This happy mix of two very popular breeds produces a loving and mischievous dog.
The Golden Retriever Husky mix is energetic, affectionate and social.
They are gorgeous dogs who can become an affectionate part of the family. With their playful attitude and gentle nature, they are the perfect companion for active families.
Think this dog is the one for your family?
Keep reading to find out more about them and how to keep them happy and healthy…
Contents and Quick Navigation
- What is a Golden Retriever Husky Mix? (Overview)
- Golden Retriever Husky Mix Appearance
- Golden Retriever Husky Mix Personality and Temperament
- How to Train a Golden Retriever Husky Mix
- Caring for a Golden Retriever Husky Mix
- Quick Breed Summary Table
What is a Golden Retriever Husky Mix? (Overview)
The Golden Retriever Husky mix is also commonly known as the Goberian. This hybrid is fairly new and was first bred in the 2000s. No one is sure why the Goberian was first bred, but it’s understandable that they wanted to make a mix of two of the most popular breeds.
They are very difficult to find, but recently they are becoming more and more popular.
Golden Retrievers and Siberian Huskies both have a long history. The Golden Retriever can be traced back to the 1850s where they were bred to retrieve game and waterfowl in Britain. The Siberian Husky has an even longer history, dating back 3000 years. They were used as sled dogs in northeastern Asia – and in the 20th century were introduced in America by fur traders
The Goberian is not recognized by the American Kennel Club as it’s a mixed breed dog, but both parent breeds are recognized.
Golden Retriever Husky Mix Appearance
Because this is a cross breed, their appearance will vary depending on what genes the puppy inherits from their parents.
They could look more like a Husky or more like a Retriever, or most likely, a mix of both.
No matter what genes they receive, they are handsome either way.
They will have a long muzzle, small eyes and a happy smile.
Their ears can be either floppy or straight! Their eyes can also be potluck (thanks to the Husky genes) they can have brown or blue eyes, or even one of each.
Size and Weight
The Golden Retriever and Siberian Husky are both different sizes, so your pooch has a wide range of potential sizes;
- Male Retrievers grow somewhere between 65-75lb.
- Male Huskies can grow between 40-60lb.
You can expect a full grown Goberian to weigh between 45-70lb and stand up to 24 inches tall.
Colors and Coat
The Golden Retriever Husky mix colors are a lottery thanks to the variation of colors their parents can have.
Golden Retrievers can be dark golden, golden and light golden.
The Siberian Husky has even more variation: agouti and white, black and white, gray and white, red and white, sable and white and solid white. They can also have markings; black points around their eyes and nose.
So you should expect pretty much any of the colorations above for your Goberian pup.
The Golden Retriever and Siberian Husky both have medium length double coats, so it is very likely the Goberian will have one as well – retrievers under coats are dense and waterproof, whereas the Husky’s is soft.
Retrievers have feathering on their neck, hind legs and tail, which the Goberian can inherit.
Golden Retriever Husky Mix Personality and Temperament
This dog is a cross breed, so it’s difficult to predict with any certainty what their personality will be.
However we can look at the parent breeds, to get an idea of what the Goberian’s temperament will be like.
The Golden Retriever Husky mix will most definitely be loyal and friendly.
Thanks to the parent breeds, this mix is guaranteed to be affectionate – they will form a strong bond with you and your family. However, they tend to have a very strong bond with only one member of the family but will be loving towards everyone.
Both the Retriever and Husky have been used as companion dogs for years, so it’s a given that this mix is people friendly.
Siberian Huskies are stubborn and strong-willed, they are very independent dogs. They also have a tendency to ‘talk and chatter’ so don’t be surprised if your Goberian talks back at you!
Even though the Husky is independent, the Retriever is very people oriented and does not like to be alone for too long.
So you should expect this cross breed to not like being alone for too long. They can also become destructive from boredom and anxiety
The Husky is also cheeky and can misbehave at times. They may not be the most obedient, but the Golden Retriever side of them is eager to please, so their mischief can be easily managed.
This mix is very dog friendly with the right socialization, but can have a strong prey drive. So if you have small pets in the house already, make sure you introduce them gradually.
Is A Golden Retriever Husky Mix A Good Family Dog?
The Golden Retriever Husky mix has a gentle nature that will definitely be a favorite with kids! Just make sure you always supervise kids around this mix and teach them basic dog language to understand when a dog needs some space.
How to Train a Golden Retriever Husky Mix
The Golden Retriever is very eager to please, however the Husky is stubborn and independent. So training your cross could either be easy or challenging, depending on which gene is stronger in them.
Make sure you keep your dog’s attention when training them – be consistent and confident.
Both parent breeds are very intelligent, so your Goberian is most likely going to inherit this trait. Once you have your dog’s attention, training should be fairly easy.
Start training your puppy the moment you bring them home, the older they get without training, the more headstrong they get and won’t listen to you. Make sure you use positive reinforcement when training your pooch – it has been proven to be the most effective training method.
Punishment should be avoided as this can cause unwanted problematic behaviors.
Give your pup a reward when they listen to your command! Find out what your dog values the most; praise, food or play.
This dog may have some attention issues when training, so to keep them focused on training, you can make it fun for them. Play has also been proven to improve memory and relieve stress.
Socialization is important with every dog and the Goberian is no different. You should take them to puppy classes and expose them to a range of people, children and dogs.
Mental stimulation is needed with a smart dog like this mix, as they can easily get bored and become destructive. You can also play some games with them like fetch or hide and seek. Retrievers will really enjoy fetch, as retrieving things is quite literally in their nature!
Caring for a Golden Retriever Husky Mix
This mix should not be taken on lightly.
They need a family who has the time and commitment to care for them. They need lots of exercise and attention sprinkled with regular grooming and care.
The Goberian will prefer a big house and a backyard to run around in.
This mix is very energetic – remember both of their parent breeds were bred to be working, athletic dogs.
They will need 90 minutes of exercise each day. This can be walking, jogging or hiking.
When taking your dog for a walk, keep them on a leash until you are confident she will return when called. You can use an extendable lead during training.
The Goberian isn’t aggressive towards other dogs, so taking him to a dog park is the perfect place for them to get some socialization with other pooches and to blow off some energy.
Grooming and Shedding
This mix will have a medium length double coat, but they do not shed as much as you think!
Even though they are not big shedders, it’s best to brush them at least once a week. This regular brushing promotes natural oils which keeps their coat shiny and healthy.
Feeding and Diet
Every dog needs a healthy, balanced diet that includes proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals.
Proteins are important source of energy and amino acids. They provide your pooch with amino acids that they can’t make on their own. Dietary fats are vital as well – these provide your dog with a concentrated energy source and also help to keep their coat healthy!
A rough guide for a 40-50lb mix would be around 2.5 cups of kibble spread over two meals a day.
What you choose to feed your dog is a personal choice, as long as you feed them high quality food without artificial fillers and ingredients like corn syrup, they will love meal time.
Obesity is a common problem with these dogs – feeding them lots of treats and giving them leftovers is a difficult habit to breakout of. Make sure you keep your pooch active and keep track of how many treats your family is giving them.
How Long Does A Golden Retriever Husky Mix Live?
The average lifespan of a Golden Retriever Husky mix is 10-14 years.
How Much Does A Golden Retriever Husky Mix Cost?
A Golden Retriever Husky mix will cost somewhere between $250-$1500.
Generally the more expensive they are, the more trustworthy the breeder will be as it costs money to raise healthy dogs.
Quick Breed Summary Table
|Size:||20 to 24 inches tall|
|Coat:||Medium length, double coat|
|Color:||White, gold, brown, black and more|
|Do They Shed:||Yes (Moderate amounts)|
|Temperament:||Affectionate, loyal and mischievous|
|Socialization:||Will need early socialization but great with other dogs and pets|
|Destructive Behavior:||Can chew when bored and anxious|
|People Skills:||Great with people|
|Good with Children:||Yes|
|Activity Levels:||Very energetic, needs 90 minutes of exercise a day|
So, you think this handsome cross breed is for you? The next step is to find a reputable breeder.
When contacting the breeder, ask them if you can visit and see mom and puppies together; if they don’t want you to, chances are they are not trustworthy.
Remember this is a dog that thrives on attention but can want independence at times. They won’t like being alone for too long, so make sure you are prepared to commit to their needs.
The Golden Retriever Husky mix will need daily exercise of around 90 minutes.
Grooming is fairly easy as they don’t shed too much – just make sure to brush them at least once a week.
Both the Retriever and the Husky are great with kids, they are patient and love the attention kids can give them. There is no aggressive bone in their body.
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