Your Husky is already a proud mama, but you think she may be pregnant again and you wonder how many more times she can give birth over her lifetime. I’ll tell you ahead!
How many puppies can a Husky have in its lifetime? The average size of a Husky litter is four to six puppies, and she can give birth roughly 10 times in her lifetime, so that means a Husky can birth 40 to 60 puppies!
If you want to learn even more about Husky birth rates and litters, this is the article for you. Ahead, I’ll talk about how many puppies a Husky will birth each subsequent time she gets pregnant and how long an average Husky pregnancy lasts.
Let’s get started!
Table of Contents
- How Many Puppies Can a Husky Have the First Time She’s Pregnant? The Second Time?
- How Many Puppies Can a Husky Have Across Its Lifetime?
- Can a Husky Have 8 Puppies? What About 10 Puppies?
- How Many Puppies Can a Husky Mix Have?
- Gerberian Shepsky
- The Factors That Affect How Many Puppies a Husky Will Birth
- Number of Prior Litters
How Many Puppies Can a Husky Have the First Time She’s Pregnant? The Second Time?
Discovering your Husky is pregnant is an exciting thing, especially if this is what you intended. Whether you’re a breeder or you just want to raise a litter, naturally, you’re going to have questions.
For example, how many puppies can a Husky have the first time she gets pregnant?
On average, you can expect your pregnant Husky to birth four to six puppies in her first litter.
This is a good number of pups and may even be feasible for you to keep most if not all of them depending on the size of your home and your dog care budget.
Is a Husky’s litter size guaranteed if she gets pregnant again? How many puppies can a Husky have the second time she gets pregnant?
You should still expect four to six, but the possibility exists that your pregnant Husky could birth even more puppies. She would have to be in exceptionally good health for this to happen.
Later, I’ll talk about the factors that affect the average litter rate of a Husky, so make sure you check that out!
How Many Puppies Can a Husky Have Across Its Lifetime?
If you are a breeder, then you’ll likely be interested in breeding your Husky more than once during her lifetime. If she were bred regularly, how many puppies would she have?
Before I can answer that question, I have to answer another question. That is, how many times can a Husky get pregnant in a year?
Well, the average dog pregnancy lasts between 58 and 68 days. It’s nowhere near as long as a human pregnancy, which is 280 days.
Thus, theoretically, a Husky could give birth to two litters per year. However, this is widely regarded to be unhealthy for the dog, so let’s say your Husky will give birth to one litter per year.
Huskies must be at least two years old and have undergone two heat cycles (also known as estrus cycles) before they can give birth.
A Husky can continue giving birth–if she’s in good health, that is–until she’s 12 years old. That gives you 10 years to breed your Husky.
If your Husky gave birth to the average litter size once per year–which is four to six puppies–then over 10 years, she could birth 40 to 60 puppies.
That’s a lot of puppies!
Can a Husky Have 8 Puppies? What About 10 Puppies?
You’ll recall that the average litter size of a Husky is four to six puppies. I also said earlier that a Husky could possibly have more puppies if she’s healthy enough.
That has you wondering if a Husky could birth eight puppies or perhaps even 10 puppies.
I would say it’s unlikely but not impossible for a Husky to birth eight puppies.
I couldn’t find any instances of this having happened, but if your Husky had a track record for giving birth to six puppies on average and she was healthy, then eight wouldn’t be outside of the realm of possibility.
However, as for a Husky giving birth to 10 puppies, that doesn’t seem feasible.
If even six puppies are considered a lot for a Husky, for her to have four more puppies than average is not something you should expect.
How Many Puppies Can a Husky Mix Have?
Perhaps your dog isn’t a purebred Husky but rather, a Husky mix. How many puppies will an average Husky mix litter contain?
That answer varies a lot depending on exactly which Husky mix we’re talking about here. Let’s go over the various Husky mixes and each of their litter sizes to shape your expectations.
A Beaski is a mix of Siberian Husky and Beagle. While I couldn’t find specifics on a Beaski’s litter size, Beagles can birth one to 10 puppies per litter.
A Husky births four to six, so you can expect probably closer to five or six puppies from a Beaski and possibly more.
A Golden Retriever and Husky mix is known as a Goberian.
This cute, personable dog doesn’t birth more puppies than an average Husky, with an expected litter size of four to six adorable pups!
A Hug, as they’re called, are Pug/Husky mixes. This small, unique-looking dog isn’t one you see every day, that’s for sure!
Pugs on average birth no more than six puppies per litter, which is also the upper limit of a Husky. Thus, I would say expect six puppies max from a Hug.
One of the better-known Husky crossbreeds is the Pomsky, which is a Husky and Pomeranian mix. Pomsky litters are a little bigger than the average Husky litter, usually including five to seven sweet little puppies.
When you cross two cold-weather dogs such as the Alaskan Malamute and the Husky, you get the Alusky.
Malamutes have bigger litter sizes of six to eight puppies, but since the Alusky has Husky blood, you should probably anticipate a smaller litter of around five to six puppies at most.
The Rottsky is one head-turning dog. This Rottweiler and Husky mix is strong with great stamina, but how many puppies will one birth?
The average Rottweiler litter size is six to 12 puppies. When breeding a healthy Rottsky, prepare for at least six pups and possibly one or two more.
A Cusky is a Corgi and Siberian Husky crossbreed. This hybrid dog is friendly and feisty, not to mention very cute.
Corgis have an average litter six of six to eight dogs, which is slightly more than a Husky’s average litter. Again, anticipating six puppies at least from a pregnant Cusky seems like a safe bet.
The Gerberian Shepsky is what you get when you combine a German Shepherd with a Husky. German Shepherds can have very large litter sizes–up to 15–but eight puppies are a lot more common.
With its Husky blood, a Gerberian Shepsky might birth six puppies or possibly more.
The last Husky crossbreed is the Pitsky, a Pit Bull Terrier and Husky mix.
As I’ve written about previously, Pit Bull Terriers give birth to five puppies at a time on average. A Pitsky litter could possibly be smaller than the other Husky hybrid breeds I’ve discussed.
An average of 3 to 5 puppies per litter would be what you should expect from the first two Pitsky litters.
Any more than two litters from this particular Husky mix and the average number of puppies would likely drop to 2 to 4 pups per litter.
The Factors That Affect How Many Puppies a Husky Will Birth
As promised, I want to wrap up by discussing the factors that will determine whether your Husky will give birth to fewer than four puppies (which can happen) or more than six. These pointers would apply if yours is a Husky mix as well.
Although a Husky may experience her first estrus cycle as young as six months old (and sometimes up to a year old), you’ll recall that she must have at least two estrus cycles before she’s ready to get pregnant.
Your Husky will be around two years old then. Trying to breed her earlier can lead to disastrous consequences.
The genes she passes on to her offspring won’t be as desirable (such as genes for aggression), and she might have a harder time maintaining a healthy pregnancy.
You also have to know when to call it quits with the breeding, which is around a Husky’s 12th birthday. Your Husky could live another three years, and if she does, those must be pregnancy-free years.
Trying to put your dog through the physical rigors of pregnancy at a later age is very dangerous. Your Husky is very likely to experience complications.
Even outside of those complications, the strain she’d suffer means that her own life and the lives of the puppies would be at risk. It’s not worth it.
A Husky in good health could have a larger litter, as I’ve made clear already.
So what does it mean to be in good health? Your Husky should have no physical injuries, illnesses, diseases, or medical conditions that impact her wellbeing.
A well-balanced diet is critical to a higher puppy yield in Huskies.
Your dog should eat a nutritious diet full of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.
The diet should have some carbohydrates for energy as well as protein, healthy fats, and fiber. The fewer preservatives in your Husky’s food, the better.
Your Husky might take additional supplements to fortify her diet but talk to your vet.
Is your Husky at a healthy weight or are they overweight?
Dogs that are obese generally have smaller litters.
If you’re interested in breeding your Husky and she’s on the heavier side, it’s worth getting her weight under control first. You can do this through a combination of exercise and healthy diet.
Number of Prior Litters
A Husky’s ability to have more puppies does increase after her first litter if she is in good health, at a good weight, and isn’t too old.