Siberian huskies aren’t really all that big. In fact, they’re classed as mid-sized dogs. If you’re raising a husky puppy for the first time, you’ll enjoy watching your pup grow.
Our husky growth chart will help you to follow its progress – but just when do huskies stop growing?
Like human children, puppies are inclined to “stretch” first and then fill out. So the question of growth depends on whether we’re looking at height or weight.
When Do Huskies Stop Growing
Siberian huskies reach their full height at about 12 months old, but they still have some weight to gain before they have reached their adult bulk.
By the age of 15 months, your husky has bulked out to fill its frame, but muscle development continues, and some dogs will still be gaining healthy bulk up to the age of about 36 months.
Females don’t get as bulky as males and usually have reached full adult weight at 2 years. How long do huskies grow? As you can see, there are different ways to look at the question. But if we are talking about height rather than weight, 12 months is a fair answer to give.
Husky Weight Chart
|Male Weight Range||Female Weight Range|
|Age||Male Husky||Female Husky|
|2 Months||10 - 15 lbs / 4.5 - 6.8 kg||8 - 12 lbs / 3.5 - 5.5 kg|
|3 Months||23 - 30 lbs / 10 - 14 kg||18 - 30 lbs / 10 - 14 kg|
|6 Months||33 - 43 lbs / 15 - 19 kg||26 - 36 lbs / 12 - 17 kg|
|9 Months||40 - 53 lbs / 17 - 24 kg||33 - 46 lbs / 14 - 21 kg|
|12 Months||43 - 57 lbs / 19 - 26 kg||34 - 49 lbs / 15 - 22 kg|
|15 Months||45 - 60 lbs / 20 - 27 kg||35 - 50 lbs / 16 - 23 kg|
There are tons of reasons why you should be interested in your Siberian husky puppy’s weight. As a good pet parent, you’ll be wondering if you’re getting feeding right – you won’t want your pup to be over or underweight.You also need to know the weight of your pup for certain pet care products and medications.
While weighing pups can be tricky if you don’t have a specialized scale, you can make an educated guess using our Husky growth chart above.
And, if you’ve mastered the art of standing on your bathroom scale with the pup in your arms, getting your combined weight before subtracting yours, you can be fairly precise and use the chart to make sure that development is progressing as it should.
Female Huskies are smaller and daintier than males, so do be sure to use the Siberian Husky growth chart accordingly.
The puppy’s age in months is listed in the left-hand column and the normal weight range for male and female puppies is shown in the columns to the right of that. Simply match age to weight and gender, and you have the answers you’re looking for.
Weight is more important than height, but if you want the height estimate too, you can easily get it by doing what dog owners love best: petting your pup. When he is in a standing position, rub his shoulders (he’ll love it) and compare that to your body dimensions.
For example, if you know that your pup is now knee-high, it will be easy to measure the height of your knees from the ground.
Remember to check your puppy’s height at the shoulder and not the head. This is the measurement that is generally used when we talk about height in animals.
Stages Of Husky Development
Pups grow fast, so they pass through their developmental stages quite quickly. In general, we can follow their development through the phases listed below.
Birth – 2 Weeks
During the time immediately following birth, all puppies, including Siberian huskies, can neither see or hear. Their eyes are tightly closed, and even their internal organs are still developing.
Mommy dog’s milk is vital to ensure that the puppies develop properly, and they are not ready for any other form of nutrition.
As you’d expect from such tiny puppies, they are not yet ready to play around and be active. They’ll squirm about feeling for Mom, but they are not yet able to interact with you or their littermates. From about two weeks to four weeks, their eyes will begin to open to the wide world.
3 Weeks – 8 Weeks
The cuteness factor starts to enter the equation as the puppies’ eyes begin to open and they take their first clumsy steps.
The doggie mom will take good care of her pups now, but do endure that they can’t wander off into the great outdoors when she isn’t being vigilant.
Your pups will begin making their first sounds too, and their hearing will be developing well. But they are still babies in every way and are by no means ready for any solid food. Once again, the doggie mom is the nutritionist who ensures her pups get everything they need.
If your nurturing instincts are getting stimulated by all this cuteness, direct them towards Mommy dog. She will need good food and good health in order to provide her puppies with everything they need.
8 Weeks – 20 Weeks
From about 8 weeks, your Siberian Husky puppies will be getting very lively and adventurous. Your role during this vital timeframe will be of paramount importance if you want your pup to develop healthy habits when socializing with people and other animals.
While your supervision (and love) will be important, don’t be overprotective. That can lead to panic biting when the dog is fully grown. Only intervene in interactions with other animals if it is absolutely necessary.
Siberian Huskies should have robust, fearless personalities, and being overprotective can lead to the pup never overcoming irrational fears and responding inappropriately in stressful situations.
Your pup will also have begun the weaning process, but should still be allowed to drink from Mommy Husky. Use our Husky puppy weight chart as an indicator to judge whether this is going smoothly.
Although some people say that puppies can be homed at 6 weeks, it is too young. 8 weeks is the absolute minimum age for adoption, and if the pups can stay with their mom for a few more weeks, it will be even better.
3 Months – 6 Months
Once pups arrive in their “forever homes,” and in the growth phase that lasts till about 6 months of age, socialization becomes even more critical. Do invite other people to your home to meet your pup, and take it for puppy playtime with other dogs.
Contact with other types of animals will be important too. Siberian Huskies have a very strong hunting instinct. You probably won’t train it out of them completely, but helping them to experience new people and other animals will help to avert at least some of the possibly unpleasant incidents that would otherwise arise.
During this phase, you will also begin obedience training. It is an essential, not only for your family’s convenience and comfort, but also for your dog’s safety.
6 Months – 12 Months
Although you may be considering spaying or neutering (unless you want to breed your dogs) at 6 months of age, your Siberian Husky pup is by no means an adult yet. He or she is still growing and learning, and you can expect your boundaries to be tested.
However, although you shouldn’t tolerate bad behaviors, remember that your Husky is still just a puppy. It will need lots of play and stimulation – bored, lonely pups will often resort to naughtiness to get attention or just a bit of entertainment.
Dog-walking will be an important part of your routine, and ideally, this should occur more than once a day and include a brisk trot. Times of the day will also be helpful in developing your Husky’s personality and ability to be a good companion.
From the age of 12 months to three years, your Husky pup is the equivalent of a human teenager. There’s still much of the puppy boisterousness to contend with, and there’s still time to work on any behavioral issues that may have cropped up.
If you played your cards right from the start, you will have a beautiful adult dog who fits in well with the rest of your family, and who will welcome your friends when they come to visit.
However, do remember that huskies were originally bred to be working dogs, and as such, they need a lot of exercise.
Husky Body Type (Male vs Female)
Husky males are bulkier and bigger than their daintier female counterparts. That means that the males will be both taller and heavier.
While male huskies reach a height of 21-24 inches (54–60 cm), females have an average height of 20-22 inches (50-56 cm).
This, in itself, may not sound like a big difference, but the additional weight of the male husky, combined with his bigger stature make for quite a significant difference in overall size. The average weight of a male husky is 44-60 pounds (20-27 kg) while the average for females is 35-51 pounds (16-23 kg).
How Long Are Huskies Pregnant?
The average gestation period (pregnancy) of huskies is 62 days. The pregnancy is short because, in the wild, Mom Husky would be a huntress. By giving birth to puppies that are still developing, she is able to remain more mobile and hunt better.
Since it’s important for a lactating female to be well-nourished, she would ordinarily use this window to hunt quite intensively.
At the same time, the low level of development of the newborns also acts as an advantage, allowing Mom husky the ability to roam during the first weeks after their birth. The tiny pups simply can’t wander off and get lost, at least until they begin to take their first steps.
How Many Puppies Do Huskies Have?
The number of puppies in a litter depends on several factors including the health of the Husky Mom. On average, they will have between four and six puppies per litter, but the number can be larger or smaller. When there are many puppies in a litter, it’s especially important to make sure that the smallest ones are still getting access to their mom.
If you want to know exactly how many pups your husky female is carrying, you will need to take her for a visit to the vet. Since it is a good idea to have the female’s health checked during her pregnancy, this should not be an additional inconvenience.
Is My Husky Fat?
As with other dog breeds, it is fairly easy to see if your husky has a healthy weight. You should be able to feel the ribs beneath the skin when you run your hand along its side – needless to say, ribs shouldn’t actually be protruding!
When viewing your dog’s shape from above, you should see a distinct waist. If you can’t see a waistline, then your dog is not only fat but obese.
Still unsure? Use our Husky weight chart to double-check, or ask your vet for an opinion.
Huskies do need to burn a lot of calories – and that means regular exercise. In addition, some dogs will eat out of sheer boredom, or simply because the food is there, so if your husky is prone to pudginess, weigh out the dog’s food according to the guideline on the packet rather than allowing free feeding.
Is My Husky Underweight?
Owners of young huskies often worry that their dog is underweight. That’s because they tend to be rather lean during the time when they are gaining more height than weight. Remember, they continue to fill out after reaching their maximum height.
Once again, our Siberian Husky weight chart will help you to determine whether your husky is around the right weight for his or her age. However, if you’re worried, do take your pet for a checkup.
A vet will ensure that your dog is in good health and physical condition and can advise you if you are having problems with picky eating.
Although a well-raised Siberian Husky can be a very good pet, this breed was not initially intended to be a typical “family dog.” Certain instincts are still very strong in this breed, and that’s why socializing your puppy is so important, particularly with this breed.
Socialization should begin as soon as your puppy begins to explore the world around him. He must get used to other animals as well as meeting new people.
If he does not have this experience, he may become overprotective and, since that leads to aggressive behavior, the importance of socialization cannot be overstated. Puppy classes and visits from your friends will help a lot!
What Is The Life Expectancy Of Husky?
As a medium-sized breed, the Siberian Husky has a relatively good life expectancy of 12 to 14 or 15 years. Although purebred dogs often have specific genetic weaknesses, huskies were bred to be tough.
Their history as working dogs that were used in very harsh conditions means that only the fittest survived, and this heritage lives on in the breed.
When choosing a husky puppy, do select a reputable breeder and ask about family history. For example, hip dysplasia can be a problem in huskies.
With good care, it is even possible to go beyond the expected maximum lifespan. A healthy lifestyle throughout his younger years, good nutrition, and lots of exercise all contribute. It’s also good to adjust the food you give to your husky as he enters the later phase of his life.
What Is A Husky Temperament and Personality?
Siberian Huskies have the ideal temperament to match their origins. Thus, you can expect them to be full of an adventurous spirit and very alert to their surroundings. They can also be somewhat mischievous and obstinate.
Physical exercise, especially running, is this dog’s favorite thing. Unfortunately, that can lead to roaming habits, so be sure that your yard is properly fenced.
While huskies will mind their manners around pets whom they know to be part of the family, they may chase cats and be aggressive towards other dogs. Since dog-walking is a must for huskies, getting them used to meeting other dogs will spare you a lot of drama!
Huskies are intelligent and highly trainable, and they will thrive on interaction with their owners. However, neglect them at your peril.
A bored husky will find ways to keep himself entertained, and you might not be amused by the results. In short, this is NOT a dog for a pet owner who lacks time and energy for his or her dog.
Husky Genetics And Common Health Problems
Although huskies are generally strong dogs, they do have certain common health issues. As previously mentioned, hip dysplasia is one of them.
Since this problem is genetic, it is important to choose an ethical dog breeder who avoids breeding pups from parents with this particular issue.
Eye problems can be a genetic flaw in huskies. Cataracts can develop in dogs as young as one year old. They are not fatal, but they will affect eyesight and may even lead to total blindness.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy, a condition affecting the retina of the eye can also occur in relatively young dogs, leading to blindness.
Huskies are also known to develop glaucoma. This condition is treatable but not curable. If left untreated, it can lead to blindness.
Finally, the behavioural problems that can arise if a husky doesn’t get enough exercise and interaction can make him or her unmanageable. Sadly, such dogs must often be put to sleep, so don’t even consider getting a husky unless you’re ready to be a very active and energetic pet owner.
How Much Does a Husky Cost?
The cost of a pure-bred Siberian husky with papers is not low. However, an unregistered dog may either not be pure-bred or may come from genetically flawed stock.
The cost of a husky pup also depends on where in the world you may be, but in the US, you can expect to pay between 800 and 1,200 dollars for a puppy.
Do remember that your costs don’t end there. High-quality nutrition, parasite control, and vet visits also form part of the package. A survey found that the average annual cost of keeping a Husky is around 1,200 dollars a year.
What Factors Affect A Husky’s Growth?
Just as one has larger and smaller people, so dogs can be genetically predisposed to have a certain height, weight and build. That’s why we list our puppy weight chart as a range, but in rare cases, particularly large or small dogs will even fall outside that.
Genetic inheritance depends on the specific combination of genes that come from both parents, so it’s possible for a smaller dog to have large parents. However, in general, big huskies will breed pups with a greater chance of being bigger than the norm.
Genetic potential is just what it says. Limiting factors, particularly during puppyhood can prevent a dog from reaching its maximum genetic potential.
Feeding your dog too much won’t make it get bigger than its genes allow, but feeding it too little, or giving it food that doesn’t contain sufficient nutrients, will mean that it will never reach it’s full potential size.
To help your Husky puppy to realize its potential, be sure to choose a high-quality food that’s suitable for its life-stage. Puppies, adults, and seniors all have different nutritional needs.
Physical Activity & Injury
Just as poor nutrition can prevent a puppy from reaching its full potential size, so other forms of physical stress during puppyhood can affect development. As you would expect, illness and injury are among these.
Muscle mass adds to the bulk and weight of a dog, so a lack of physical exercise will also affect its bulk. As we have noted, exercise is extremely important for huskies, and if your dog gets plenty of it, muscle development is a natural consequence.