If you have a husky puppy or are considering getting one, an important question is when do they stop growing? When do huskies reach their fully-grown size and how big do they actually 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?
Both male and female Huskies reach their full height by 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, muscle, and general mass 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. The reason is that height growth would have typically stopped by this age and if it hasn’t, will increase only slightly.
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.
|Age||Weight (lbs)||Height (Inches)|
||10-25 lbs||10-12 Inches|
||25 – 40 lbs||12-15 Inches|
|6-8 Months||40 – 50 lbs||15-19 Inches|
|8-10 Months||50 – 55 lbs||19-22 Inches|
||55 – 60 lbs||22-24 Inches|
|+ 1 Year||+ 60 lbs||24 Inches|
|Age||Weight (lbs)||Height (Inches)|
||10-25 lbs||10-12 Inches|
||25 – 38 lbs||12-14 Inches|
|6-8 Months||38 – 46 lbs||14-16 Inches|
|8-10 Months||46 – 50 lbs||16-18 Inches|
||50 – 55 lbs||18-20 Inches|
|+ 1 Year||+ 55 lbs||20-22 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?
Huskies are actually considered a medium-sized breed, despite many people assuming they are “big dogs”.
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.
Some of the biggest purebred huskies may reach up to 24 inches in height and 65-70lbs in weight. Although this is uncommon and is larger than the average.
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.
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
I’m going to run through a summary of the information given in the article as an easily-to-read FAQ guide. The answers will be short and concise.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
In terms of reproduction, female huskies can get pregnant from as young as 6 months of age although this isn’t recommended. Males are capable of breeding earlier than this, but again it isn’t recommended. More info
4. 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.
So there you have it! You now know that huskies reach their full height by 18 months, but will continue to fill out in weight and mass until 2-3 years old.
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