The Siberian Husky is a fantastic dog beloved by many. They are energetic, bold, and happy to be part of the family. Huskies are the quintessential snow dog, capable of pulling sleds through harsh weather and terrain. Despite this, you must remember they are only medium-sized dogs.
It’s always a good idea to monitor our dogs’ growth during their puppyhood to see if they are growing up healthily, regardless of breed. This includes their weight and the milestones that come with growing up. Understanding this is one of the best ways to make sure your dog is healthy throughout its life.
Every dog is unique, so it may be bigger or smaller than average. Measuring them is a good idea because it allows us to see if our dogs are on track. Some grow bigger faster, whereas others take a bit longer to grow up. Keeping track of milestones gives us points of comparison to see just how well our dogs are developing. There are a few different factors that go into our dogs’ growth, regardless of gender or breed.
Our comprehensive guide gives you a look into your Siberian Husky’s growth throughout their early years. We’ve also provided a growth chart to serve as a handy resource to refer back to during different parts of your dog’s life. Finally, we answer the most frequently asked questions about your dog as they grow up.
What To Expect
We know Siberian Huskies get to be relatively large and strong dogs. However, we should also look at the specifics, including their developmental milestones, so we can be prepared to take care of them as best as possible. Growth charts can certainly be very useful, but they do not tell us everything we need to know about our puppies as they develop. Puppyhood is definitely the most important developmental stage of any dog’s life. Learning all the ins and outs of caring for your dog during this time can really secure a healthy future for them.
All dogs are different, so it’s more than likely that your puppy has a few differences as they grow up. We must take into consideration that they may experience growth spurts or plateaus that speed up or slow down the growth process. Siberian Huskies have reached their adult height at around 12 months old, and they continue to grow by filling out in weight up until they are around two years old.
Growth also depends heavily on your dog’s nutrition, so be sure not to overfeed or underfeed them. Do your best to keep them away from injury by not allowing them to overexert during exercise and playtime. If you find their growth (or lack thereof) alarming, seek a veterinarian’s guidance.
Puppy Growth Timeline
We cover all of the developmental changes they undergo during puppyhood. We also go into all of the things you need to know to give your puppy the best care during this delicate time.
Birth To 2 Weeks
Your puppy is not very interactive at around this time because they are both blind and deaf. They are totally reliant on their mother to give them the care and milk they need. If you are also caring for their mother, be sure she is eating and resting enough in order to give your puppies good care. Allow your puppy to drink as much milk as they need. Sometime around the two-week mark, your puppy’s eyes start to open, and they begin hearing sounds.
At the one-month mark, your dog has developed much of its senses. It’s adorable to see them be more social around their littermates. This is especially important for their early development, as this is their first chance to socialize. One month old is also when they begin to wean off their mother’s milk. You can start feeding them soft, wet dog food. It’s important not to shock them with too much food at once.
When your puppy reaches two months old, they should be able to be separated from their mother, as they are now fully weaned off milk. You can start giving them three meals a day, with portion sizes changing according to their size and weight. You can now begin teaching them basic commands and begin with obedience training.
It’s important to do it now because they are the most receptive when they are very young. This sets a good foundation for a well-behaved dog later down the line. Housetraining should come easily as well. Here is the weight you can expect from your Siberian Husky at two months old, regardless of sex. We continue to make these observations throughout the rest of the section.
- Males weigh an average of 12.5 pounds.
- Females weigh an average of 7.5 pounds.
At around three months old, you should continue your pup’s training and socialization. It may be a good idea to start leash training them at this time. Full-grown Huskies tend to have pretty high wanderlust and need to learn how to behave when on a leash. You should begin grooming them as well so they can get used to the grooming process.
Your dog is highly playful, with boundless energy. Be sure to meet them with patience and consideration. You should be curbing bad behavior and encouraging good behavior. Around three months is when you should expect a big growth spurt. Your dog is a lot larger now than they were a month ago.
- Males weigh an average of 25 pounds.
- Females weigh an average of 17.5 pounds.
Your puppy starts being a lot more playful by the time they reach four months old. This is typical of the very energetic breed. At this point in time, they should also be happily settled in with you at home. You should continue their obedience training and socialization using positive reinforcement as much as possible.
If you’re less experienced in training a dog like a Siberian Husky, who needs a lot of structure, you may opt to enroll both of you in classes. You can also let your dog join in on puppy kindergarten classes as a way to teach them to behave appropriately around other dogs. This makes for a confident, friendly, and well-rounded puppy.
- Males weigh an average of 29.2 pounds.
- Females weigh an average of 22.5 pounds.
Your puppy has grown much bigger now that they are five months old. Be sure to keep your cool when they are being overly playful. Always be patient with them and never do anything unkind. You can really make a difference in your dog’s developing behavior by giving them lots of pets, praise, and treats. It’s only typical for this breed to be full of energy– this is standard to them, and it’s something you must get used to.
- Males weigh an average of 36.5 pounds.
- Females weigh an average of 25 pounds.
At around the six-month mark, your dog has become tall and a bit lanky, entering its awkward stage. While they may look a little bit funny, this just proves how much growing they’ve been doing, even as a puppy. Your dog may be asking for a lot of exercise, but since they are still growing, it is important you do not overexert them, as this can injure them. More seriously, it can result in hip dysplasia. Six months means you have established a good routine in your everyday life with your dog. Keep being the firm, consistent, and confident leader they need, so they can learn discipline and structure.
- Males weigh an average of 38 pounds.
- Females weigh an average of 29 pounds.
When your dog has reached seven months old, they are very set in their day-to-day life with you since you have established routine and rapport. Siberian Huskies can be a bit mischievous, so they may try to act out just to see if they can get away with it. Be firm in your discipline with them, and always reward good behavior. You can start taking your dog on longer walks of 45 minutes per day, split into two sessions if you prefer. You can also give your dog two meals per day now, as long as they get enough food for their age, size, and activity level.
- Males weigh an average of 40 pounds.
- Females weigh an average of 31 pounds.
When your dog gets to be around eight months old, you should have a great friendship established with them. The problem here is that they may start to get anxious when you aren’t around. This is called separation anxiety and really takes a toll on your mental health. It can also take a toll on your belongings because destructive behavior usually surfaces when dogs feel this way. It’s a good idea to have somebody with them as much as possible so they don’t end up getting lonely. Besides this, your dog is well on the way to adulthood, close to being its final weight.
- Males weigh an average of 45 pounds.
- Females weigh an average of 32.5 pounds.
At nine months old, it may be likely for your dog to begin behaving more maturely. Don’t expect this from them too often, though. These dogs have a very playful and rambunctious demeanor about them even long after puppies. Still, as long as you provide outlets for their energy needs each day, they are better behaved. It’s a great idea to give your dog a lot of toys to play with to keep them mentally and physically stimulated. This way, you can keep them away from bad behavior.
- Males still weigh an average of 45 pounds.
- Females weigh an average of 34 pounds.
At around ten months old, a Siberian Husky’s growth has slowed down considerably, though they still continue to fill out their weight in the coming months. They start listening to your commands more eagerly than before, provided you have been consistent about their training. Now that their body is stronger, you can take them out to be more active on their walks. Around 45 minutes of exercise is good, but you should give them more time to play at home with their toys. This fulfills their high energy needs.
- Males weigh an average of 50 pounds.
- Females weigh an average of 36 pounds.
Homelife should be very comfortable for your dog now that they are almost one year old. Siberian Huskies are more than happy to be part of a pack. You can now try to give them one hour of walk time each day, split into two sessions to make it easier to manage. Since they are well-socialized, your dog will have lots of fun playing with other dogs at the dog park.
- Males still weigh an average of 50 pounds.
- Females weigh an average of 37.5 pounds.
It’s time to wish your dog a very happy birthday. At this point, home life has settled down a good bit since they are more behaved now. You and your dog have both done an excellent job in training and socialization. Your dog may still act like a puppy, especially since Siberian Huskies are so playful and energetic.
They are very spirited dogs. This is just something we get used to. Continue to feed them two meals per day of appropriately sized portions. Exercise can begin to be more vigorous now that they have grown into their adult body. Be sure to get them a checkup for hip dysplasia when they are around two years old.
- Males weigh an average of 52.5 pounds.
- Females weigh an average of 42.5 pounds.
What Happens Next?
Siberian Huskies have filled out most of their adult body at this time in their life. Before they reach two years old, they may grow a little bit more in weight since they have already reached their adult height. You can opt to check in with your veterinarian to see if your dog has grown sufficiently. However, as long as they have eaten properly, gotten enough rest, and did not spend too long ill or injured, they should be right on track.
Full Grown Siberian Husky
Now that one year has passed, your Siberian Husky has grown very much in both size and heart. Since you have trained and socialized them well, they should be very well behaved and confident. Both sexes have filled out well enough, though females weigh a good bit less than males. Adult males weigh an average of 52.5 pounds, while adult females weigh 42.5 pounds. As for height, males are slightly taller at an average height of 22.3 inches at the shoulder, while females are 21 inches tall.
Weight Growth Chart
Here is a weight growth chart we have put together to track your dog’s weight throughout their puppyhood and up to the two-year mark. You can use this as a quick and handy reference point to keep with you while your dog grows up. Just remember that these numbers are averages. Your dog may measure above or below these numbers.
|Age||Male Weight (lbs.)||Female Weight (lbs.)|
As you may have noticed from the chart, your dog has a lot of growing up to do. Some months go by faster than others, and growth eventually slows, especially at the eight-month mark. They may or may not have reached their final adult weight by their first birthday. It’s not unusual for them to put on a few more pounds before they reach two years old.
Factors To Consider
Taking these factors into account makes you understand just what goes into your dog’s physical development. Some of it can be in your control, while others are based on chance. Knowing these factors ease your worries if your dog’s development has not been going the way you intended. If you still have concerns, consult with your veterinarian.
This is a medium-sized dog that’s capable of pulling light loads quickly over the frozen tundra. Their size is a result of this breeding, which has been coded into their genetic line. You may get a simple insight as to how large your dog is going to get by taking a look at their parents. However, the parents are simply one part of the genetic puzzle.
Going by their size is an estimation that may be completely off the mark. Parents may carry genes that result in larger or smaller offspring, and there is no way to tell until your dog has reached full maturity. You can opt to compare notes with your breeder to see how large their other dogs have gotten. However, sometimes it is best just to let nature run its course.
Proper nutrition is the foundation of good health in every living being. Nutrition determines how large or small your dog becomes. However, this does not mean your dog becomes bigger if you overfeed them. This often just leads to obesity, which can pave the way to a lot of preventable diseases, including painful orthopedic ones.
You should make sure your dog gets enough milk from its mother in the first eight weeks of its life. After they have made the transition to puppy food, they must eat meals that are appropriate for their age and size. Natural, dry kibble is the best option to give your dog because of the balanced amount of nutrients in every serving, so they grow up healthy and strong. Giving them vitamins and minerals also ensures they are healthy while they are growing.
Growth Spurts And Plateaus
It’s possible for there to be growth spurts and plateaus at any point during your dog’s growth period. These either speed up or slow down growth, and there won’t be much you can do about it. Expecting growth spurts to happen is unrealistic because they are random by nature unless you are looking at the earlier months of your dog’s life.
Understand your dog is doing its best to grow up at their own pace. By giving them the care they need, you are ensuring that your dog is growing to its full potential. If you are alarmed by excessive or stunted growth, take your dog to a veterinarian to see if they are growing up properly.
Neutering And Spaying
Spaying or neutering your dog at an early point in their life is not going to do much to stunt their growth. However, their joints may be affected. There are studies that show that early neutering and spaying may have an effect on your dog’s growth plate. This may delay its closure and make your dog grow a bit taller than it normally would. This may sound like it could be a good thing, but it actually predisposes your dog to joint disease in their later years. You should ask your veterinarian when the best time is to neuter or spay your pup.
The final factor to consider when it comes to your dog’s growth is its overall physical health. If your puppy has gotten sick early in its life and has stayed sick for an extended period of time, it may have stunted growth. Poor health is a hindrance to your dog’s body reaching its fullest potential, so always bring your dog in for their routine checkups to ensure their health.
Injury may also be a cause of delay in your dog’s growth. You should take care not to let your dog overexert themselves during exercise and playtime as they grow up. Giving them a lot of room to play, so they don’t accidentally injure themselves is a great idea to keep them safe.
Frequently Asked Questions
Let’s answer some of the most frequently asked questions from Siberian Husky owners who may be concerned about their dogs’ growth. Watching your dog grow up is a privilege, but certain parts of their growth may make us anxious as loving pet parents. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions. If we didn’t answer your question, feel free to leave it in the comments below.
When will my Siberian Husky stop growing?
They start their growth period growing up very quickly in the first few months and then slowing down near the one-year mark. While they may be as rambunctious as a puppy for the rest of their life, physical growth stops when your dog reaches around 15 months old. Siberian Huskies reach their adult height at 12 months old but may gain a few more pounds before their second birthday.
How fast can I expect my Siberian Husky to grow?
Your dog grows up quite fast, particularly in the early months. They can sometimes grow more than 10 pounds in a month when they are very young, which is very impressive. Your dog may also experience growth spurts and plateaus, which can speed up or slow down growth. Take a look at your dog’s parents to get a rough idea of how big your dog is going to be, but that’s not guaranteed.
Many dogs can start small and grow up to be much more significant. There is also a chance your dog may be larger than their littermates but then hit a plateau and stop growing as fast. Every dog is an individual, so try not to have too exact expectations.
Will my puppy experience growing pains?
Studies show that dogs do not experience growing pains while they are pups. However, your dog can develop orthopedic conditions that can bring pain. If you notice your dog limping, or see swelling, a strange gait, and a hesitance to join normally engaging activities, then you should consult your veterinarian. This way, your puppy can get back to growing up healthily in no time at all. Try not to let your dog injure themselves. Monitor their exercise and playtime as much as possible. Injury can be a source of pain, so take care only to let your dog handle themselves safely and healthily.
What are some conditions common to growing Siberian Huskies?
One common condition your dog may be predisposed to as they grow up is hip dysplasia. This is a disease where your dog’s thigh bone does not fit properly into their hip socket. This can cause a lot of pain and often leads to degenerative arthritis later on in life. You can spot hip dysplasia in your dog if you notice limping, strange posture, or an unusual way of walking.
You should bring your dog to the vet when they are two years old to check if they have developed hip dysplasia. Fortunately, good breeders screen for hip dysplasia and do not allow any dogs who have it to breed. If you have received your dog from a responsible breeder, then they are likely safe from hip dysplasia.
What do I do if my Siberian Husky isn’t the correct weight?
If you find your Husky is not at the weight you want, it’s a good idea to see if they are truly overweight or underweight. Numbers don’t always indicate if your dog is at reasonable body weight or not. They also gain more weight as they grow older. To test if your dog is overweight or underweight, check its ribs.
You should not see them, as this is a clear indicator that your dog is dangerously underweight. You should be able to feel the ribs, not immediately, but by applying light pressure when pressing down on them. This must be corrected with diet and exercise. Underweight dogs need immediate veterinary assistance since they may need to be dewormed in case of internal parasites. Ultimately, you should consult your veterinarian for treatment plans for your overweight or underweight Husky.
Siberian Huskies are fun-loving, loyal dogs with beautiful features. Ensuring they grow up healthy and strong is up to you. Having the right information on hand really smooths the bumps in this process.
It’s good that you have done your research to understand your Siberian Husky’s growth so you are prepared. Getting to know the different growth factors also soothes anxieties. Our final recommendation is to bring your puppy in for its routine checkups at the vet. This way, you can closely monitor if your dog is growing to its full potential.