How Many Puppies Can A Husky Have? (Veterinary Answer)

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If you’ve recently found out that your husky is expecting, you’ll likely be wondering how many puppies are on the way; but how many puppies can a husky have exactly?

On average, a husky will have between four and six puppies per litter. As with all things in nature, this number can vary, and a husky can have less or even more than six puppies in a litter.

Keep reading to learn about husky pregnancy, including the factors affecting litter size and much more.

Factors That Affect How Many Puppies A Husky Can Have

So, is there any way to influence the number of puppies a husky has? Reputable breeders have become very good at predicting their husky’s litter size by assessing several variables:


A healthy husky is likelier to have a larger litter than a husky with a medical condition.

Keeping the pregnant husky healthy is also essential for ensuring the puppies can grow without problems and reduce the risk of stillbirth.


Overweight huskies are likelier to have smaller litters than those who maintain a healthy weight.

Female huskies should weigh around 35 to 50 lbs when fully grown, but there is a lot of variation there, especially with huskies that are not from breeders who stick to the standard strictly.


Age is perhaps the most critical factor in litter size. Huskies typically have the biggest litter between 3 and 5 years old.

Any older or younger than this and your husky may only produce one or two puppies per litter.

Number of Litters

It is not uncommon for a Husky to have fewer puppies in their first litter compared to subsequent pregnancies.

A husky puppy next to its mother

To optimize the number of puppies in a litter, breeders will keep their huskies in prime health and will consult vets regularly to ensure the expectant mothers are receiving the nutrients they need throughout the pregnancy.

How Many Puppies Can A Husky Have The First Time?

As we have previously mentioned, it is not uncommon for huskies to produce fewer puppies during their first litter.

During the first litter, breeders can expect an average of four puppies. Once again, it is normal for a first-time mother to produce more or less than this as several factors can affect litter size.

If the husky’s first pregnancy happens during their ‘adolescent’ years (under the age of three), there is an increased chance for them to have only one or two puppies.

All huskies are different, however, and some may consistently produce large litters right from the beginning, whilst others may only have small litters. As long as all the puppies and the mother are healthy, there is no problem with this.

How Many Puppies Can A Husky Have The Second Time?

You can usually expect a husky litter to be larger the second time.

So, if the first litter had 1 to 2 puppies, the second would likely be in the average range of 4 to 6.

This isn’t an exact rule, though; it is just what is commonly seen across most huskies. It depends on the mother’s age, as well as her overall health and condition.

How Many Times Can A Husky Get Pregnant?

So, just how many litters can a husky have? The reality is that a husky can fall pregnant at every heat cycle if there is an unneutered male dog around.

We hope it is evident that this is not advised, as it gives the husky mom no time to recover between pregnancies and increases the risk of pregnancy-related health complications.

Reputable breeders typically breed their huskies every 18 months or so, meaning a husky can have up to 5 litters in its lifetime. Leaving this gap between pregnancies puts significantly less strain on the mother and gives them plenty of time to recover.

Nursing puppies is difficult for a husky mother, so it’s important to let them recover both physically and mentally between pregnancies.

This will ensure she has the best attitude towards caring for her puppies once they arrive and her body is well-rested in preparation.

A mother husky with her puppies

Interestingly, a husky mother who is carefully bred every 18 months will produce more puppies than a husky who is bred as often as possible.

This is because their bodies are much healthier, allowing them to produce larger litter sizes than overworked huskies.

We should add here that we firmly believe in leaving breeding to the professionals. Pregnancy is taxing for husky mothers, and reputable breeders can give them the care and attention they need to remain happy and healthy.

We understand that breeding is important for maintaining the husky breed standard, but with so many huskies ending up in shelters in recent years, we always recommend getting your huskies neutered as soon as possible.

How Long Are Huskies Pregnant?

All dog breeds have roughly the same length of pregnancy and will reach the different stages of pregnancy at the same time. The average total length of pregnancy for a husky, from conception to birth, is 63 days.

As with humans, this can vary slightly between individual dogs, and some huskies may give birth sooner or later than the 63-day mark.

Visible pregnancy signs can appear from as early as day 14, when the pregnant husky’s stomach will start to look bloated. At around day 25-30, you may be able to feel the puppies!

If you think your husky might be pregnant, we advise you to take them to the vet, who will be able to ultrasound them (25 days after mating) or give them a blood test (5 weeks after mating) to confirm their pregnancy.


It should come as no surprise that we get a lot of questions about husky pregnancies, so here’s a collection of answers to some more specific questions about the topic.

Can A Husky Have 8 or 10 Puppies?

It is possible for a husky to have a litter of 8 or 10 puppies, although this would be very rare and also very taxing for the mother.

4 to 6 puppies is the most common number seen, with eight being on the higher end and ten considered an unusually large litter.

What Is The Largest Husky Puppy Litter?

It’s hard to know precisely what the largest husky puppy litter ever recorded is.

We know that the largest litter of any dog is recorded at 24, but we wouldn’t expect a husky’s litter to reach this size. Somewhere between 10 and 20 is probably more accurate, but it cannot be said with certainty.

In Summary

In conclusion, a healthy husky will have between 4 and 6 puppies per litter, but it is not unusual for them to have more or less depending on their circumstances.

A husky’s first litter will usually have fewer puppies than subsequent litters. We always advise leaving breeding to the professionals, as it takes a lot of dedication and knowledge to do it safely.

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About The Author

Caitlin is the owner and lead writer for The Malamute Mom. She has over 10 years of experience with Alaskan Malamutes and Huskies. She is currently working on getting her PhD in materials science but continues to write for The Malamute Mom in her spare time.

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