Honestly, in the beginning, I had no idea what was the right amount to be giving the little wolf pups. But over time I realized how to make feeding husky puppies simple.
Oftentimes we overcomplicate puppy feeding so this article should help you out.
How much should you feed your husky puppy?
How much you feed your husky puppy depends on the brand of food you are using, their overall activity levels, and their age.
For those using high-quality kibbles that prioritize protein and fat over carbs, 2 cups per day will provide enough calories for steady growth. These 2 cups should be split up into 3 meals throughout the day.
2 cups of puppy food from brands like Orijen, Taste of The Wild, Acana, and Wellness will provide the right amount of calories and contain a favorable macronutrient breakdown (high protein, fat, low carbs). Let’s talk about calories below.
How many calories do husky puppies need?
To really get a good understanding of what’s too little or too much, we must know the daily calorie requirement to support a growing husky pup.
In general husky puppies need anywhere between 850-1250 calories per day depending on activity levels to be healthy and grow without issues.
It’s super important to remember, though, the required amount of calories can vary drastically depending on how active your pup is. For most husky pups 850 calories will suffice, but for those that are very active, 1250 will be more appropriate.
Are you giving your puppy enough food?
I know one thing I was particularly concerned about is if I’m giving enough…
Firstly, check the calories you are giving. In most cases, 2 cups of high-quality kibble will be around 850-950 calories. If the kibble is too low in fat or protein, the same 2 cups may equal fewer calories than this, and that would likely be insufficient.
Secondly, how’s your husky doing? Is she gaining weight and size on a weekly basis? It can be a little hard to monitor daily changes, but you should see positive growth on a weekly basis (weight chart below). If you’re not already making note of weekly weights, it’s certainly worth doing.
Ways to know you’re giving enough food:
- Their daily food (not treats) contains at least 850 calories total
- Your pup is getting on well and digesting his food without concern
- Your pup is gaining weight on a weekly basis
When to give your husky more food?
As your husky reaches 10-12 months their exercise requirements will increase and he’ll be craving longer, more intense runs. This is fine, but his calorie intake will need to be bumped up a little to support his growth and recovery.
So what’s the difference of calories that a puppy needs compared to an adult? I’m glad you asked!
Most adult huskies need around 1250-1750 calories per day depending on exercise levels. As your puppy reaches 10-12 months and moves on to an adult formula, it’s crucial his calories get bumped up a tad too.
It’s important to remain consistent for a while to see how a small change may affect your pup’s weight. If you’re providing a noticeable increase in exercise and your pup is over 10 months of age, raise his calories to around 1000-1200 for at least a few weeks to see how this change affects him.
Ideally, weight gain should continue at a slow and steady pace and his appetite shouldn’t suddenly fall off a cliff!
Weight gain should also slow down by the time your husky is around 18 months. If your husky is still piling on the pounds at a considerable rate by this age, this could indicate the calories are too high. By 18 months, most huskies should reach a plateau on their weight, especially females. Males may continue to add mass but it should be at a very slow rate.
Use the correct treats
Treats are an essential tool for training and effectively communicating with your husky pup before they really understand our verbal cues.
The problem, though, is that many dog treats are way too calorie-dense and filling. This is why a lot of owners have trouble with their husky pup refusing food. The treats they receive throughout the day are heavy enough to spoil their appetite. And this is not what we want!
The nutrition from your husky’s puppy formula is spot on, and we never want to ruin that with treats.
The best kind of treats for your husky pup is either all-natural dog treats like Zukes Mini Naturals (which contain only 1-3 calories per treat) or very small morsels of plain boiled turkey breast (turkey over chicken as it’s not a common allergen).
Apart from that, it’s best to avoid everything else. Especially table scraps.
Husky puppy weight chart by age
You can refer to this for the average weights that your husky puppy should follow. Full guide: When huskies stop growing and how big they get.
Thanks for reading! If you have any questions be sure to send me a message.
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