If you are reading this article you are probably wondering, what on earth is a Goberian?
That is a very good question.
Most people have never heard of a dog by the name of a Goberian.
Keep reading to learn more!
What Is a Goberian?
A Goberian is a hybrid dog breed that is a combination of a Golden Retriever and a Siberian Husky.
Sometimes this mixture happens accidentally and sometimes it is the result of purposeful breeding.
When a breed is created by intentionally mixing two purebred dogs, that breed is called a Designer Breed. The Goberian is one example of a designer dog.
In this article we will delve into the characteristics and traits of the Goberian. We hope that after reading this, you will have a better idea of whether a Goberian is the right dog for you.
The Goberian is a very new designer dog.
Designer dogs became popular within the last two decades.
Since this is such a new hybrid, there is very little available history about the Goberian.
However, the Golden Retriever and the Siberian Husky both have rich histories.
Learning more about the parent breeds can help you get a better sense of what to expect from the Goberian temperament.
Let’s take a closer look at the histories and traits of the Golden Retriever and the Siberian Husky.
Golden Retriever History and Characteristics
The Golden Retriever is one of the most beloved and iconic dog breeds in the world.
Golden Retrievers are known for being sweet, playful and good-natured. They usually make great family pets.
Golden Retrievers were originally bred to be gun dogs and retrieve game for their masters. The breed emerged in Scotland in the 1800s.
Some Golden Retrievers are still used as working dogs to this day, but today most Golden Retrievers are strictly pets.
You can follow this link to learn more about the Golden Retriever temperament.
Siberian Husky History and Characteristics
Siberian Huskies originated in Siberia and came to North America in the early 1900s.
Huskies were bred to pull sleds and supplies through the snow in harsh Northern climates.
Therefore, these dogs are best suited for cold climates. They have very thick coats and they can overheat rapidly in warm temperatures.
Siberian Huskies also have a great deal of stamina and they need a lot of daily exercise and mental stimulation.
Siberian Huskies are not the best choice for novice dog owners. They are known to become vocal and/or destructive if they get bored.
However, Huskies make great companions for experienced and active owners who can properly channel their energy.
Click here to learn more about the Siberian Husky temperament.
Goberian Characteristics and Personality Traits
When you combine a Golden Retriever with a Siberian Husky, you generally get a hybrid with the following characteristics:
Of course, not all Goberians will have the exact same personality since all dogs are individuals.
However, it is safe to say that most Goberians are clever, high-energy dogs that will require daily exercise and plenty of training.
Size and Appearance
Goberians are medium to large sized dogs.
The average Goberian weight range is between 50 and 90 lbs.
The typical Goberian height range is between 22 and 24 inches at the withers (shoulders).
The following are common Goberian colors:
- Combination of two or more of these colors
Goberian eye colors can be brown or blue. Some Goberians even have one eye of each color!
Goberian fur is thick and requires a lot of upkeep.
We will talk more about Goberian grooming and shedding in the next section.
How to Groom Your Goberian?
If you own a Goberian, you need to be ready for a lot of brushing, grooming, shedding and vacuuming.
You will want to stock up on some basic grooming supplies such as a brush, comb and nail clippers. You might even want to get some grooming scissors. Definitely invest in a great vacuum cleaner!
Brush your Goberian at least once per day to remove dead fur.
And plan to increase brushing to more than once a day during heavy shedding periods.
You will probably also want to bring your Goberian to a professional groomer a few times per year.
That will be the perfect time for a deshedding treatment and a sanitary clip.
Do not forget to brush your Goberian’s teeth and clean their ears on a regular basis as well.
Does the Goberian Shed?
Yes, the Goberian sheds heavily, especially a couple of times per year during “shedding season.”
Regular brushing and bathing can help cut back on the amount of shedding, but it will not be able to curtail it completely.
If you own a Goberian, you need to be prepared for dog fur in your house, on your clothes, and on your furniture.
If you cannot stand dog hair, the Goberian is unfortunately not the right choice for you.
Is the Goberian Hypoallergenic?
Unfortunately, if you suffer from allergies, the Goberian is probably not the best fit.
This breed is not considered to be hypoallergenic.
However, if you are looking for a hypoallergenic pet, you can check out this list of hypoallergenic dog breeds.
How To Train Your Goberian?
If you own any type of dog, obedience training is a very important aspect of responsible dog ownership.
Dog training is also a great bonding activity for you and your Goberian.
Goberians are very smart, although they can sometimes be independent thinkers. You will need to have patience and good sense of humor to train this breed.
Make sure you adhere to positive reinforcement training methods for the best results.
Do not use “old school” methods that include harsh punishment, fear or “dominance.” Also avoid using painful collars such as choke chains, pinch collars or shock collars.
If possible, sign up for an obedience class or puppy class with a force-free dog trainer in your area.
After you have completed a basic obedience class, you can sign up for other interesting activities such as agility, nosework, tracking, flyball, frisbee, and much more!
Helpful Dog Training Resource:
Staying Healthy: Goberian Health Issues
Overall, the Goberian tends to be a healthy dog.
This is partly because the Goberian is a hybrid.
Hybrids and mixed breeds are almost always healthier than purebred dogs. The reason for this is that hybrids come from a more diverse gene pool—so there is less chance of inheriting a genetic condition.
Below are some of the genetic diseases that are common in Golden Retrievers and Siberian Huskies.
It is still a good idea to familiarize yourself with these hereditary conditions even though your Goberian is less likely to inherit one of these diseases than a purebred Golden Retriever or Husky.
Common Golden Retriever Health Issues
- Cancer– 60% of Golden Retrievers are impacted by cancer
- Hip Dysplasia
- Heart Conditions
- Allergies/ Skin Issues
- Thyroid Problems
Common Siberian Husky Health Issues
- Hip Dysplasia
- Other Eye Issues
Helpful Dog Health Resource:
Preventative Care for your Goberian
You can keep your Goberian happy and healthy by bringing him to a veterinarian at least once per year.
At his yearly checkup, your Goberian should receive a thorough physical exam, plus a heartworm test and annual vaccinations.
As your dog gets older you may also want to do senior bloodwork every year at his annual exam.
What should you feed your Goberian?
Talk with your vet about the best diet for this active breed.
Your vet will help you choose a dog food brand that offers high-quality nutrition and avoids cheap filler materials such as corn and animal by-products.
The Goberian Lifespan
How long does a Goberian usually live?
The lifespan of your Goberian will depend on many factors, but the average life expectancy of this mixed breed is between 10 and 12 years.
Rescue and Adoption
Are you ready to add a Goberian to your household?
If so, please look into adoption as your first option!
There are many great dogs looking for caring homes through rescue groups and adoption societies.
How to Find a Goberian for Adoption
You can start your search by visiting your local animal shelter or humane society.
Let the staff know that you are looking for a Golden Retriever Husky mix (they might not be familiar with the term Goberian).
Even if they do not have one available right away, they can keep your application on file for the future.
You can also contact rescue groups for Golden Retrievers and Siberian Huskies. Rescue groups are organizations that specialize in one specific breed. They also help mixes.
There are also plenty of ways to search for adoptable Goberians on the internet.
Websites like Petfinder.com and Adoptapet.com will allow you to search for adoptable dogs by breed and location. They will also let you set alerts so that you can receive emails when your desired breeds become available in your region.
Facebook is another good way to connect with rescue groups and adoption societies around the country.
The Benefits of Adoption
There are many great reasons to adopt a pet.
When you adopt a dog, you save a life!
You also usually get a pet that is a little bit older, calmer, and sometimes has some prior training.
This is the perfect solution if you are attracted to this hybrid, but you are not sure that you have the time and energy to train a puppy or deal with the destructive chewing phase.
Finding a Goberian For Sale from a Reputable Breeder
For those who are considering buying a Goberian puppy from a breeder, make sure to do your research and select an ethical breeder.
The best way to ensure that you work with a good breeder is to make appointments to visit the potential breeders in person.
Do not buy Goberian puppies over the internet or from a pet store.
Always visit the property yourself to see what kind of conditions the dogs are living in.
This is the only way to avoid buying a Goberian pup from a puppy mill or a backyard breeder.
While you are on site, ask lots of questions and request to see the parents’ medical records and AKC registration papers.
A responsible breeder will welcome your visit and will be eager to answer your questions.
They will probably ask you questions as well to make sure that you can provide an excellent home to one of their puppies.
If a breeder does not want you to visit their location or they are only interested in your money, move on and take your business elsewhere.
Check out this informative article for more tips on finding a good breeder.
Checkout our Complete Guide to Breeders:
The Goberian Cost
How much does a Goberian cost?
The Goberian price tag depends on quite a few different factors.
If you adopt your Goberian from a rescue organization the cost will certainly be lower. For example, most adoption fees are between $75 and $300 depending on the rescue group.
This price generally includes spay/neuter, vaccines and sometimes even a microchip.
On the other hand, if you purchase a Goberian puppy from a breeder the price will be substantially higher.
Most designer puppies sell for over $1000. Sometimes even more!
We hope that you have enjoyed learning a little bit more about the Goberian mixed breed.
We also hope that this article has helped you figure out whether or not the Goberian could be a good match for your family.
Bringing home a new pet is very exciting, but it is a big commitment. It is worth it to take your time and make sure that you find a dog that fits your lifestyle.
Allie has worked in the field of animal welfare for over ten years and as a freelance writer the space for many years. She has had many different kinds of dogs (and cats) throughout her life—all adopted. She currently shares her home with a lovable pit bull mix named Huckleberry.