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The Goberian is a mixed breed cross between a Siberian Husky and a Golden Retriever. Imagine that soft, pleading eyes of a retriever set against the muscular, thick-furred Husky.
Although this designer breed is relatively new, they are in high demand. People love the combination of innocent playful retriever and determined, strong husky.
The question is, do you have what it takes to be a Goberian dog owner?
Are You The One?
1. You’re Looking for a Large Dog
Goberians are large dogs with a lot of fur. You can expect this dog to weight as much as 80 pounds when he/she is fully grown.
Don’t let the size intimidate you! These dogs love to be around people and (like their Golden Retriever) parent, are not considered aggressive dogs.
2. Activity Is Your Middle Name
Big dogs need a lot of activity. The Goberian might be the dog for you if you’re looking for a running companion. Be prepared to take him for long walks or runs on a daily basis.
Goberians need a lot of exercise, but there is an exception to the rule. Running a Goberian in a very hot climate may result in an overheated, frustrated dog.
This dogs heavy (but non-shedding) coat doesn’t make him a good breed for very hot and humid climates unless you’re likely enough to have an indoor, air-conditioned environment.
3. You Work From Home or Are Retired
The thing with Goberians is that you can’t be 100% sure what you’re going to get. If the dog leans more heavily toward his Golden Retriever parent, he is not going to want to be alone for long.
Goberians are people-pleasers and they won’t be very happy if you’re at work all day while he is home alone. This type of breed is best suited for someone who has the ability to spend a lot of time with the dog by their side.
Leaving a dog alone for long periods of time is just setting him up to fail. Separation Anxiety will manifest in destructive behaviour around the house.
Crate training (especially when they’re puppies) is a good way to start getting them used to you being out of the home for short periods of time.
3. You Have Space
Unfortunately, the Goberian isn’t a good dog for apartments or condo life. A big back yard is ideal for this dog; however, having close access to off-leash parks and hiking trails will work.
Goberians need at least an hour of strenuous activity every day to maintain mental stability, prevent weight gain, and maintain mobility as they age.
4. You’re a One-Pet Kind of Person
The Goberian can easily adjust to other dogs in the house. The dog has a natural prey-drive, however, that could get him into trouble around cats or other small animals.
For your dog’s safety, and the safety of small animals in the house or neighbourhood, you’ll need to keep close tabs on the Goberian.
It’s not impossible to socialize a Goberian to other pets in the home, you just might need to supervise the introduction in the beginning.
5. You’re Not New to Dog Ownership
Goberians are smart and active. If you’ve had dogs before, you probably know how important it is to be the pack leader.
This dog could get the best of you if you’re not able to be consistent with training, communication, exercise, and limitations.
Consider starting Goberian puppies in behavioural training as soon as possible and make sure to socialize the dog in a variety of different settings.
6. You Know How to Stay One Step Ahead of a Smart Dog
Committing to a large, energetic breed like a Goberian is an undertaking that’s not for the faint of heart. You’re going to need to manage your schedule around your dog’s needs.
Goberians don’t like to be ignored or left alone for too long. As the dog owner, you will need to make sure he/she is exercised physically and stimulated mentally.
7. You Live in a Mild Climate
If you live in a part of the world where it’s hot all-year round, the Goberian is not the dog for you.
Considering that the Husky was bred for work in cold climates like Alaska, you can’t expect this designer dog to be able to withstand a lot of heat.
This dog thrives in cool/cold weather and definitely doesn’t need to wear a doggy jacket in the snow.
If you do live in a warm climate and really want a Goberian, consider how you will be able to keep your dog cool and out of danger from over-heating.
Air-conditioned homes will work. Avoid taking your dog out when the sun it at its peak. Instead, opt for early morning or late afternoon walks.
8. You Can Provide a Safe & Secure Environment
The ideal situation for large-breed dog owners is to have a huge, fenced in backyard. The problem, however, is that the Goberian can become a sneaky escape artist.
If you live in a home with a backyard, you’ll definitely need to secure a fence that the dog can’t dig under or climb over.
9. You Are a Good Pack Leader
This points back to not being a novice dog owner. Experienced dog owners know what it means to show assertive behaviour around a dog.
Own this dog’s respect and you’ll have it for life. Let the dog get away with too much and you’ll quickly lose control.
10. You’ve Got Strong Arms for Grooming
It’s hard to imagine a dog like a Goberian not shedding, but they shed very little. However, to avoid letting their fur become matted you must be willing to regularly groom your dog.
This dog will need to be groomed (brushed) at least every other day. As with all dogs, there are also nails to be trimmed, ears to be cleaned, and teeth to be cared for.
11. You’ve Got the Money For Doggy Upkeep
Dogs can be expensive. There’s no getting around it. Buying a Goberian will cost you anywhere from $300 to $1500. You’ll need to keep the dog on premium dog food designed specifically for large breeds as well.
Consider getting pet insurance to help ward off the costs of veterinarian check-ups, vaccinations, booster shots, etc.a
More Things to Consider Before Bringing Home a New Puppy
Dogs are a lot of work and need to be exercised and groomed on a regular basis. As with most large-breed dogs, hip and elbow dysplasia are a possibility.
Don’t forget to puppy-proof your home! Puppies (like babies) will put everything in their mouths as they learn about their environment. Unfortunately, some of those things may become choking hazards.
You may need to invest some money in baby-gates to keep your new puppy away from stairways or to keep them confined to one area of the house. As your puppy grows, his needs will change. Additional costs of dog ownership will include:
- Flea & Tick Prevention
- Grooming supplies
- Premium Dog Food
- Dog bed
- Food and Water Dish
- Poop bags
- Age-appropriate Toys
- Fencing for the Yard
- Vaccinations and booster shots
- Check with your city or town to see if dog registration is required
- Pet insurance
- Spay/Neutering Costs
Summary – Go Get Yourself a Goberian Puppy!
If you’ve read this far, you are ready for a Goberian puppy. Not familiar with breeders? Be sure to read up on how to separate good vs bad dog breeders. Avoid scams and puppy mills. If someone offers to sell you a Goberian but doesn’t want you to see the home where they were born, run.
Owning a dog is a little like a marriage…it’s for better or worse. Enjoy the good days and be ready (financially and mentally) for the not-so-good days. Goberians just want to love and be loved. If you can do that, you’ve got this nailed.
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