During my time as a veterinary student, our school offered subjects which sparked my interest in helping different dog breeds. Over the past five years, I have carried this passion with me through my experience in a variety of charity work and actual work in veterinary clinics and mobile medical missions. I’ve seen other people who have the same passion as I do. Recently, a local and well-known veterinary clinic hired me as a veterinarian assistant. Through the years, I cared for dogs of various breeds personally. My friends also share some stories about their puppies, and I had some chances of checking up on them in my home practice.
3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Get a Husky Golden Retriever Puppy
Caring for a Husky Golden Retriever puppy may be difficult for first-time dog owners. Based on their parent breeds, its Husky origin is moderately adaptable to its surroundings. The other characteristics that may prove challenging for first-time dog owners are the following:
- Can be aggressive
- Tends to escape the room or house
Husky Golden Retriever pups have high-energy levels and exercise needs. They need a hefty amount of physical and mental stimulation. For people with a hectic schedule, their above average exercise needs may be inconvenient.
This mixed breed is not very suitable for apartment living. They require a larger space to play and to explore. Also, some apartments have poor ventilation which is not advisable for this mixed puppy. This trait coincides with their high-energy level.
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3 Reasons Why You Should Get a Golden Retriever Husky Puppy
The Golden Retriever Husky puppy has a social personality. You would not need to worry about inviting guests over. This puppy has enough energy to play with kids and entertain a room of people. They can also get along well with other dogs.
Golden Retriever Crossed with Husky puppies have a high level of intelligence. This characteristic will make the training easier compared to other breeds.
This mixed breed has a stunning appearance. Depending on the cross-breeding, It can boast of a golden coat and piercing blue eyes. It is considered one of the designer breeds, calculated mixes that result in particular qualities.
Appearance, Personality, and Traits of a Golden Retriever Husky Mix Puppy
|Weight||40 lbs to 70 lbs|
|Height||20 inches to 24 inches|
|Coat Type||Straight, wavy, medium-length, dense and thick outer coat|
|Coat Color||combination of white, black, golden, blond, and different shades of brown|
|Amount of Shedding||Low shedding|
|Temperament||Kind and gentle to the family, maybe stubborn, eager to impress|
Similar with other mixed dog breeds, the resulting appearance and traits may be unpredictable due to the parent breeds. However, there is a degree of certainty in the possible outcomes when you look at the purebred parents’ appearance and traits.
Starting with the Golden Retriever side, the male puppies are heavier than the females. The males of this breed weigh from 65 pounds to 75 pounds, and the females weigh from 55 pounds to 65 pounds. The height of this breed is 21 inches to 24 inches.
Golden Retrievers have a thick double coat that adds to the massive appearance of this breed. The distinct color of its coat may be yellow, golden, or blond.
For the Golden Retriever’s facial appearance, it has a characteristic long snout. Its ears are usually floppy and down-turned. Its eyes can evoke soft and sweet emotions and it has a smile that brings warmth to people.
The males of this breed weigh from 45 pounds to 60 pounds, and the females weigh from 35 pounds to 50 pounds. The height of this breed is 20 inches to 23.5 inches.
Like the Golden Retriever, Huskies have a double coat. Its coat comes in a myriad of colors, such as black and white. It may also have colored markings on its body that consists of shades of red and copper.
For the Husky’s facial features, the most striking among them is the wolf-like appearance. Another characteristic facial feature is its almond eyes, which may be blue, brown, or one of each. Its ears are often erect and pointy.
The Golden Retriever Husky mix puppies will be a combination of these aforementioned features. Females are often leaner and smaller than males. For the weight, male Golden Retriever Husky mix puppies are likely to weigh more than the females. The weight of the males ranges from 55 pounds to 70 pounds, while females weigh 40 pounds to 55 pounds.
Due to the double-coat feature of both parent breeds, this mixed puppy has a predictable double coat too. They usually have a medium-length coat. Unlike Huskies, the Husky Golden Retriever mix puppies have a low tendency of shedding. The colors of their coat can be a combination of white, black, golden, blond, and different shades of brown.
For the facial features of Golden Retriever Husky puppies, they can exhibit either of the parent breed’s facial appearance. They could take after its Husky parent, and have a wolf-like appearance and pointy ears. On the other hand, they may resemble the Golden Retriever’s face more and have a long snout and floppy ears. Their eyes may be both brown, blue, or a combination of the two colors.
Golden Retriever Husky puppies can tolerate the cold weather more than the hot weather. Knowing this disposition, you can determine if your home will be conducive to their growth and comfort. Due to the cross-breeding, this mixed breed is more tolerant to heat compared to Siberian Husky pups.
A pup’s temperament may vary immensely due to various environmental and genetic factors. Most of the breeders and rescue centers today conduct temperament testing in dogs. As a future owner, you must know that this testing comprises these items during evaluation.
- Prey Drive
- Level of aggression
Husky Golden Retrievers are inclined to enjoy their alone time. They are not prone to having separation anxiety. However, it is not recommended to leave them alone for too long. You could find them trying to escape the house. Because of their nature, it is advisable to have this pet when you have a large backyard.
This mixed puppy is known to be friendly and gentle to the family members. They usually get along with all the members and are affectionate to children too. They can be fans of cuddling.
Golden Retriever Crossed with Husky puppies can be excellent watchdogs. With proper training and sufficient bonding with their owners, they are obedient and alert to suspicious people. They are quite protective of the family members when there is a threatening situation.
Husky Mixed with Golden Retriever pups tends to have independent thinking. This trait comes from their Husky origin. At times, they may come off as obnoxious and act on their volition. They may be disobedient to your commands. When dealing with this behavior, it is crucial to remember that you need patience in caring for them.
This mixed breed dog has a strong prey drive. They tend to chase smaller creatures. Be sure to keep an eye on other small animals such as cats and squirrels.
Husky Golden Retriever Mix Puppies For Sale
These are three ways you can own this mixed puppy.
- Backyard Breeders
- Pet Stores
- Rescue Shelters
- Professional Breeders
If you will spend money, I highly advise buying from professional breeders among these options. These people take good care of the dogs and prevent inbreeding to guarantee minimal health problems. Reliable breeders can provide you with results of genetic testing for the parent dogs and offspring, as well as records of vaccination and other pertinent documents. They also provide health clearances for the parent dogs.
The monetary value of the Husky mixed with Golden Retriever usually amounts to $250 to $1,500. The coat color and type, size of the pup, the location of the breeder, and the breeder’s reliability affect the price of selling these puppies.
However, before buying from professional breeders, you can also consider visiting your local shelters to check if there is an available Golden Retriever Husky puppy and if you can adopt it. There are also rescue-centers that are breed-specific and non-profit.
Grooming Your Golden Retriever Crossed with Husky
The most noticeable trait when it comes to the Golden Retriever crossed with Husky puppies is their bountiful coat. However, it is remarkable that the mixed breed of Golden Retriever and Husky do not shed much, and it is considered part of the low shedders.
Aside from the aesthetic purpose of grooming, there are a lot more reasons to accomplish this activity.
- Developing a more intimate relationship
- Maintaining the cleanliness and physical health
- Bringing out the natural oil on the coat
- Avoid issues like bug infestations
- Checking anomalies and possible health problems
Here is a list of the tools and equipment you will need for grooming this pup:
- Slicker Brush
- Thinning Shears
- Cotton Ball
- Nail Clipper
A regular grooming routine is essential in keeping the shiny and healthy coat of your Husky Golden Retriever Mix puppy. A fundamental step in the grooming routine is regular brushing using a slicker brush. Other steps include giving a bath, trimming the nails, and cleaning its ears.
The use of a slicker brush over a pin brush is advisable due to its purpose of untangling mats or knots in the fur. Also, it helps in removing debris and loose hair. It can run through the thick layers of the double coat and facilitate effective grooming. Another advantage of this brush is its massaging quality since it has long pins. Massaging the skin of your pup will stimulate the production of essential oils for moisturizing the coat. Also, this will increase the blood circulation and promote health for the dog.
To kick-start the grooming process, you will brush the dog’s coat from head to toe. When using the slicker brush, you should take extra care to prevent scratches on the dog’s fur and skin. This activity should be done at least once a week to decrease the amount of shedding and avoid matting of fur. In brushing the whole coat, you need to brush places of matting and thicker fur more diligently. If your dog has a collar, remove it when brushing the coat, and do not leave out the neck area unkempt. Cutting matted fur should only be done when you cannot brush out the mat.
The next step is bathing your pup, especially when it is smelly and dirty. Some people proceed to trim the coat of the puppy before bathing it. It is your discretion if you will follow the steps to the dot. After lathering with shampoo and then rinsing the coat, you can opt to blow-dry the coat. The frequency of bathing will also depend on your decision, based on the smell and sanitary condition of the Golden Retriever Crossed with Husky puppy.
After the bath, you will proceed to brush the coat again. Then, you will initiate the trimming process. In trimming, you should avoid trimming the entire coat. The double coat of your puppy functions as an insulation against the fluctuating weather. It also traps warm air on a cold day and cool air on a hot day. Usually, groomers use clippers for this process. However, you may opt to use thinning shears for cutting parts of the coat.
You will trim the fur on the Husky Golden Retriever Mix puppy’s legs and feet. You need to trim the fuzzy hair growth around the edges cleanly. The fur around the feet should be around 1/2 long at most. You will trim the fur between the toes next. For cracked dog pads, you can apply Vaseline as a regimen.
In trimming the legs, you will cut the unkempt fur to achieve symmetry and balance. The fur on the front of the legs is shorter than that on the back. The hair on the back of the legs should flare out slightly behind the dog.
Similar with the legs, trimming the chest and neck should aim to remove the unkempt fur. It should be noted that you will move the thinning shears with the direction of hair growth. After the neck and chest areas, you will trim the fur around the ears. This step will help fend off parasites.
Lastly, you will trim the tail. For this step, you will trim the length by tapering the tail, starting from the base to the tip.
Part of the grooming process is checking for wax buildup in the ears and signs of an ear infection. You can clean their ears with a cotton ball and a dog-specific ear solution. You should never use a cotton swab for their ears.
Another grooming step is wiping the dog’s eyes. You can also use a cotton ball with mineral oil or microfiber cloth with mineral oil to remove debris from the eyes. In this step, you need to be careful not to wipe directly in your puppy’s eyes.
You will also cut the dog’s toenails. The frequency of this activity depends on the rate of its toenail growth. Long names may break, and cause irregular gait and infection.
If you do not have this much time in your hands, you should schedule appointments with trustworthy groomers around your neighborhood. It is crucial to maintain the pup’s appearance and detect possible visual and internal deformities.
Husky Mixed with Golden Retriever Puppies Health Problems
Most of the Husky mixed with Golden Retriever dogs are free of fatal and congenital diseases, primarily because of their enlarged gene pool. Their average life span is 10 to 13 years.
One condition you need to prevent is heat stroke. Since this breed has a dense and double coat, they do not tolerate heat as much as they tolerate cold weather. You should protect your puppy from overexposure to the sun and keep it well hydrated.
Even if there is a reduced risk for the usual health conditions from the parent breeds, it is important to know the possible diseases your puppy may acquire, especially when it gets older. One these health problems is a cataract, an opacity of the eye lens. When your dog acquires this disease, its eyes will appear cloudy.
One of the possible health problems is hip or elbow dysplasia. This is an inheritable disease wherein the thighbone does not attach properly with the hip joint. Elbow dysplasia involves joint laxity due to different growth rates of the bones of the elbow.
Vaccinations are weapons against fatal diseases. There is a generally accepted guideline of puppy vaccination. Some of the recommended vaccinations are measles, rabies, and DHPP which is the combination of vaccines for distemper, adenovirus, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus. The average total cost will be around $75 to $100.
By consulting a veterinarian frequently for check-ups, you can have a better grasp of your pup’s health and a sense of peace. By knowing the possible serious health issues of this mixed pup, you can be more watchful when your pup manifests some warning signs related to these possible conditions.
Golden Retriever Mixed with Husky Food Requirements
The following factors determine the amount of food you will give to your Golden Retriever mixed with Husky puppy:
- Level of activity
The kind of food recommended for this mixed breed is dry food. Dry food helps maintain the cleanliness and strength of the puppy’s teeth and gums. Commonly, medium to large dogs is given three to four cups of nutritious dog food, divided into two meals. You should avoid giving high carbohydrate food to your pup and include more protein-containing food, at least 25% of the meal, like chicken, fish, beef, and others.
The appetite of the parent breeds is quite contradictory. Huskies are known as ‘easy feeders’ that require a relatively small amount of food compared to its body size and level of activity. Meanwhile, Golden Retrievers have a big appetite and are at risk for obesity.
If you are unsure about the dog’s diet or if you see signs of malnutrition, it is best to consult with a breeder or a veterinarian.
Husky Crossed with Golden Retriever Exercise Requirements
Husky Crossed with Golden Retriever puppies are high-energy dogs which need about 1 hour of exercise per day. This classification means that you should provide them with lots of mental and physical stimulation. The duration of physical activity would be enough to maintain its weight and protect them from lifestyle diseases.
I recommend walking, running, playing with Frisbee or tennis ball for your Golden Retriever Crossed with Husky puppy.
If the Golden Retriever Husky mix puppy does not get enough physical and mental stimulation, it may exhibit behavioral problems. These problems include inappropriate barking, chewing, and causing property destruction.
Golden Retriever Husky Puppy Training
Training your Golden Retriever Husky puppy should start when it is young. This breed is intelligent and fast learners. However, their independent side may antagonize your directions if training started late.
An effective way to facilitate the training is by initially having short training sessions. While training, you should notice your pet’s interest. You should also use a combination of different dog toys and dog treats to help keep the dog’s focus.
To avoid possible destructive behavior that can be traced to their Husky origin, you should employ obedience training and leash training. You need to assert yourself as the leader by having consistency and clarity. A reliable way to do this task is making the puppy wait for its food. This act will establish your role as the provider and keeper of all the resources, such as the treats, food, toys, and other assets.
During training, it is possible to encounter mischief and fluctuations in concentration. A way to prevent this situation is keeping the sessions short. Doing this technique, you will have the pup’s undivided attention for a certain amount of time.
Husky Golden Retriever Mix Puppies And Families
Husky Golden Retriever mix puppies tend to be playful and can tolerate children. However, you should be cautious and never leave your child and the dog alone. There is an incident when the child pulls at the dog’s tail and ear. This action could aggravate and provoke the pet. Aside from the appropriate training for the dog, you should teach your child to avoid disturbing or playing with the pup when it is eating or sleeping.
Golden Retriever mixed with Husky pups are affectionate to families. They have an innate loyal character, and they enjoy being around people. This trait is probably attributable to its Golden Retriever parent.
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