For dog parents all over, we know how important it is to cherish those first few months of puppyhood. Soon, your little buddy will have seemingly sprouted overnight into a troublemaking teenager. Huskies grow fast, and so do their energy and physical needs.
Week by week, you will begin to see your Husky rapidly grow in height and weight. You might be wondering if the rate your dog is growing is normal – likely it is. It’s just much faster than you might have hoped for or expected!
Keep reading to learn more about the growth and development of the Siberian Husky and how to prepare for each and every change.
How Big Will My Husky Get?
Huskies are described as medium-sized dogs that are muscular, agile, and famous for how vocal they are. They are active dogs and, because of this, are good at maintaining a healthy weight without much assistance from their humans. Huskies don’t require as much food as one might think, considering their activity levels. Their natural instinct is to eat lightly in order to be faster and more efficient.
Depending on how your dog eats, exercises, and is cared for, they might fluctuate in weight and muscle mass. Some dogs will be bigger than others, and that’s something you might be able to tell from their parents. In general, your Husky will be medium in size with the appearance of a bigger dog.
Weight of a Husky
A fully grown adult male Husky can weigh up to 65 pounds, with more weighing between 50 to 60 pounds. The adult male’s body mass is bigger than females, making them slightly larger and heavier.
Females are also medium in size but typically weigh between 45 to 55 pounds. They might appear to have smaller frames than males, but it can vary between each dog.
Height of Husky
Huskies are average in their height and will likely come up to your thigh when standing on all four feet. Their dense fur can make them appear larger than their actual frame, but in general, they don’t grow taller than two feet.
Factors That Impact a Husky’s Size
While each Husky you come across is going to vary from the next, certain factors will play into their size. As a Husky grows older, you might be surprised at how big they are getting. You might think you’re taking home the runt of the group but end up with a hefty 65-pound Husky.
Huskies do eventually stop growing, but the range can vary. You might think they’re done and wake up to find out they don’t fit comfortably in their crate anymore.
The factors below factors can be solid indicators of how big your Husky pup will grow to be:
The first thing to do when checking out puppies of any breed is to take a look at their paws. Compare their paws to others in their litter and see where they stand. Are your puppy’s paws twice the size of some of their siblings? If so, you can expect a big dog!
The bigger a puppy’s paws, the more likely that dog is to be bigger as an adult. Dogs grow into their paws more so than their paws grow with them. Puppies with big paws tend to be stronger and more sturdy dogs as they age and grow into their bodies.
Huskies have rounded, compact paws (similar to the Alaskan Malamute). Note that when investigating your Husky’s paws, you’ll likely spot webbing between the toes.
This webbing helps Huskies and other snow pups navigate icy terrain by increasing the surface area. Still, the webbing is less than that of strong swimming breeds like the Newfoundland and the Portuguese Water Dog.
By simply understanding your dog’s growth timeline, you can have a better understanding of where your dog should be in size.
Huskies usually take 1.5 years to reach their adult height but can fill out their bodies for up to another 1.5 years. If your puppy is below 1.5 years, they are likely still growing, and you can expect to see changes.
After a year and a half has gone by, your dog might still be gaining weight to fill out their height, but they are almost at their final size. Of course, as dogs mature, they could encounter changes in lifestyle that would fluctuate their weight from time to time.
If you want to get a good indicator of how big your dog might be, ask to meet or see pictures of the mother and father. Puppies born to that litter will likely be around the same size as their father or mother, depending on if they are male or female.
For instance, if you have a male Husky puppy, they might be similar in size to their father, while female Husky puppies will be closer in size to their mother.
When Do Huskies Stop Growing?
It usually takes between 1.5 to three years for your Husky to reach their full grown size. All Huskies are one-of-a-kind and will follow their unique growth and development path, but be prepared for yours to surprise you. Overnight it can feel like your Husky has doubled in size, with their puppy behaviors and looks quickly turning into that of a young adult dog.
When you first get your Husky pup around the two-month mark, you will be smitten with their adorable, cuddly, teddy bear energy. They are sure to be spunky from the beginning, but their clumsiness and fluffiness will captivate you. At this point, your dog might weigh anywhere between ten to 30 pounds, usually only being up to a foot tall.
By the six-month mark, you will have noticed rapid growth. Your Husky is still a puppy, but they have become more into their own personality, keeping you on your toes. At this point, female Huskies will be closing in on 40 pounds, with males jumping to between 40 to 50 pounds.
These puppies will need much more regular exercise than they did just four months ago, as they will sleep less, have more energy, and have bones/joints that can support more vigorous exercise. Training, walks, and mental stimulation will become key in maintaining your pup’s growing needs.
In one year, your Husky will be in their teenage stage. They might become more mischievous, causing a ruckus more often than not. They will be bursting with energy which will mean more walks on your end. Like other high-energy breeds (for example, German Shepherds and Border Collies), Huskies can become destructive and disruptive when bored.
Along with this energy is a burst in size, making them more than halfway done with their growth and development. At this point, both males and females will be about as tall as they are going to get, and will fill out even more as time goes on.
By 1.5 years, your Husky is done growing in height. They will be as tall as they’re going to be, with only a bit more weight to put on. Some Huskies will be completely grown at this point, but that is typically the case for females. Males can still put on a few more pounds at this point.
Two to Three Years
When your Husky reaches the age of two, the next year is for finishing out their development stage. They will grow or weigh as much as they ever will at this point in their life. While fluctuations in weight are possible, what your Husky weighs at this age is an average of what your Husky should look like for the rest of their life.
During this stage, you’ll see your Husky as more of a dog than a puppy. Their adorable puppy fur will be long gone, and their adult features will be more apparent.
Lucky for you, their puppy-like behavior never seems to go away. They still maintain their goofy and playful spirit.
Husky Growth Chart
Female Husky Growth Chart:
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Male Husky Growth Chart:
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What Should I Consider Overweight?
Your dog might fluctuate in their weight, and this could be dependent on a lot of factors. How much they exercise, their nutrition, and how much they eat, as well as the environment they are in can alter their size.
In a healthy Husky, you should be able to feel their ribs when you touch the sides of their bodies, and their waist should be definable. Of course, some Huskies may weigh more than the average Husky and still be perfectly healthy and happy. Consider reaching out to your pet’s veterinarian if you are concerned with the health or weight of your dog.
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