or small creatures such as squirrels

Behavioral issues can occur when they do not get their recommended exercise.

Providing you are up to the challenge, you will get a loyal and loving friend who pulls at your heart strings and keeps life interesting.

Let us know your questions in the comments section below…

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Thomas has been a dog lover since he was 6 years old when his parents got him a rescue Labrador. Since then his love for dogs has lead him to study Animal Behavior & Welfare. He now keeps a six year old English Bullmastiff and educates pet parents through his online publication Perfect Dog Breeds.

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