Golden Retrievers vs. Huskies

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Here is the third article in what I call my “versus” series. Basically, after doing some research, I find out what breeds the public wants to learn more about and be compared to the Golden Retriever. So, if you have any breeds you would like to see here, just leave me the breed in the comments. Here come the huskies. But before that, we have to do our standard Golden Retriever recap. In case you forgot what we were comparing.

Golden Retrievers

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The breed is known to be friendly and their tolerant attitude makes the Golden Retriever a wonderful family pet. Golden Retrievers excel at retrieving game for hunters (hence the name), tracking, sniffing out drugs, and as therapy and assistance dogs. They’re also natural athletes and do well in dog sports such as agility and competitive obedience. So, if you want a hunting or show dog, you should definitely look into the Golden Retriever.

As mentioned before, Golden Retrievers make amazing family pets. But please remember that this is a large breed dog. Golden Retrievers need lots of room to run around and get exercise. This breed does not adapt well to apartment living. If you are a new pet owner, this breed is pretty okay when it comes to temperament. However, their size may be a challenge to some newer dog owners.

This beautiful breed is also known for being highly sensitive. The sensitivity also plays a part in the fact that Golden Retrievers do not like to be left alone. So, if you travel often and do not plan to take your pup with you, this may not be the breed for you.

Golden Retrievers are beautiful dogs. A lot of them have long, beautiful coats. Which means they shed. A lot. The long hair also makes them much harder to groom and they have the potential for a lot of weight gain. That’s why it is important for them to get a lot of exercise. Of course, they also have a high energy level. Golden Retrievers also have a high risk of cancer.

 Huskies

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The Siberian Husky is a beautiful dog breed with a thick coat that comes in a multitude of colors and markings. Their blue or multi-colored eyes and striking facial masks only add to the appeal of this breed, which originated in Siberia. It is easy to see why many are drawn to the Siberian’s wolf-like looks, but be aware that this athletic, intelligent dog can be independent and challenging for first-time dog owners. Huskies also need a fenced yard that is sunk in the ground to prevent escapes.

If you are a first-time dog owner, I wouldn’t suggest starting with a Husky. Apparently, Golden Retrievers are a much easier starter dog. Huskies adapt slightly better with apartment living than Golden Retrievers. But I still wouldn’t recommend a husky in an apartment. Huskies are also slightly less sensitive than Golden Retrievers, but they still hate being left alone.

As for overall friendliness, they rank the same as Golden Retrievers. And that is for kids, other pets, and strangers. The Husky sheds less and is easier to groom, but they do tend to drool more. Their general health also ranks much higher than the Golden Retriever.

Huskies are much harder to train, are less intelligent, and can have an attitude with their owners. Which is probably why they don’t make a good starter dog. But Golden Retrievers and Huskies do have similar energy levels.

Do you have a Husky or a Golden Retriever? Tell us about them in the comments below.