The Siberian Husky is known for its thick coat that comes in a variety of beautiful colors and markings and its striking blue or multi-colored eyes.
However, if you’re curious about adopting a Husky you might like to know: What is a Husky’s full size? How big do Huskies get?
In this article, I will cover some important information about Huskies, including how big they get and when they are fully grown. So, if you’re considering adopting a Husky, you have a better understanding of whether they’re the right breed for you.
Keep reading to find out more.
What Is a Husky’s Full Size?
If you’re considering adopting a Husky, then it’s important to know what’s a Husky’s full size to determine their exercise requirements, diet, and ultimately whether they are the right fit for you.
Generally speaking, an average male Husky is between 21 and 23.5 inches high while the female averages 20 to 22 inches. The male weighs between 45 and 60 pounds and the female 35 to 50 pounds.
However, it’s important to know that these figures are only averages as it is also possible to find Huskies that are larger or smaller than this, particularly if they are not purebred.
Female Huskies are typically only slightly smaller on average in comparison to male Huskies. While female Huskies are only slightly smaller, they do tend to weigh a lot less on average.
However, while this is typical, it is still possible to have female Huskies that are larger and weigh more than male Huskies.
You will need to bear in mind that some Huskies will be heavier than average due to selective breeding. For instance, some breeders aim to produce larger Huskies for pulling sleds.
When Is A Husky Fully Grown?
If you’re new to owning a Husky puppy, then you might be surprised by how quickly they grow within their first year of life.
Different Huskies can have different characteristics. These differences can include the dog’s full-grown weight at 12 months old or at 12 to 15 months.
Typically speaking, your Husky will keep growing until about 15 to 18 months of age. However, by this stage, their growth is reflected in their body filling out and their fur becoming thicker.
What Size Of Dog Is A Husky Considered To Be?
Huskies are generally considered to be a medium dog breed as opposed to large dog breeds such as the Great Dane. However, like all animals, they can range in size.
Huskies will more than double their weight in around a year. They usually continue to grow, filling out their frame with more muscles, and develop a thicker, dense fur coat than they have when they’re puppies.
By the time they reach around 18 months of age, your Husky should be at their full adult size at height and weight.
Some Huskies continue to build up more muscle strength and density even into the second year of life, but this can depend on a few variables such as their diet and activity levels.
As your Husky puppy continues to grow, the lighter colored undertones of your dog’s coat will begin to darken and become less pronounced from a distance.
How Can You Know If Your Husky Is Overweight?
Due to their thick fur, especially during the colder months, it can sometimes be tricky to work out whether your Husky has become overweight.
You will be able to tell if your Husky is overweight if you cannot easily feel their ribs when you run your hand over your dog’s sides. Also, if you can’t see their waistband, then it’s a clear indication that your dog is overweight if not obese.
You will need to bear in mind that your Husky will have a thicker coat throughout the colder months, so don’t immediately panic if you feel or notice a slight difference in their weight during winter.
Huskies, like many other dogs, can also put on weight during the winter months. This usually comes down to the environment and also partially happens because owners exercise their Huskies for shorter periods of time in the colder months.
A way to ensure that your Husky isn’t gaining unhealthy weight is by making sure that you are feeding them a healthy, nutritious diet and are exercising them regularly.
Being careful to select the right type of food for your Husky is crucial to ensure that they are getting the right type of nutrients.
Lower-quality foods can often be packed full of fillers with little to no nutritional value, that won’t provide your dog with the right energy sources. This can lead to them being hungry more quickly because they haven’t got enough energy to sustain themselves.
When it comes to giving your Husky the right type of food, making sure you manage their portion sizes and going for regular walks can make a huge difference to the weight of your Husky.
The amount of food that your Siberian Husky requires will depend on a few factors:
- Quality of food
- Their age
- Their size
- Their activity level.
Always make sure that you are following the manufacturer’s recommended amount of food and adjust it from there.
In addition to this, you should make sure that you work with your veterinarian to plan a feeding schedule for your Husky from when you first get them.
This will help you spread out the meals over the course of the day, providing your dog with the sustenance that they need to live a happy and healthy life!
A Guide On How To Keep Your Husky Healthy
It can’t be stressed enough, Huskies need a tonne of exercise! Huskies are extremely active dogs that need more than 2 hours of exercise a day to ensure that they are as healthy as they can be physically and mentally.
This exercise should be spread out throughout the day to ensure that your Husky doesn’t resort to destructive behaviors like trying to escape out of your yard.
It’s worth mentioning that due to their hunting nature and endurance, your Husky might be difficult to get back once you’ve let them off the lead. Huskies have an independent, stubborn nature, and take consistent training to ensure that they know that you’re the boss.
As a result, you need to build a bond with them and consistently train them to earn their respect. That being said, you shouldn’t attempt to let them off the lead while your puppy is still learning that you’re in charge.
As I discussed above, Huskies need a good, balanced diet to ensure that they are able to thrive. Your Husky’s diet will affect whether they’re a healthy weight, or unhealthy weight, so it’s important to monitor and work out what’s best for your pooch.
Understanding what foods can cause your Husky to gain weight makes it easier to keep your Husky in a healthy weight range.
Low-quality foods packed full of fillers should always be avoided, and you should only feed your Husky the best food that you can afford.
This comes down to the fact that these types of foods won’t provide them with the right nutrients, and are also more likely to cause your dog stomach issues due to some of the ingredients in them.
You shouldn’t actively avoid any ingredients (such as grains) until your dog shows signs of a sensitivity or an allergy or your veterinarian has specifically told you to avoid them for your dog’s health.
If your dog becomes overweight due to a poor diet and lack of exercise, they are much more susceptible to developing health conditions such as obesity and diabetes.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can you tell a Husky from a Malamute?
People are often confused by the differences between Huskies and Malamutes and mistake one for the other at first glance. While both the Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute are both suitable sled dogs, there are breed differences between these loveable pack dogs, most notably size.
Siberian Huskies are smaller and lighter than their bigger cousin, the Alaskan Malamute.
Alaskan Malamutes usually stand around an inch taller than Huskies and can weigh up to 48 lbs (22kg) more.
Malamutes are thicker and fluffier while Huskies tend to be quite lean. While it’s possible to have a thick Husky, they’re typically smaller and thinner than Malamutes.
Huskies are medium-sized dogs, and will more than double in weight in their first year of life. How big your Husky will get will depend on their gender, as male Huskies are typically heavier and taller than their female counterparts although there can be exceptions.
However, like all animals, this can differ between Huskies. In addition to this, some Huskies will be heavier than average due to selective breeding, particularly if they’ve been bred with the purpose to pull sleds.
Read More About Huskies
We love Huskies here are Outdoor Dog Fun because they make great outdoor companions. Take a look at these articles for further reading:
- Huskies and wolves – are they related?
- Why do Huskies have blue eyes
- Eye colour guide for Huskies
- Huskies and howling – read more
- Huskies vs. Malamutes – read more