When do huskies stop growing? How big do they get? Are female huskies larger than males?
This article answers these questions, provides a handy growth chart classified by age and gender, and lists the factors that may impact your husky’s growth.
Keep on reading to learn more!
How Long Do Huskies Grow?
Huskies are medium-sized dogs known for their thick fur coats, striking blue eyes, friendly dispositions, and very energetic and vocal behavior.
Many new dog owners mistakenly believe huskies will grow to be 100 pounds, but they simply mistake them for the Alaskan Malamute—a larger but related dog breed.
So, when are huskies truly full-grown? Well, they reach their full height at 12 to 18 months old but may continue to fill out and gain weight until they are two to three years old.
Let’s take a quick look at the various husky growth stages so you know what to expect.
1. Puppyhood: Birth to 6 Months
During the first couple of weeks, husky puppies will mostly sleep and eat so their bodies can grow and develop properly. But just as they are about to reach a full month, they should start being more active and interacting with their littermates.
From this point onwards, your husky puppy will start teething and chewing on anything around it, and by the time it reaches two months, it will be ready for a new home.
Your husky’s adventurous spirit will have developed fully by the time it reaches six months of age, and it will have learned how to interact with people and other animals.
2. Juvenile Period: 6 Months to 1 Year
This is the period when huskies grow the most—both physically and mentally—and just after 12 months, they should reach their full height (between 20 and 24 inches).
They also double their weight and start shedding their fluffy puppy coat at about 10 months of age to replace it with thicker and longer adult fur by 14 months. Remember: never shave a husky since its coat will regrow patchy, which it sheds twice a year anyway.
During this period, huskies develop their adult personalities and grow into their wolf-life appearance. Training and socialization are also essential as your husky might turn out to be an isolated and willful pup, thus needing help to become a well-rounded companion.
3. Adulthood: 1 Year and Beyond
After the one-year mark, huskies should be entering their ‘teenage years’, during which they typically stop growing, but they may still be boisterous and unruly. The good news is: you still have time to correct any behavioral issues they may be exhibiting.
At this point, you should also adjust your husky’s feeding habits: it will require larger but fewer meals. meaning it may get bulkier but won’t typically grow taller.
Bear in mind that huskies need a lot of exercise since they were bred as working dogs, so unless you provide them with the proper outlet, they might become unruly at home.
Note: According to the American Kennel Club, you can expect your husky to live up to 14 years, so you can expect to enjoy your doggo’s company for quite some time.
Husky Weight and Height Chart by Age and Gender
Male huskies tend to be the larger and bulkier out of the two genders—a difference that is obvious when looking at the following husky weight/height chart by age and gender.
Male Husky Weight & Height Chart
|2–4 months||10–25 lbs||10–12 in|
|4–6 months||25–40 lbs||12–15 in|
|6–8 months||40–50 lbs||15–19 in|
|8–10 months||50–55 lbs||19–22 in|
|10–12 months||55–60 lbs||22–24 in|
|+1 year||+60 lbs||24 in|
Female Husky Weight & Height Chart
|2–4 months||10–25 lbs||10–12 in|
|4–6 months||25–38 lbs||12–14 in|
|6–8 months||38–46 lbs||14–16 in|
|8–10 months||46–50 lbs||16–18 in|
|10–12 months||50–55 lbs||18–20 in|
|+1 year||+55 lbs||20–22 in|
Male huskies weigh about 10–15% more than female ones of the same age. So if a 12-month-old male weighs about 55–60 lbs, its female counterpart will only weigh 50–55 lbs. The height difference is less obvious, with males about two inches taller on average.
Testosterone is the deciding factor for these size differences as it helps males build muscle mass and have a more prominent and bulkier appearance that they develop sooner.
However, there is still a lot of variation among individual dogs, so it’s always best to consult your veterinarian for specific advice about your dog’s growth and development.
Factors That Might Impact Your Husky’s Growth
Various factors can play a role in how big your husky gets by the time it’s fully grown:
- Breed—different breeds vary in size: an Alaskan husky is smaller than a Siberian one, which is in turn smaller than the Alaskan Malamute;
- Genetics—expect your husky to grow as tall as its tallest parent;
- Nutrition—insufficient and/or low-quality food affects your husky’s growth;
- Sterilization—spaying or neutering your furry friend may also impact its growth;
- Health—various health issues may lead to stunted growth in dogs, such as hip dysplasia, which can affect how your husky’s bones and joints develop;
- Exercising—infrequent exercise (which is essential for huskies) leads to extra weight, which may ultimately affect your pet’s growth.
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Your husky should reach its full size by 18 months, but some dogs might fill out as early as one year of age or take as long as two years. Just keep an eye on your pup and consult your vet if anything seems amiss. Until then, keep your husky exercised, happy, and full.
Frequently Asked Questions
When do female huskies stop growing?
Similar to male huskies, the female pups stop growing at around 12 months of age.
How fast do huskies grow?
Huskies grow quite quickly in the first six months, after which their progress slows down and settles at around one year of age.
When do huskies stop growing?
Huskies reach their full adult height at most 18 months after birth, but they may continue to fill out and get heavier even after that.