How Many Puppies Do Huskies Have?

by Betty Lewis
Her litter size will depend on her age, weight and overall health.

Her litter size will depend on her age, weight and overall health.

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If you're preparing for your Siberian husky's blessed event, you may wonder how many puppies to prepare for. A healthy Siberian husky averages between four and six puppies in a litter; however, that's a guideline. Your girl may have fewer than four or more than six; if you don't want to be surprised, ask the vet to estimate litter size.

Factors Influencing Litter Size

A variety of factors determine the size of a dog's litter. If your Siberian husky's mother had large litters, don't count on that for your girl; litter size is not an inherited trait. Physical condition is more influential. For example, an obese dog is more likely to have a small litter size. Litters are smaller when females are younger and when they're older than when they're 3 to 5 years old range tend to have more puppies. A bitch's physical size influences litter size; small dogs tend to have small litters and large breeds tend to have larger litters. Good nutrition is important to maximizing litter size -- but according Dr. Carmen L. Battaglia in the article "Litter Size and Singleton" on KennelSpotlight.com, adding supplements to a high-quality diet can actually decrease litter size. Your vet can give your Siberian an ultrasound after her first three weeks of pregnancy, or the vet can conduct a less-accurate count by hand as the gestation progresses.

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