When Do Huskies Stop Growing? Here’s The Answer

Huskies are a popular breed of dog, known for their adorable faces and gentle personalities. But one question that often comes up is how big do huskies get, and when do they stop growing? 

Dogs are just like people in that they come in all shapes and sizes. Some dogs are short and squat while others are long and lanky. And, just like people, some dogs keep growing until they reach their full adult size, while others sometimes stop growing when they are younger.

So when do huskies stop growing? How do you help your husky grow strong and healthy? We find out.

When Do Huskies Stop Growing?

While the timeline for growth varies greatly between individual dogs, huskies will generally reach their full height between 12 and 18 months and sometimes right up until their second birthday.

Even after that, many huskies will continue to develop into adulthood and might even gain a bit more weight or bulk as they mature. Just like people, it can be difficult to exactly determine how tall or heavy your husky will become until he has reached his full adult size.

However, there is still a way to get a rough idea of how your husky will look.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) has official height and weight guidelines for each breed of canine, which can give you an approximate idea of what your husky might look like when he is fully grown.

According to the AKC the below is the average height and weight for a full-grown husky:

  • Female Height: 20″-22″ (55-58 cm)
  • Male Height: 21″-23.5″ (57-60 cm)
  • Female Weight: 35-50 lb (16-20 kg)
  • Male Weight: 45-60 lbs (20-25 kg)

How To Estimate How Much Bigger Your Husky Will Get?


One consideration is the size of the parents. If both of your huskies are small to medium-sized dogs, likely, your dog will also be a small to medium-sized adult.

puppy with adult siberian husky outdoors

If both the parents were large dogs, then your husky is more likely to grow large as well.


Another consideration is what size your dog was when he hit his first-year mark. If he was very big for his age at 12 months, then he is likely to grow much larger than the standard husky size. 

If he was somewhat small for his age at 12 months, then he might not end up being any taller or heavier than the average husky size.

Paw size

A useful way to estimate how big your husky will be is to look at what size his paws are. The larger the paw, the bigger he is likely to be when fully grown. If he had really big feet around the age of one, then he might end up being larger than average or taller at least.

Husky Growth & Weight Chart

AgeWeight (Male)Height (Male)Weight (Female)Height (Female)
2-410-25 lbs10-12 inches10-25 lbs10-25 inches
4-625-40 lbs12-15 inches25-38 lbs12-14 inches
6-840-50 lbs15-19 inches38-46 lbs14-16 inches
8-1050-55 lbs19-22 inches46-50 lbs16-18 inches
10-1255-60 lbs22-24 inches50-55 lbs18-20 inches
1 year +60 lbs +24 inches 55 lbs +20-22 inches

Husky Growth Timeline – What To Expect When Growing

Newborns (0 – 8 weeks)

As you would expect with newborns, they aren’t yet ready to play and be active. Although they may squirm and feel for Mom, they are still not able to communicate with you or their littermates.

They will start to see the world around them in about two to four weeks.

From 3-8 weeks their eyes begin to open. At this point, they are gaining a bit of mobility and can crawl around a little bit, though it’s usually just backwards.

Mommy is still feeding them at this stage, and they are not yet eating any solid food.

Socialization phase (8 – 20 weeks)

8 weeks marks the beginning of a very important stage in your little one’s life – being weaned from their mother. At this point, expect to have an increase in activity level and eating habits.

Your dog may also start mimicking you by barking or making other noises if he hears you speak.

Husky growth spurts depend on the dog. Some grow quickly and steadily while others take their sweet time! However, you can expect to see a significant increase in puppy growth starting at 14-16 weeks of age.

You will also notice that your little one might start developing some distinct behaviors now. For example, they often show an increased interest in food, teething might start, and they begin to engage in play with toys.

Puppyhood (3 – 6 months)

At this stage, your little one will start learning some good behaviors that will help him as he matures. Training begins at this point, and you can expect to see some amazing growth spurts in the coming months.

Socialization and attempting obedience training with a husky at this age are important because it helps them develop into well-behaved adults. This is when they truly start to learn what you expect of them.

You may also notice your little one starting to act very much like a dog now! For example, they will likely develop hunting instincts and might become fascinated with small animals or anything else that moves.

Nearing Adulthood (6 – 12 months)

Between 6-12 months, your little one will experience big growth spurts. If they were smaller than the average breed at birth, then expect to see them grow between 8-10 pounds or so in just a few weeks.

brown siberian husky puppy

At this stage, you also might notice that your husky is getting more “in tune” with his surroundings. For example, he might start marking his territory by lifting a leg on objects like couches or bushes around your house. He or she is still learning so expect them to make a few mistakes.

Your dog may also begin to tear and chew his toys or other objects, so be sure to keep an eye on this behavior.

Taking your husky for walks during this stage is important because it helps them burn off some of that extra energy they have built up. It also avoids boredom, which can cause problems, and builds a bond between the two of you.

Adult ( 1 -3 years)

From 12 months old to three years old, your Husky puppy can be considered a human teenager! There is still a little puppy boisterousness, and pushing boundaries and testing limits are normal for this stage.

You will also see another rapid increase in their weight, which should be around 50-60 pounds given their age. Your dog might also “hulk up” meaning that he bulks up with muscle very quickly.

This is the point where your puppy starts to become more comfortable in his surroundings and begins to learn what is expected of him.

Remember, however, that huskies were originally trained to work dogs and require a lot of exercise.

How To Help Your Husky Grow Strong & Healthy

Helping your Husky puppy grow does not have to be a challenge and it should be a fun experience for the both of you. Providing him with the best chances in life can ensure that your furry friend has a long and healthy life.

Here are 3 key things you should do to help your pup grow strong and healthy.

#1 Exercise

Always provide your puppy with plenty of exercise and training, even if they are tired. This will help them learn more quickly while also strengthening your relationship with one another.

Huskies have high energy levels and need a lot of physical activities. If you do not provide your pup with enough exercise, then they will end up exerting their energy in other ways such as chewing on furniture or negative behavior.

Exposing them to new places is important because it gives them more experiences to interact with their surroundings. Plus, this helps socialize your puppy to new places, people, and other dogs.

Providing consistent exercise from an early age helps them build good habits that will last for the rest of their lives.

#2 Eating Healthy 

Feeding your husky the best possible food is important to help them grow strong and healthy. A good diet provides them with all of the amino acids, minerals, and nutrients that they need in order to develop.

In addition to their regular food, be sure to add supplements such as multivitamins and fatty acids. This not only helps them develop physically but also improves their brain function.

#3 Avoid Overfeeding Him

Your puppy is going to grow fast, so it is important that you provide him with a diet that will support this growth while also being free from extra calories.

Siberian huskies tend to gain weight if not properly fed and supervised.

Avoid overfeeding your pup to avoid them packing on too much weight, which can lead to problems in the future such as diseases and joint pain.

In addition, you should feed your pup on a regular routine. This will avoid them developing bad habits such as begging for food whenever you sit down to eat.

How To Avoid Risks Of Huskies Growing Too Fast Or Stunted Growth

Put Attention To Their Diet

Husky puppies grow quickly, and you should ensure that they are getting the proper nutrients in their diet.

siberian husky puppies eating on colorful plastic bowls

Not feeding your puppy with a balanced diet can lead to stunted growth or even bone deformities such as hip dysplasia.

If you are unsure, you should consult your veterinarian about the best possible food options for your pup. This way, you can provide them with the nutrients they need without overfeeding them.

Avoid Too Much Exercise

Despite their high energy levels, you should not over-exercise your pup.

Exercise is good for them and will help them burn off excess calories and avoid weight gain. However, exercising too much can put unnecessary stress on their body and cause bone deformities such as hip dysplasia.

To give them the right amount of exercise, play games with them that focus on running rather than jumping.

This will help avoid joint issues down the line, especially if you are planning to hike or run long distances together.

Avoid Too Early Neutering Or Spaying

Most people recommend that you should wait until your female Husky matures before spaying or neutering them.

Spaying and neutering pups at an early age has been linked to bone deformities such as hip dysplasia.

Additionally, neutering pups can also cause weight gain because the hormones that are removed affect appetite and metabolism.

If you are planning for this procedure, then consult with your veterinarian about when is the best time for this.

People Also Ask

How Big Do Huskies Get Full Grown?

A full-grown male Siberian husky usually weighs from 60 pounds and upwards while a full-grown female weighs about 50-55 pounds. In relation to height, a full-grown male husky stands 24 inches tall while a female husky is on average 21 inches tall.

How Long Does It Take For A Husky To Be Fully Grown?

An average Siberian husky takes between 1 to 2 years or more to be fully grown both in terms of height and weight. It is important to note that some huskies are fully-grown at 18 months of age. It will vary depending on the breed and genes.

How Can I Tell How Big My Husky Will Get?

You can have a rough estimate of their mature size based on the parents’ size and breed. Additionally, when they are 1 year old, you can gauge their size based on their paw size. Also, the dog’s gender affects its growth. For instance, a male husky can reach up to 24 inches while a female will only be around 21 inches tall.


A husky’s growth is impressive to witness, and with the right nutrition and care, your pup can grow into a strong and healthy dog.

Be patient as your husky grows; it may take up to two years for them to reach their full size.

Continue providing plenty of exercise, fresh air, and good food so that your furry friend can reach their maximum potential. 

They will provide you with many years of joy and love, making it all worth the effort. If you have any issues with your husky’s growth or development, always consult with your veterinarian. 

Do you own a Husky? Let us know its growth progress and its behavior during growth.

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Lovelia Horn

I’m a certified crazy dog mom, a physical therapist (for hoomans), writer, animal rescuer, and foster home provider. Together with my hubby Ryan, I’ve fostered and helped look for forever homes for over a hundred shelter dogs in the Southern Illinois area. I mostly work with Puppy Rescue 911, Inc., a certified animal rescue organization based out of Chester, IL (home of Popeye!)

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