by Mel Dawn
Your Breed Choice Based On Appearance
These two dogs breeds have a distinct appearance from each other. The golden retriever has a distinctive golden appearance, while the Siberian husky is black and white. The golden retrievers are slightly larger dogs. They have long floppy ears while the husky has upward pointed ears like a cat. Some husky breeds do have slightly floppy ears. Golden retrievers are named for their colour, while the Siberian Husky is bred in multiple colours. Huskies can have blue eyes or multi-colored eyes. Golden retrieves have brown eyes. Those both have long snouts and pink tongues.
The Siberian Husky has several different variations of colours. These can be from agouti (multi-colored strands) to black, black and white, all-white, grey and white, red and white, brown and white, black with tan and white, and variations thereof.
The Siberian husky grows to about 20 inches to 24 inches tall, while the Golden Retriever grows from 21.5 inches to 24 inches in height. The Siberian Husky dog’s average weight ranges from 35 to 60 pounds, while the Golden Retriever dog ranges from 55 to 75 pounds.
Longevity Considerations in Dogs
The Siberian Husky dog can live up to 12 years old and sometimes 14 years old. The Golden Retriever dog has a slight disadvantage, as their average age is 10 years old to 12 years old.
Energy Levels in Huskys and Retrievers
You may want to base your choice on the dog’s energy levels. For instance, if you have a teenager that needs to work off their energy, a good dog walk three times a day will help. But if you’re a senior, then you may want an average level of energy in your new dog adoption. The Siberian Husky has extremely high energy levels, while the golden retriever has average energy levels.
Need a Good Watchdog?
If you’re seeking a companion and a watchdog, then the Golden Retriever dog will keep an eye on things while your family sleeps at night, but don’t expect too much. Likewise, the Siberian Husky dog has low watch dog instincts. You may want to opt for a smaller dog breed if you are getting one for security of your home. Or, just buy an alarm system instead.
Ability to Train These Dog Breeds
All dogs need some form of training so that they can live happily and peacefully with their families. The Golden Retriever dog is easily trained and eager to please. You may be able to do the training yourself, rather than going to the expense of hiring a trainer, or taking them to doggy school. The Siberian Husky dog is harder to train, as they are independent. There may be more challenges in getting these dogs to obey and do your commands.
Dog Breed and Tendency to Bark a Lot
If you’re surrounded by neighbors, and you need to leave your dog alone while the family is at work or school, then you need a quiet dog. The Golden Retriever is low on the tendency to bark scale. In contrast, the Siberian Husky loves to bark, a lot, and often.
The Qualifying Factors in Your Decision
Perhaps the main distinction between these two wonderful dog breeds are their appearance. They can’t be mistaken for each other, as they have distinctive characteristics. Their size is similar, but slightly different in width. Their ears are different. You can certainly base your decision on appearance, if you love one type of dog. The Siberian Husky may come out ahead in this game, because they are fluffy and cute!
But there are also other considerations. Temperament and tendency to bark, reasonable energy levels and ability to train are big factors, particularly if you live in a small housing development, or have young children or other pets. You want an easily trainable dog who doesn’t bark a lot, and will be gentle if the children get a bit crazy. For this reason, the Golden Retriever comes out ahead.
As for longevity, there are no guarantees. Dogs can get health conditions just like we do. They can suffer from accidents and injuries, and aging issues. The two-year difference can offer no guarantees, so it’s hard to choose a breed based on this consideration.
If you’re basing your decision on their watchdog abilities, then again, a smaller dog breed may be right for you. But both types of dogs will alert you to someone at the door, or in the yard. And that might be all you’re seeking in a canine alarm system.
The Final Verdict
If it were up to us, we’d adopt a Golden Retriever dog! Not only are they attractive to look at, they’re smart, loyal, and friendly. They will be easy to train, and eager to please. They have a good longevity, and will make the perfect friends with your entire family!
Now that you understand the similarities and the differences between the Siberian husky and the golden retriever dog, you can make your decision. Even learning all this information may not really help your choice. You’re going to have to go with your instinct and your heart. Go ahead and meet those puppies, or visit your local animal rescue center. Chances are that one of the dogs will stand out to you, based more on personality and temperament. Or even better, one of the many dogs will choose you! Now you have your choice made and you can live a long and happy life with your warm new companion!
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