Huskies can be a hassle to deal with when they’re in their growth phase. Your dog will get larger every day, filling more space and dropping more vases as he moves around the house!
But when do huskies stop growing?
They stop growing when they reach their full height, which is often around 18 months of age. However, they can still gain weight, even after they fully mature.
Here’s everything you need to know about your husky’s growth phase.
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When Do Huskies Stop Growing?
Huskies stop gaining height when they’re around 12–18 months old because that’s when they’re fully grown. This means you’ll stop seeing significant changes in their physical form and behavior. From then on, they’ll only gain weight, which doesn’t stop until they’re three years old, give or take.
Male huskies usually stop gaining height at 21–23.5 inches, while females only reach 20–22 inches, then their growth comes to a halt.
Further reading: How big does a husky get?
Husky Size Chart: Male & Female
Each dog breed grows at its own rate. For example, Golden Retrievers are known for their fast growth, while huskies’ growth slows after the first six months.
Here’s a chart for male vs female husky sizes during their growth phase so you know what to expect:
Husky Height Chart
|Male Husky Height
|Female Husky Height
Husky Weight Chart
|Male Husky Weight
|Female Husky Weight
A Breakdown of Huskies’ Growth Phase
Huskies pass through multiple milestones during their growth phase, which you can use to track their growth and learn when it’ll stop. Here’s a roundup of the important milestones:
The Puppy Phase: 4-24 Weeks
Dogs often show the most significant behavioral changes during the first six months of their lives. That’s when huskies start teething and become more active. They also grow taller and gain some weight, but most of the growth happens during the next phase.
The Growth Phase: 6-12 Months
Huskies grow the most during this phase, and many dogs reach their full height at the end of their first year.
When your dog is around ten months old, it’ll start gaining noticeable weight, and the puppy coat will be old news. You’ll start noticing a new coat replacing it, covered in thicker hair, but it won’t fully appear until 14-16 months.
Aside from the appearance, your dog’s behavior will also change. They’ll be more active and sociable, making it the most suitable phase to start training them.
The Adulthood Phase: 12 Months and Older
Most dogs complete their physical growth by 12-18 months of age. When your dog is 20-23.5 inches tall, that means they have reached full maturity and probably won’t gain any height after that.
The dog will also respond better to training and treats, and you may notice that they’re becoming more active.
During this phase, it’s essential to adjust how much huskies should eat according to their physical changes. They’ll need larger meals to compensate for the higher activity level. At the same time, since they won’t be growing taller, they won’t need to eat at the same frequency. You’ll likely start providing fewer meals throughout the day.
About Huskies’ Size: Breed Standard
Huskies, or Siberian huskies as they’re officially called, are recognized by the American Kennel Club. This doesn’t only mean their lineage is tracked, but it also means they conform to standards set by the registry organization.
To many people’s surprise, the Siberian husky is classified as a medium-sized breed.
The breed standard for huskies’ size is 21-23.5 inches for males and 20-22 inches for females. As for the weight, it’s 45-60 pounds for males and 35-50 pounds for females.
If a dog grows taller than the breed standard, it’ll probably be disqualified from official competitions because they don’t fit within the breed’s limits. However, there’s nothing to worry about; each dog grows differently, and a slightly larger or smaller dog isn’t necessarily unhealthy.
The right way to measure your dog’s height is to measure it from the ground up to the withers, the highest point of the shoulder blades.
So, When Do Huskies Stop Growing?
They keep growing until 12-18 months; that’s when they reach their full height and shed their puppy coat. After that, they’ll only gain weight without growing taller.
Some dogs stop growing at the one-year mark, but most of them keep getting taller for a couple of more months.
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Frequently Asked Questions
If you still have some doubts about your husky’s growth rate, here are some answers to frequently asked questions that may help:
How do I know how big my husky will grow?
If you want to estimate your husky’s full size, you can take a look at his paws. Paw size is often an indication of how big a dog will get.
Large or oversized paws may indicate that a dog will grow larger than average.
Other than paw size, if you bought your dog from a breeder, you can ask them about the estimated height and weight. Breeders are often able to predict these measurements because they have the full history of the parents.
Do huskies grow fast?
Huskies aren’t classified as fast growers. They grow fast during their first 6 months, but their growth significantly slows down afterward. They stop growing at around 12-18 months.
Do huskies change appearance as they grow?
Yes, you’ll notice significant changes in your husky as they’re growing. For example, all huskies are born with bright blue eyes, but they often change during the first month to the final color.
On top of that, huskies shed their puppy coat around 10 months, then a thicker, longer one grows around 14 months.