Golden Retriever Husky Mix – Discover An Increasingly Popular Dog
The golden retriever breed originated from the ancient Roman Empire. These dogs were used for hunting wild boar and other game animals. They are known to have been bred in England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558–1603). The English name “Husky” comes from the fact that they had their origins in Scotland, where there was a tradition of using them as sled dogs. During the American Revolution, many of these dogs served in the British Army.
During World War II, when the United States entered into war with Germany, the U.S. government needed some new working dogs to use in its military effort against Nazi Germany. Many of these dogs were sent overseas to work with Allied forces fighting against Japan and Italy. Some of those dogs went back home after the war ended; others remained in service until being retired or killed off due to age or disease.
In the 1950’s, when the golden retriever breed began to become popular again, it became necessary to create a new generation of working dogs. Therefore, several of these old working dogs were brought over to America to be trained as working dogs. One such dog was named Spot. She was born in Australia and came here with her owner who worked at Fort Sill in Oklahoma Territory. After the war she lived in Florida before coming back to Kansas City where she died in 1974.
In her prime, she served in the United States Army as a messenger dog during World War I and World War II.
In the late 1980’s, the U.S. Army sent out a request to various kennels to find some working dogs for use in the Persian Gulf War. Most of these dogs were German Shepherds or Belgian Malinois, but one kennel sent some golden retrievers. These dogs helped maintain communications between different outposts and also served to detect the presence of explosives or drugs.
One such dog was a golden retriever named Bretagne. She was one of the dogs sent to the Gulf War, and after her tour of duty she retired in honor to live with her trainer, Sergeant Dale Malarkey.
The U.S. Army still uses these dogs today to patrol the streets and combat zones of Iraq and Afghanistan.
These dogs are known by several different names. Some people refer to them as “Goberians” because they are a mix of a golden retriever and a Siberian husky. Other names for this type of dog are “Golden Huskies”, “GH’s” or just simply “Goldens”. They are very special dogs with wonderful personalities. Many of these dogs have become celebrities in their own rights, such as Aimee Johnson’s dog, Jake, who was prominently featured on the NBC reality show called “Famous Dogs”.
Jake is a purebred golden retriever.
While most of these dogs have been and are still currently used as service and working dogs, there has been an increase in the number of pet owners acquiring these dogs. They make wonderful pets for families with children or for retired persons.
As with any hybrid, one cannot be sure of what the exact characteristics of the offspring will be, but some generalizations can be made. Most goldens have a life span of 10 to 11 years. They are very eager to please their owners and make excellent obedience dogs due to their intelligence and eagerness to learn. They are generally quiet and placid in the house, but can be active when outside. Their coats are dense, water repellent and close-lying and require occasional grooming.
The average weight of a golden is between 50 to 65 pounds, with a height ranging from 20 to 23 inches at the shoulder. They are very loving and loyal dogs that get along well with children and other pets. They were bred to retrieve game so they love to play “fetch” or other games involving a ball or other object. They can be trained easily if one is patient and consistent with them. They enjoy being active and love going for jogs or long walks.
Most of these dogs are active indoors as well as out, although they do enjoy relaxing in a comfy lap or couch now and then. Many owners describe their goldens as “children in fur coats”. While they can excel in competitions such as agility, obedience or hunting, they also make great family pets.
While some breeders are able to track the lineage of their dogs to ensure good health and good natures, others cannot. As with any dog, buyers should be sure to check as much of the lineage as possible so as to avoid problems.
The average litter size is usually between four and eight puppies. Some goldens can have larger litters, but the breed itself does not have fertility problems. Puppies from breeders are more expensive than those from casual breeders or pet stores, but the health benefits far outweigh the additional cost.
Because of their short coat, these dogs do not shed excessively like many other breeds. They do require periodic grooming, however, to brush out dead hair and keep their coats healthy and free of mats.
They should also go for regular check-ups and shots to a good veterinarian that specializes in this breed. Buyers should ask the breeder for this recommendation as well as what health problems affect this breed.
The average price range for a goldendoodle puppy is between $600 and $1500, although top-notch bred puppies can go for upwards of $1800. Breeders may also have additional fees such as registration, shipping or additional visits to see the puppy before it is eight weeks old.
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