In this day and age of obesity in the Western world, unfortunately, this has spilled over into the world of pets. It is not uncommon to see fat dogs out walking nowadays!
As a responsible pet owner, you will want to keep your Husky at the correct weight for its breed and gender. As the smaller of the two, your female Husky will weigh less on average than a male Husky.
So, what is the average female Husky weight? Read on to learn the answer to this question, and to learn about how big a Husky can get, what the full size for a Husky is some general information about Husky size, and some tips on walking the powerful female Husky.
How Big Should My Female Husky Be?
The average full-grown adult female Husky should weigh in at around 35 to 51 pounds (16 to 23 kilograms.) This weight estimated is based on a bitch who stands at 20 to 22 inches (50 to 56 centimeters) at the shoulder.
If your female Husky weighs anything less, and you may need to increase her calorie intake. Anything more, and you may be overfeeding your female Husky.
If you are unsure, have a veterinarian check out your dog. They can advise you on the best course of action to take, to get things back on track.
A good tip to remember is, if you cannot see the dog’s ribs from the aerial view over the dog’s back, then it is overweight. You should still be able to feel the dog’s ribs with your fingers when you run them down the dog’s side. The ribs should have some flesh covering them though.
If all you can feel is skin on bone, the dog is too thin. Similarly, if you can see the dog’s vertebrae, it is underweight.
How Big Can A Husky Get?
Despite being a strong dog in the Working Dog category, the Husky is fairly compact when you consider what it can do. Huskies are more of a medium-sized breed, with the Alaskan Malamute being a larger breed with similar physical characteristics.
In terms of a full-sized Husky, male Huskies weigh more than their female counterparts, and they are taller too. The average healthy male Husky measures 21 to 24 inches (54 to 60 centimeters) in height at the shoulder, and will weigh 44 to 60 pounds (20 to 27 kilograms), when it has reached full size.
At What Age Is A Husky At Its Full Size?
Huskies attain their full size in terms of both height and weight when they are around one year of age. The most rapid growth takes place from birth to the age of six months. So enjoy holding that tiny little puppy on your lap whilst you can!
It can take a Husky two years to ‘fill out’ and attain its adult weight.
Male Huskies take longer to grow into their full adult size than female Huskies. This can take up to three years!
You can discover more about the differences between male and female Huskies in the next video.
Some Tips On The Female Husky
Walking Your Husky
Despite being smaller than the male, a full-size Husky bitch is a very powerful animal. This needs to be kept in mind when walking your female Husky.
Expect her to be strong, and to want to pull hard on the leash! This is what she has been bred to do. Therefore it is really important that you leash train your female Husky whilst she is still a pup. You can take your female Husky to puppy school, or enlist the services of a professional dog trainer if you are in doubt.
Otherwise, you could end up with a menace on your hands. A full-grown Husky bitch who does not obey and cannot walk politely on-leash will cause you a lot of stress, and could potentially cause you or themselves an injury.
Husky Training Accessories
You will need to get your female Husky used to wearing a collar when she is a puppy. Choose the right size – you do not want one that is too heavy otherwise she will shirk at wearing it.
The most important thing to remember when putting a collar on your Husky puppy is that you are doing it to get her used to the feel of it, so you don’t want to put an adult collar on a puppy!
To ensure you have the collar done up on the correct notch, you should be able to comfortably slide two fingers inside it against her neck. This means it is neither so tight it will choke her, nor too loose that she can slip her collar and run away from you.
You also need a good-quality leash with a solid attachment to clip to the leash ring onto the collar. Strong stitching at the handle/loop end is important too.
Keep an eye on your Husky as she grows, so that you know when it is time to move up a collar size.
Another accessory that is recommended for the Husky is a harness. A harness is fitted to go over the dog’s back, chest and shoulders, and can be clipped to the leash at the back. These are a great option because if the dog pulls, it is less likely to hurt its throat. These have adjustable straps for maximum safety and comfort. Harnesses can be placed on your dog concurrently with her collar.
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Some Quick Takeaway Points About Husky Size:
- Adult female Huskies weigh 35 to 51 pounds (16 to 23 kilograms), and are 20 to 22 inches (50 to 56 centimeters) tall at the shoulder;
- Adult male Huskies weigh 44 to 60 pounds (20 to 27 kilograms), and stand 21 to 24 inches (54 to 60 centimeters) at the shoulder;
- Your vet can advise you if you are concerned about the size of your Husky;
- Female Huskies, while smaller than males, are still very strong dogs and require proper obedience training to walk safely on-leash;
- Good quality and correctly fitted gear including a collar, a leash, and a harness are essential to the health and happiness of your female Husky.