How long are huskies puppies

How long are huskies puppies DEFAULT

Whether you have a husky puppy or are considering getting one, it’s helpful to know when they typically stop growing and how big they will eventually get.

This article will contain a complete husky growth timeline chart for you to follow along. Let’s get into it!

When Do Huskies Stop Growing?

Huskies, both male and female will reach their full height by 12-18 months of age. Reaching full weight takes longer and typically happens between the ages of 2-3 years old.

As males are slightly bigger, they are more towards the end of this timeline, whereas females are near the beginning.

As always, this may vary a little from husky to husky, and you may experience a slightly different timeline.

Huskies are considered to have reached their full height by 18 months of age, honestly speaking, this is the far end of the timeline and most will stop growing in height by 12 months.

Height is very different from weight and a husky will typically continue to fill out in size and weight until around 2-3 years old.

Naturally, large males will be towards the end of this timeline, whereas females have typically reached their maximum weight by 2.

Husky Size/Growth Timeline

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The charts go up to 1 year old only as the quickest growth happens in the first year.

Although weight gain does continue until around 2 and sometimes even 3 years old, the vast majority of it will happen within the first year during the major growth and development period.

AgeWeight (lbs)Height (Inches)
2-4 Months
 10-25 lbs10-12 Inches
4-6 Months
 25 – 40 lbs12-15 Inches
6-8 Months 40 – 50 lbs15-19 Inches
8-10 Months 50 – 55 lbs19-22 Inches
10-12 Months
 55 – 60 lbs22-24 Inches
+ 1 Year+ 60 lbs24  Inches
AgeWeight (lbs)Height (Inches)
2-4 Months
 10-25 lbs10-12 Inches
4-6 Months
 25 – 38 lbs12-14 Inches
6-8 Months 38 – 46 lbs14-16 Inches
8-10 Months 46 – 50 lbs16-18 Inches
10-12 Months
 50 – 55 lbs18-20 Inches
+ 1 Year+ 55 lbs20-22 Inches

The Major Growth and Development Period

Huskies like most other dogs will do the vast majority of their growing within 1 year of age. This goes for both height and weight.

Throughout the first 12 months of their life huskies grow rapidly, with the fastest rate of growth happening in between 3-10 months.

Extra consideration should be taken regarding their diet, overall nutrition, mental training, and exercise during this stage.

Huskies are known for needing extensive exercise, but it’s crucial not to make the mistake of over-exercising a puppy while their bones, joints, and ligaments are still developing. Huskies should not receive full exercise (2 hours per day) until after 1 year old. This ensures their physical body has developed and gained the required strength. I have an entire article dedicated to husky puppy exercise here.

Ensuring your husky puppy is happy with his food is another important hurdle to jump. Huskies are notoriously sensitive and fussy eaters, but it’s necessary to quickly find a premium food that works well for them. A diet high in protein and fat will best support their growth and development. Husky puppy diet article.

When Do Huskies Mature Mentally?

Just like with us, mental and physical maturity happens at different times. And these times even vary from breed to breed.

Huskies, in particular, usually mature mentally at around 2 years of age.

Mental maturity and trainability are very interesting when it comes to huskies. They can be trained to an impressive level, but they are notoriously mischievous, cunning, dramatic, and love to throw tantrums.

Before huskies mature emotionally at around age 2, it’s the best time to get as much valuable training, rules, and good behavior established. This will all go towards a mature and obedient husky.

Extra training doesn’t suggest that your husky will emotionally mature quicker, but it will go towards a more well-behaved, calmer husky by around age 2.

With all of that said, huskies are known for having a strong character, and it’s not uncommon to have a “sassy” husky. Huskies are never afraid to give you their peace of mind and find it easy to throw tantrums regardless of age.

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How Big Do Huskies Get?

Some of the biggest purebred huskies can reach up to 24 inches in height and 65-70lbs in weight. Although this is uncommon and is larger than the average.

Huskies are actually considered a medium-sized breed, despite many people assuming they are “big dogs”.

On average, most huskies will be around 20-23 inches in height, and 50-65lbs.

It’s also important to state we’re talking about purebred huskies, as crossbreeds will naturally have different size ranges depending on the second breed.

Huskies are not as big as their close cousins the Alaskan Malamute and that’s exactly why they make the best sled race dogs, they’re not too small, or too big. In terms of agility, speed, and strength, huskies are the top athletes of the dog world.

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Do You Think Your Husky is Too Small?

A popular question many husky owners ask me is if their husky is too small, or too skinny.

I have articles dedicated to both skinny and small questions, but I’ll briefly touch on it here too.

First of all, when it comes to being skinny, you should be able to feel your husky’s rib cage a tiny amount through his fur and skin. If you can just about feel it, it’s normal.

A general rule with dogs, especially athletic high energy breeds like huskies is that slightly underweight is considered healthier than being any amount overweight.

Of course, if you are seriously concerned and you think your husky is too skinny, it’s best to visit your veterinarian.

If your husky is on the small side in terms of height, refer to the growth timeline and remember that it varies for all huskies, some may need to catch up and it’s entirely possible that your husky’s parents were already on the smaller side. Huskies are only classed as a medium-sized dog after all.

Husky Growth & Size FAQ’s

When do huskies stop growing?

Huskies, both male and female will have reached their full height by 18 months, but usually, reach it by 12 months. Huskies continue to fill out and put on weight until around 2-3 years old.

How big do huskies get?

Huskies are recognized as a medium-sized breed and the absolute maximum that purebred huskies will grow to is 24 inches in height and 65lbs in weight.

When do huskies physically mature?

In terms of strength and ability to exercise properly, huskies are usually ready at around 1 year of age, to exercise like they will for the rest of their life.

When do huskies grow the fastest?

Huskies will go through their biggest and fastest growth spurt between 3-10 months of age. After this, the rate of growth significantly slows down and will only happen gradually.

Are huskies medium or large dogs?

Siberian huskies are classified as medium-sized dogs. However, the general public seems to have the perception that huskies are large dogs. This could be due to their wolf-like appearance.

Last Thoughts

So there you have it! You now know that huskies reach their full height by 12-18 months, but will continue to fill out in weight and mass until 2-3 years old.

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Siberian Husky Puppy Pictures – First 3 Months

In the year 2011, we got a Siberian Husky puppy.

She has blue eyes, big ears, and looks a bit like a gray wolf. As a puppy, she was a very energetic little bundle of fur, but she also has a very sweet, and affectionate disposition.

After much deliberation, we decided to name her Lara, after a super-powerful vampire girl from The Dresden Files. This character captures puppy’s personality very well. Puppy can be brave and fierce, especially while rough-housing with my two other dogs, but she can also be sugar and spice when looking for tummy rubs and treats.

Husky Lara is now over 3 years old, so I thought it would be fun to create a picture chronicle of her first 3 months.

Husky puppy biting on a stick on the grass.
Siberian Husky Puppy Pictures

Husky Puppy Pictures – 5 Weeks Old

Three Siberian Husky puppies with floppy ears. At 5 weeks old, their ears are not pointy yet.
Lara is the front puppy with the floppy ears and pink nose!

We visited Lara when she was only 5 weeks old. At 5 weeks, the puppies are already play-biting and able to learn simple commands with reward training techniques.

However, they still spend a fair amount of time sleeping, as you can see in the picture below.

Another interesting thing to note is that most of the Husky puppies have floppy ears (see right). Siberian Husky puppies are born with floppy ears, which usually become erect as they mature. The Husky face mask will also lighten as puppy gets older, especially around the eyes.

Lara had a cute pink nose when she was 5 weeks old. In general, Siberian Huskies have darker pigmentation on their nose, in order to protect it from sun-burn.

It is best not to remove a puppy from the litter until she is at least 8 weeks old. Very young puppies learn important lessons from their mother and litter-mates, including how to properly interact with other dogs, as well as how to control the force of their bites. Here is more on the risks of taking a puppy home too early.

Husky Puppy Pictures – 8.5 Weeks Old

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Husky Puppy Pictures – 8.5 Weeks Old

When Lara reached 8.5 weeks old, we brought here home. These are the first pictures we took on that day.

She was tiny, but full of vim and curiosity. I started with puppy obedience training right away, and Lara quickly learned the words Sit and Down, on her very first day. She is a very clever puppy!

Note that her ears are now perky, and her pink nose is mostly filled in with dark pigmentation.

Husky Puppy Pictures – 9 Weeks Old

Adult Siberian Husky hanging out with Husky puppy.
Husky Puppy Pictures – 9 to 10 Weeks Old

At 9 weeks old, Husky puppy is still very small. However, she is also fierce, and not afraid to mix-it-up with the two larger adult dogs.

At the bottom, I have three pictures that compare the size of puppy with an adult Siberian Husky.

It is a good idea to supervise puppy very closely when she is playing with larger dogs. During a rigorous play session, Lara got accidentally stepped on by Shiba Inu Sephy, and sprained her rear leg. As a result, she had to go through a very unpleasant vet visit, and endure leg pain for several days after that.

We were lucky it wasn’t anything more serious. After this fun experience, I made sure to keep her on-leash while playing outside, and to have many small play-breaks so that nobody gets over-excited.

Husky Puppy Pictures – 10 Weeks Old

Little Husky puppy Lara, exploring with big brother Shiba Inu, under a bush.
Husky Puppy Pictures – 10 Weeks Old. Sephy has accepted Husky puppy into his circle of trust.

At this point, Lara is fitting in well with the other dogs.

In the beginning, Shiba Sephy was somewhat stand-offish towards puppy. However, I did a lot of group obedience training sessions, and introduced puppy to the other dogs in a very positive and rewarding context.

After about 10 days, Sephy accepted puppy into his very exclusive Shiba-circle-of-trust.

Husky Puppy Pictures – 11 to 12 Weeks Old

Husky puppy Lara doing a Sit in her little puppy pool.
Husky Puppy Pictures – 11 to 12 Weeks Old. Socializing puppy to new experiences.

Now that puppy is 11 weeks old, we are socializing her to a range of new experiences.

The weather is getting warmer so we brought out the little dog pool to see if Lara would enjoy the cool water. She was curious initially, but quickly lost interest. Instead, she prefers to put her head below the water spigot and have a shower!

Note how fast Husky puppy is growing! You can see in the pictures below that she is now almost Shiba-size.

Siberian Husky Puppies

What do you think of Siberian Husky puppies?

I love the look and temperament of Sibes, but as with any other dog breed, they have their own unique challenges.

Siberian Huskies shed a lot, are extremely energetic, and require a lot of exercise. They are independent minded, and can have very high prey drive. This makes it risky for them to go off-leash in an unenclosed area.

Before getting a puppy, definitely do some research on the good and bad of Siberian Huskies.

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Siberian huskies were originally bred to be hard-working sled dogs that can withstand cold temperatures. However, the traits that make them great for hard work can also work in their favor to make them great pets too—when owners that understand the breed properly care for them. Because of this, Siberian husky puppies are especially popular. If you have considered breeding your own dog, or perhaps just adopting one of these puppies, learning more about the care of these puppies is important.

When the puppies are first born, the mother should know what to do to take care of her pups. However, you should make certain you keep an eye out for any potential medical problems or to make sure the mom is not neglecting any of the puppies for some reason. If this is the case, you may need to interfere and contact a vet or other professional to find out how you can help support the sick or ignored pup. At this point, especially before the puppies open their eyes, it is important to keep the animals in a warm, dry area.

As the Siberian husky puppies get older and start exploring their surroundings more, they may need some additional care to make sure they do not get into any trouble. A large box with high sides will allow the mom to get up and away from her pups without letting the puppies run free.

At around four weeks old, you can start offering Siberian husky puppies puppy food. You may want to offer it in a “mush” form at first, to get them used to eating something with texture. At this point, you should start spending more time with the puppies to get them used to human contact. Prior to this age, you would want to keep this fairly limited, as bonding with the dog mother is important and makes the mother less likely to reject her pups.

Puppies are ready to leave their mom at around eight weeks old. Puppies who are separated before this often have separation anxiety issues that make them harder to take care of and less likely to bond in a healthy way with their new family.

When the Siberian husky puppy first leaves its mom and littermates to live in a new family, it is very common for them to have a couple of nights where they whine and act up. It’s important for the person adopting the puppy to be understanding of this and help the puppy adapt. Creating a warm, comfortable environment with familiar items will make this transition much easier. A soft radio or ticking clock can also provide comfort for the young dog.

As the puppy grows, there will be a need to visit the veterinarian to check on the general health and get the necessary shots. The recommended ages for these shots vary, and it is best to contact your vet and find out what he or she recommends.

A Siberian husky puppy that is loved and properly cared for from a young age will grow to be a friendly pet that generally gets along well with other dogs and children. Learning more about this breed can help you determine the best way to raise your puppy into a happy and healthy dog.


Getting A Husky Puppy? WATCH THIS FIRST!

Huskies are medium-sized dogs that tend to grow pretty quickly, reaching full height and weight at about 1.5 years old. It’s easy to worry during that time that your Husky isn’t the size it should be. After all, your dog’s growth can be an indication of many things, including their overall health.

Luckily, you can stop worrying now and get the facts. We’ve compiled all the information you need to determine if your dog is the right weight and height for its age, including a husky growth chart. You’ll be able to pinpoint the precise range where a healthy Husky should fall for each important milestone of their first year, starting at just eight weeks.

Facts About The Siberian Husky

Siberian Huskies have a wolf-like appearance, though wolves are long gone from their bloodlines. They were originally bred as sled dogs, with incredible endurance and outstanding tolerance to cold buttressed by a work ethic that few canines can compete with. When they first debuted at the second All-Alaska Sweepstakes Race in 1909, they proved their superiority, dominating the scene for the next decade.

Fully grown, male Siberian Huskies stand 22-24 inches tall, while females are a bit smaller at 20-22 inches tall. The average weight of a husky (male) is 45-60 pounds, while the average weight of a husky (female) is 35-50 pounds as adults. They have thick double coats that keep them warm in any temperature, though it can also contribute to overheating in warm climates.

Siberian Husky Puppy Growth and Weight Chart

If you’re wondering how big do huskies get, the Husky growth charts below will show you what you should expect month by month. For convenience and accuracy, we’ve separated the charts into males and females. Find your dog’s age on the chart and you’ll be able to tell how tall and heavy they should be.

Siberian Husky Puppy Growth and Weight Chart (Male)

AgeWeight RangeHeight Range
2 months10-15 lbs10”-12”
3 months18-23 lbs10”-12”
4 months22-30 lbs12”-15”
5 months25-35 lbs12”-15”
6 months30-40 lbs15”-19”
7 months33-43 lbs15”-19”
8 months35-47 lbs19”-22”
9 months39-52 lbs19”-22”
10 months40-55 lbs22”-24”
11 months40-58 lbs22”-24”
1 year43-57 lbs22”-24”
2 years45-60 lbs22”-24”

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Siberian Husky Puppy Growth and Weight Chart (Female)

AgeWeight RangeHeight Range
8 weeks8-12 lbs10”-12”
3 months13-20 lbs10”-12”
4 months18-25 lbs12”-14”
5 months21-31 lbs12”-14”
6 months23-33 lbs14”-16”
7 months25-38 lbs14”-16”
8 months28-42 lbs16”-18”
9 months31-46 lbs16”-18”
10 months32-47 lbs18”-20”
11 months33-48 lbs18”-20”
1 year34-49 lbs20”-22”
2 years35-50 lbs20”-22”

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Siberian Husky Growth Stages (with Pictures)

In this section, we’re going to break down the growth of a Siberian Husky puppy in smaller chunks so you know exactly what to expect. We will discuss their size, weight, and habits at each age. We’ll even try to cover things like vaccinations and food intake at different points in your dog’s life.

8 week/2 month old Husky

At two months of age, a Siberian Husky can be safely taken from its mother and added to your family. You’ll also want to make sure you provide their first vaccinations at this age, which are distemper and parvovirus.

Females at this age will likely weigh 8-12 pounds at a height of 10-12 inches. Males will be heavier, weighing 10-15 pounds, though they’re still the same height at this point.

You’ll need to provide your Husky with food three times each day. If they don’t eat it all, that’s ok. Huskies aren’t prone to overeating as much as other breeds.

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12 week/3 month old Husky 

Now that your Husky is 3 months old, it should start being extremely active and showing some signs of its future personality. Because they’re so active, you can expect these Huskies to eat a substantial amount. That said, don’t be alarmed if they go through a short phase where they eat considerably less. This is a common occurrence when a Husky is teething.

At this point, you should still be feeding your Husky three meals a day. The average weight of a Husky female will be typically 13-20 pounds now, though they’re still about 10-12 inches tall. Likewise, males haven’t made much upward growth, still standing 10-12 inches tall as well, though they now weigh much more at 18-23 pounds.

At this age, you’ll need to administer DHPP vaccinations as well as parainfluenza.

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16 week/4 month old Husky 

By now, your Husky is starting to show some real signs of growth. Females have sprouted a bit, so they’re now 12-14 inches tall and males can be even taller at 12-15 inches. Females now weigh 18-25 pounds while males are starting to get a bit husky at 22-30 pounds.

At this age, Huskies should start to have a pretty serious appetite and will generally eat anything you offer up. If your Husky isn’t gaining weight, this is the time you’ll really start to notice it and need to pay attention.

Your Husky will now need DHPP vaccinations if they haven’t been administered already. It’s also time for the rabies vaccine.

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6 month old Husky 

Once your Husky is 6 months old, you should be able to tell if they’re going to be on the smaller side or larger side of the spectrum. If your dog has been on the lower end of the weight and height charts up to this point, expect them to stay there. You don’t want to see any major spikes or drops in weight at this point.

Females should be 14-16 inches tall and weigh 23-33 pounds. Males are starting to widen the gap now, standing 15-19 inches tall and weigh 30-40 pounds on average. You should still be offering three feedings each day, for a total of 1.5-3 cups of food daily.

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9 month old Husky 

Males are now noticeably taller and heavier than females, at 19-22 inches in height and weighing at 39-52 pounds. Females are only 16-18 inches tall at this point, with weights ranging from 31-46 pounds.

Males should be eating 2.5-4 cups of puppy food each day, depending on height, with females eating a little less at 2-3 cups. You’ll still want to offer the meals in three separate feedings spread throughout the day.

Your dog should have most of their necessary vaccinations at this point. You can add some extras for Lyme disease, Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, and Bordetella if you want some added protection.

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1 year old Husky 

At one year of age, your husky is getting close to their full height and weight. The average weight of a Husky male is now 43-57 pounds while being 22-24 inches tall. Females can weigh anywhere from 34-49 pounds at a height of 20-22 inches.

Feeding should now change, dropping from three daily meals to just two. However, you’re going to increase the total amount of food you’re providing. Females will need 2-4 cups and males will need anywhere from 2.5-6 cups of food, depending on activity levels and size. You’ll continue with two meals per day for the remainder of your Husky’s life. However, they’re still on puppy food at this point and should be until they stop growing, which will take approximately six more months.

When Do Siberian Huskies Stop Growing?

For male Huskies, adulthood begins at about 18 months of age. At this point, your dog has likely reached its full height and weight, though it is possible for them to still experience a small bit of growth after this point. Females generally stop growing at about 15 months.

Temperamentally, your dog is mostly mature, though they’re still going to be growing mentally until about three years of age. That said, the bulk of the work is done, so the dog you have now is basically the dog you’ll have the rest of its life. You shouldn’t expect any massive changes in size, weight, or temperament after this age.

How Does Neutering/Spaying Affect My Dog’s Growth?

Dogs should generally not be neutered or spayed until they’ve reached adulthood. For Huskies, this means about 18 months of age. If you spay or neuter them early, you can create some issues in your dog’s growth.

Performing these procedures too early in a dog’s life will cause them to be taller than they otherwise would. This is because spaying and neutering early increases the total length of time that bones grow for. While this may sound like an easy way to get a bigger dog, it’s not in your dog’s best interest.

The problem is, increased growth may create issues with the way your dog’s joints align.

Dangers of Growing Too Quickly or Stunted Growth

A Husky might be smaller or larger than expected at any point in their life. Some are perpetually smaller or larger than the charts might indicate they should be. This can be caused by several factors.

Your dog might be undersized due to their food. Huskies are notoriously picky eaters because of their sensitive stomachs. If your Husky isn’t eating enough, you might need to change up their diet.

Another common reason for Huskies to be smaller than they should be is too much exercise. Some exercise is essential for your Husky’s health, but if they overdo it, their muscles, bones, joints, and ligaments won’t have time to heal.

Health issues can also be a prime candidate for causing improper growth. These are often accompanied by other signs like lethargy, depression, or pain. You’ll need to see a vet for help with a diagnosis.

If your Husky seems larger than it should be, it might be due to early neutering or spaying. Another possibility is that there are genes from other breeds in your dog’s bloodline affecting their size.

What If My Siberian Husky is Not the Right Weight?

If your Siberian Husky weight isn’t quite right, there are several actions you can take.

The first step would be to closely monitor your dog’s food intake. If they’re not gaining weight, you’ll need to see if they’re eating or not. It’s likely that your Husky has a problem with their food since they’re known for having very sensitive stomachs.

Also, pay attention to how much exercise your Husky is getting. If it’s too much, that could be causing their lack of growth.

If you’ve taken these steps and still have no answers, then it’s probably time to consult your vet.


There’s going to be a lot of difference between Husky puppies regarding their weight and height. Even puppies from the same litter can turn out to be different sizes in adulthood. If your dog has been on the small side since they were young, then you can expect them to remain on the smaller side for their life. Likewise, pups on the larger end of the spectrum should remain on the larger end.

What you really want to see is steady growth without any spikes or drops in weight, as shown in our Husky growth chart. If your dog suddenly jumps from the low end of the size spectrum to the high end or vice versa, then it could be an indication of an issue.

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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway, and Baby, a Burmese cat. Originally from Canada, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. Nicole has a strong love for all animals and has experience caring for all types of dogs, from Yorkies to Great Danes. Nicole even worked as a dog sitter during her travels through South America and cared for stray pups — something she holds close to her heart.
With a degree in Education and a love for writing, Nicole aims to share her and others’ expert pup-knowledge with dog lovers worldwide with Doggie Designer


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Read This Before You Get A Siberian Husky Puppy

Thinking about adding a Siberian Husky puppy to your family? Here are eight things you need to know before getting your new furry friend.

Thinking about adding a Siberian Husky puppy to your family? Here are eight things you need to know before getting your new furry friend.

A couple of weeks ago, my hubby and I surprised our boys with a beautiful Siberian Husky puppy. It was something that we had been planning for months and when the time finally came, it was surreal.

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That said, getting a puppy, especially a Siberian Husky puppy, was not a decision that we made lightly. As cute as Siberian Husky puppies are, they are a lot of hard work. So if you’re deciding whether or not a husky puppy is the right puppy for you, keep reading to learn about eight things you should know before bringing a Siberian Husky puppy home.

Thinking about adding a Siberian Husky puppy to your family? Here are eight things you need to know before getting your new furry friend.

First, a few general tips to know…

Dogs Are A Lifetime Commitment

Before you consider any pet, especially a dog, remember that a dog is a lifetime commitment. There are far too many dogs that are abandoned or given away due to owners not considering just how much of a responsibility owning a dog is. So before you buy, remember, dogs aren’t disposable and as cute as they may be, they aren’t for everyone.

Be Sure You Can Afford Dog Expenses

Just like children, dogs come with their own little set of expenses. Food, Vet Fee’s Toys, Crates, etc.- It all adds up. While every dog will have a different set of needs, you it’s definitely wise to include potential dog expenses into your budget to ensure that you can afford to add a little puppy to your family. Don’t forget to consider planning for emergencies or sickness.

Buy From A Reputable Breeder/Adopt

Let’s face it, there are some sketchy dog breeders out there. A reputable dog breeder takes pride in their dogs and are extremely knowledgeable of their breed. There are a ton of red flags that will let you know whether you’re dealing with a reputable breeder or not but the most significant indicator is whether or not their dog will come with a guarantee, AKC paperwork, and whether or not they allow you to tour their facilities. There are a ton of other red flags to consider before buying from a breeder, but if the above aren’t important to you and/or you don’t have time to do thorough research on breeders definitely consider adoption. There are tons of dogs out there waiting for their forever home.

Do Research On Your Breed

Please don’t get a puppy just because it’s ‘cute’. Depending on a dogs breed, dogs have different energy levels, different needs, and different potential health concerns that you should be mindful of. For example, if you work a lot or aren’t very active, it may be best to get a dog that doesn’t require tons of attention and/or exercise. The same goes for if you have a large family. You want to be sure that the breed you get is good with children.

Thinking about adding a Siberian Husky puppy to your family? Here are eight things you need to know before getting your new furry friend.

Now that we got that out of the way, let’s talk about about Siberian Huskies specifically.

Husky Puppies Need Lots Of Attention & Exercise

Husky puppies are very active and while they may sleep a lot in the puppy phase, in order to be properly stimulated, huskies need lots of attention. To that same effect, huskies need a lot of exercise. You have to remember, the breed was bred to pull heavy sleighs in the snow for long distances so they definitely need to maintain an active lifestyle.

Husky Puppies Can Be Stubborn

Huskies have a very strong will and can be very stubborn. As an owner you have to be sure to establish dominance early on. Their stubbornness can make them difficult to train, but they are very intelligent dogs and catch on pretty quickly. But be warned that no matter how well trained your Husky is, they are prone to wanderlust so you have to keep an eye on them. They’re also known to take their precious time to potty so be patient when potty training.

It’s true. Huskies shed a lot so expect to clean up a lot of hair. For maintenance you should brush your husky at least twice a week and daily when they’re in the process of blowing their undercoat. However, please avoid completely shaving your husky. Contrary to popular belief, shaving dogs don’t help them to stay cool. Furthermore, as with most dogs, husky fur protects them from different parasites and insects. So if you aren’t a fan of cleaning up dog hair, the husky may not be the dog for you.

Huskies Are Very Vocal

While they don’t bark often, huskies are known for howling often – especially to ‘speak their mind’. When we initially brought our husky puppy home, he spend most of his first night howling versus barking. Don’t get me wrong, they can bark and will bark periodically, but many huskies like to express themselves by howling. So if you aren’t a fan of a ‘talkative’ dog, you may want to rethink adding a husky to your family.

Thinking about adding a Siberian Husky puppy to your family? Here are eight things you need to know before getting your new furry friend.

There you have it!

Eight things you should know BEFORE you get a Siberian Husky.

We’ve considered many dogs for our family but our experience with our husky pup has been amazing so far and we’re looking forward to watching him grow.

Are you a new puppy parent or thinking about becoming one? If so, check out my New Puppy Shopping List!

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What Age do Huskies Calm Down?

What age do Huskies calm down? Anyone who has ever had a Siberian Husky puppy might stare at them wondering: “Does it ever end?” We’re talking, of course, about the incredible energy and hyper personality of the Husky pup. It can be a little overwhelming at first…maybe even leave you second-guessing ever adding this fun-loving (yet somewhat over-the-top) dog to your fam. But don’t worry- not all hope is lost.

So, what age do Huskies calm down? Some Huskies settle down around the 6 to 12 month mark, but Huskies are known for remaining high-energy for well into their 2 or 3 year mark when they stop growing. Like any other dog breed, a Husky puppy will calm down the closer he reaches adulthood. However, it is important to note that even adult Huskies have a rather intense and hyper temperament. The best way to calm your Husky is to provide proper behavioral training.

When it comes to Huskies, you’re in the big league. While everyone is drawn to them due to their unique and fierce appearance, their personalities may leave you feeling frantic. We’re going to break down when a Husky puppy is likely to calm down and what you can do to help.

When Does a Husky Puppy Start to Calm Down?

Any puppy from any breed is going to have a lot of energy in their beginning stages of life.

It’s even more so for the working-class breeds, which includes the Siberian Husky. These dogs naturally have higher energy levels and that intense energy tends to extend longer in their puppyhood than other breeds.

However, that doesn’t mean that there is no hope of your Siberian Husky puppy to calm down. The majority of the time you should see a slight decrease in energy around the 6 to 12 month mark, although Huskies are known for remaining high-energy for well into their 2-year mark.

The Husky’s Temperament

A Husky owner should keep in mind the fact that even adult Huskies have a lot of energy that needs to be expelled throughout the day. Granted this energy is not as intense as it was when they were a puppy, it’s still a lot to handle for someone who isn’t used to it.

You have to understand that Huskies were bred as working dogs in a harsh climate.

They lived in extremely cold temperatures and were, for the most part, work dogs that would pull sleds around for their owners. This, obviously, required quite a bit of energy, which is the energy they still hold on to today.

If you aren’t prepared to offer your Husky plenty of activities, playtime, and maybe even a back yard instead of an apartment, this may not be a good choice for you.

Luckily, aside from ample amounts of exercise and activity, there are other options when it comes to calming down your Husky.

How to Calm a Husky Down

Whether you are dealing with a puppy or adult Husky, there are plenty of options for calming your Husky down.

Here are 8 great ways to get your energetic dog to quiet down and relax when he seems overly wound up.

1. Rub his chest between the neck and front legs

This is one of the most soothing spots for a Husky.

Sit him down and begin rubbing in this area and he will immediately calm down and not be so restless.

2. Hold him close and rub his sides

Sometimes all your Husky needs is a tight hug and to be rubbed gently to get him back in gear for listening and being obedient.

3. Play fetch

Husky fetch

Huskies are incredibly active, so always make sure you have a favorite toy nearby for some quick on-the-spot fetching.

4. Take him for a run

Take your Husky for a run

There is nothing like a good old-fashioned run to get your jitters out.

If you notice your Husky is being a little too rambunctious and the weather is nice, then consider leashing him up and taking him out for a stroll around the block.

5. Be firm with your Husky

This really only works after you have trained your dog, but it is important to note.

During and after behavioral training, always make sure you’re not getting lenient on the rules. Huskies can sense when you’re becoming less firm in your words, and they WILL take advantage.

Have I mentioned Huskies are smart?

6. Always reward him for good behavior

On the other hand, do not forget about positive reinforcement.

Your Husky needs to know that he is doing good by being given plenty of love and affection when he’s calm.

A few dog treats or toys here and there doesn’t hurt, either. 🙂

7. Play at the dog park

Your Husky’s favorite place (other than home) is going to be the dog park.

Here he has endless possibilities to run, play (maybe even swim) and also has the option of playing with other dogs.

8. Let him run wild at a doggy daycare center

If there is a doggy daycare located near you, it’s the perfect spot to let your Husky get his wiggles out.

Not only will they provide plenty of fun activities for your dog, but he will get some much-needed social interaction with other doggies around him. It’s a win-win situation!

As you can see, there are plenty of different ways to calm down your rowdy Husky. The main goal is to always make sure that your Husky is getting enough outdoor time and exercise to keep his mind from wandering. If you can’t go outside due to the weather, always ensure there are lots of toys to entertain him.

Training Your Husky

The best way to make sure that your Husky is well behaved is to put him through proper dog training.

Without training, Huskies of all ages have a tendency to be a bit rowdy and rambunctious.

You have the option of training your Husky at home, although this might pose a bit of a challenge if you are not sure what you’re doing. For the most part, it’s all about teaching your Husky basic commands and letting him know what he is doing is not okay. There is also a need for love, affection, and treats when he does something good.

You can begin training your Husky as young as 8 weeks old.

Seem too soon?

Huskies are a smart breed, and even a young Husky pup can get the hang of things rather quickly.

Is he going to be perfect?

No, he’s a puppy!

But at least he will have some understanding of right and wrong that will be carried into his adult life.

Another excellent choice is formal training.

Although it is obviously more expensive than attempting to do it at home, at least you know he will be getting the training he needs in the right way. Huskies can be somewhat hard to train for a first time owner, so seeking the help of a professional can weaponize you for your second Husky. :0)

Related Questions

At what age do Huskies mature?

A Siberian Husky will reach adulthood at 12 months of age. Around this time they should their adult coat and not be as hyper or hungry as they were when they were puppies. Again, a Husky owner should note that Huskies, even as adults, can have wild temperaments. Training and plenty of outdoor activities and exercise are essential for the Husky.

Are Huskies smart dogs?

Huskies are incredibly intelligent dogs. The problem with Huskies, though, is that they are very independent and may sometimes have a difficult time obeying their owners. This is another reason why training is so important, but it may need to be done by a professional to get the job done.


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Huskies are known for being one of the most energetic dog breeds. But they are just as well known for spending quite a bit of time sleeping.

How much should your Husky be sleeping? What is considered normal? Why do they sleep for so long?

You’ll be able to find the answers to these questions and more about Huskies and their sleep needs in the sections below.

How Much Sleep Husky Puppies Need

A Husky puppy can sleep for up to 20 hours per day. Husky puppies, like all puppies, tend to sleep more than their adult counterparts. Huskies need a lot of sleep because they are growing at a very fast rate and this growth uses up a lot of energy.

Don’t be surprised if your Husky constantly wants to sleep and they will grow out of it to an extent.

Husky puppy sleeping

Husky puppies also burn through their large bursts of energy a lot faster than a fully grown Husky, and so need more recovery time.

Playing, exploring, exercise and learning consume a huge amount of energy, and your puppy will need to sleep more to be able to recuperate and prepare for their next bout of wakefulness.

How Much Sleep Adult Huskies Need

Adult Huskies can sleep up to 14 hours per day. The amount of sleep an adult Husky needs depends on factors including age, activity levels, medication, general health, and size.

Let’s go through these reasons so you can get a better understanding of the sleep needs of your Husky.


As mentioned, a puppy is likely to spend up to 20 hours a day sleeping, whereas an adult Husky will sleep up to 14 hours a day.

As your Husky gets older, they will be able to recover from their bursts of energy a lot more quickly, and therefore need less sleep.

But that said, an adult Husky who is in their later stages of life will probably revert back to sleeping more often, just as elderly adults sleep more as they age.

Activity Levels

Huskies are very energetic dogs. Because they are exerting more energy than other breeds, they need more sleep to help them recover that energy.

A Husky that has spent several hours walking, running or doing other physical activity will probably need more sleep than a Husky who has only gone for a half-hour walk during the day.

Likewise, a Husky that has been laying around the house all day waiting for you to return home from work is more likely to sleep to tackle the boredom of doing nothing else.

Husky sleeping on back

As I explain in my article on how much space does a Husky need, having a big backyard does not automatically keep your Husky active when you’re not home.

We have a big backyard and if I’m not home (or my Husky thinks I’m away), she will spend most of the time sleeping. Don’t mistakenly think that your Husky will exercise themselves when you’re away.

A Husky who hasn’t had enough exercise is also more likely to try to escape, dig holes, or destroy things. This is why exercising your Husky is so important.

Medication Taken

If your Husky is taking medication for any health problems, they might end up sleeping more than average.

A lot of medications tend to cause a drowsy effect, and this can also affect the number of hours your Husky sleeps.

If you are concerned that they might be sleeping a lot more than expected because of this, it might be a good idea to speak to your vet.

General Health

A healthy adult Husky will usually sleep between 12 to 16 hours a day. Some underlying health problems can either increase or decrease this average amount.

If you notice your Husky sleeping a lot longer than this, and they are not currently being treated for any health concerns, it might be a good idea to get them checked over by a vet. That way, you can rule out any potential problems.

Similarly, if your Husky’s sleep is less than the average, this could also signify a health concern. They may be in too much pain or too agitated to sleep and this lack of sleep, along with whatever is causing it, is going to do your Husky more harm than good. If you have any concerns about your Husky’s discomfort at all, please visit your vet.


Larger breeds of dogs generally need more sleep to recuperate after bursts of energy than smaller breeds.

As most Huskies are in the medium to large size range of dog breeds, this means that they will need more sleep than a smaller breed like a chihuahua for example.

If you have several Huskies, you may also notice that the smaller ones will probably sleep slightly less than the larger ones, or will tire out far less quickly.

How to Get a Husky to Sleep at Night

Most Huskies won’t have a problem getting to sleep at night. Huskies are renowned for sleeping between 12-16 hours a day.

These hours usually extend throughout the night and include plenty of day time naps.

But if you are finding that your Husky won’t sleep as well at night, there might be a few things that you could do.

Tire them out later in the day

If your Husky isn’t sleeping through the night, it might be because they have pent up energy that they haven’t used yet.

A good way to tackle this is to exercise with them later in the day (if possible). Take them for a long walk, a run, or play with them in your yard so that they are able to use up the excess energy.

This will help to tire them out and hopefully result in them sleeping longer at night.

Mental stimulation

Give your Husky a new toy, or something to chew on. This mental stimulation will engage your Husky’s mind and hopefully tire them out so that they have a more restful sleep.

Check out this article on what types of bones your Husky can and can’t chew on.

Provide a comforting sleep place

Make sure that your Husky is sleeping in a place where they are unlikely to be easily disturbed. Places with a lot of activity or where people congregate (like near the kitchen for example) provide distractions from sleep.

Other noisy or playful pets, and even children, can deter your curious Husky from resting properly if they want to see what is going on.

Husky curled up sleeping

It should be no surprise that our Husky prefers sleeping in this comfy bed.

Later feeding and bathroom breaks

If you feed your Husky later in the evening, you will find that they sleep a lot better throughout the night. Most dogs and cats tend to have a good sleep after eating a larger meal.

If your Husky lives inside with you, it is also a good idea to take them outside for a bathroom break just before you go to bed. This will mean that they are able to empty their bladder and sleep through the night better, rather than waking up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom.

Why Huskies Sleep for So Long

Huskies sleep so long because they are extremely energetic dogs, and need to recuperate after large bursts of energy.

Sometimes Huskies get negative connotations where people think they are ‘lazy’ because they sleep so often. But anyone who owns a Husky will realize that these rests are the way that they recover after expelling so much energy throughout the day.

In a similar vein to when we need a rest after strenuous exercise, Huskies need to restore their energy after running around, playing, exploring and learning.

As long as your Husky is receiving enough exercise and mental stimulation throughout the day, there shouldn’t be any concerns if your Husky is spending so long sleeping.

Why Huskies Sleep in Weird Positions

Of all dog breeds, Huskies are renowned for their most unusual sleeping positions. If you own a Husky, you’ll know all about weird sleeping positions. It’s one of the many unusual things Huskies do (link to find out more).

It is difficult for most of us to understand how their awkward-looking contortions can actually be comfortable enough to sleep in, but that is just one of the lovable quirks of the breed.

But why do they sleep in these strange positions?

Laying on back with feet up in the air

When your Husky sleeps on their back with their legs up in the air (stomach exposed) it shows that they are not worried about potential threats.

They feel safe and secure in their environment and are not worried about showing their vulnerable underbelly to potential attacks.

Some Huskies also sleep in this position when they are feeling warm, as their bellies are covered in less fur and this allows air to circulate over their skin, helping to cool them down.

Husky sleeping awkward on back

Our Husky commonly sleeps in this position. In the above photo, she had this toy lion’s tail in her mouth and every minute or so she would chew on it a couple of times.

Curled on or around something

Probably stemming from their natural instincts when they had to sleep in the snow during sledding expeditions, some Huskies prefer to sleep curled up in a ball with their tail covering their nose, or around something that provides them comfort (like a pair of shoes).

This position helps to provide protection from the elements and also retains body heat. Even if your Husky doesn’t have to sleep in these conditions, it could be more of an instinctive sleeping position.

Sleeping with other pets

Huskies like to be in packs (similar to wolves) and when they sleep close to another animal (be it another Husky or a different pet) they are extending on that pack mentality.

When this occurs, you will find your Husky either sleeping beside, back to back with, and sometimes even sprawled over the other animals. This shows that your Husky trusts them and doesn’t consider them a threat.

Sleeping on their stomach, Superman-style

A Husky sleeping in this position is always ready for action. Because of the way their body is positioned, with their belly on the floor and four legs stretched out, your Husky will be able to jump immediately to their feet on awakening.

This could also be considered an instinctive sleeping position, as it enables your Husky to be alert to anything that may be coming towards them while they are resting.

This is probably the most common sleeping position for most dogs (not just Huskies). Their vulnerable bellies are exposed so there is an element of trust involved- they feel secure and safe and aren’t worried about being attacked.

They are also able to stretch out their legs and stay in the same position for quite a while- it is obviously less awkward and more comfortable than some other positions Huskies are known to sleep in.

Husky sleeping on side

Another reason your Husky may sleep on their side is as a way to cool down. In the above photo, you can see that our Husky tends to sleep on her side when laying on the concrete in the shade.

She only sleeps this way on the concrete and we quickly figured out it happens when there’s hot weather.

Sleeping on her side on the concrete is the best way she can cool her body down compared to any other sleeping position.

Using a Crate with Your Husky at Night

Crates are useful if you need to leave your dog alone for extended periods of time (like while you are at work for example), and there is no one to supervise them.

Some people mistakenly think crates are cruel because they enclose your dog in a small space and don’t allow them to wander. But a lot of Huskies (and other breeds) prefer to sleep in crates.

Crates can provide a sense of security for Huskies, as they can compare them to the dens that they dig for themselves if out in the elements. You can make the crate cozier for your Husky by lining it with soft blankets and putting their favorite toys in there to play with.

Crates can also be useful if your Husky is trying to escape at night or likes to get up to mischief when it gets dark.

If your Husky is in a crate during the night, they will be unable to get out and will be more likely to sleep.

Huskies can sleep outside in winter, but if you have the means to keep them in a warm, enclosed space out of the elements, then you should. With their thick, double-lined coats, Huskies were bred to be able to withstand extreme cold and icy conditions.

Learn how a Husky’s double-coat helps them deal with extreme weather in this guide.

A Husky in these conditions will usually dig themselves a den and then curl up inside to sleep.

A Husky will curl up and sleep with their tail over their nose to stay warm in cold weather. Their fluffy tails stop any cold wind or rain from reaching their nose.

Husky sleeping in winter

While they are able to withstand winter conditions, you should ensure that you give them a warm shelter where they can feel safe and protected.

If your Husky can come inside, you should allocate them a warm space where they can sleep. If they must remain outdoors, you should make sure that they have a dog house or space of some kind where they are able to shelter either under or in.

Pile the space with warm blankets or sheets and make the space as comfortable as possible.

Find out more about keeping your Husky outside in the cold weather in this guide.

Husky Sleeping Problems to Watch For

Most Huskies don’t have a problem sleeping in any condition but there are some things that you should watch out for, just in case it could signify a health problem or concern later down the track.

If your Husky starts to sleep for longer periods of time than they used to, and you can’t think of a particular reason for the change (like extra exercise or a new medication making them drowsy) then you should get them checked over by a vet, just to be on the safe side.

Dogs usually wake up alert after a sleep so if your Husky appears lethargic or slow after a long rest, this could also be a sign that there is something wrong.

Another indicator that there could be a problem is if your Husky is not getting a night of restful sleep. This could be obvious if they are constantly shuffling around, showing discomfort, whining and changing positions during sleep.

You should get them checked by a vet if you notice any of these problems because they may have an injury or illness that you are not aware of that is affecting their quality of sleep.

If they are not able to sleep well, it will take them longer to recover from any problems they may have.

Husky Sleeping FAQs

Here are some common questions you may have about your Husky’s sleeping needs.

Do Huskies ever get tired?

Like all animals, Huskies get tired. Because they are such an energetic breed, they need to sleep and rest after each burst of energy so that they can recover.

They sleep so much throughout each day because they are tired after expending so much energy.

Why does my Husky sleep under the bed?

Huskies (and a lot of other breeds of dog) like to sleep in enclosed spaces because it reminds them of sleeping in dens. When your Husky sleeps under the bed, it is considered an enclosed space because your blankets are likely to drape over the space, making it seem closed in and cosy.

They usually tend to feel more secure and safe within this space.

Husky sleeping under bed

Fortunately, our Husky quickly grew out of this habit once she learned how comfy her bed was.

Should you let your Husky sleep with you?

This is a personal preference. It is up to you whether you want to sleep with your Husky or not.

I have one friend who shares her bed with her Husky and while she enjoys the closeness during cold winter nights, it isn’t as pleasant for her to be covered by a sprawling large Husky during the warmer summer months.

She also doesn’t end up with much space (despite having a large bed) because her Husky likes to spread out while sleeping.

If you’re not a fan of dog hair over everything, then I wouldn’t suggest letting your Husky sleep with you. However, if you want to have them sleep nearby, you can create a space within your room that they can sleep in.

Just make sure you set firm boundaries about where they are and aren’t allowed to go.

Do Huskies Sleep in the Snow?

Huskies can sleep in snow and to deal with the cold they usually dig themselves a den and curl up within it (with their tail over their nose).

But if you have the means to provide them with a warm and protective shelter, you should do so.

Husky sitting in hole in snow

Want to keep your Husky healthy and improve their sleep quality? Exercising your Husky is a crucial part of keeping your Husky healthy.

Find out how to train your Husky to run with you in this guide or find out how to train your Husky to enjoy swimming in this guide.


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