How Do I Get My Siberian Husky to Gain Weight?

One of the most common questions that we have received over the past few months is how to get a Siberian Husky to gain weight.  In order to answer this question, you have to remember that not all dogs are the same and will react differently to the tricks that have worked in the past that get the dogs to eat their food to maintain a healthy weight.

Sibes are what we call grazers by nature.  It is rare to have a Siberian Husky that will eat a complete bowl of dog food at one sitting.  Normally this breed will return to their food bowl multiple times per day to take a few bites then walk away.  Some owners report that their Siberian Husky will go an entire day without eating at all.  This is actually normal for this breed and there is no need to be alarmed, unless the dog's weight starts to drop.

The healthy weight for an average size male Sibe is between 45 and 60 pounds.  The healthy weight for a female Siberian Husky is between 40 to 50 pounds.  Anything within that range is considered a good weight for these dogs.

If you are concerned that your Siberian Husky is underweight, there are a few easy suggestions to follow to help the dog gain weight.  These are some of the things that I did for Sophie when I adopted her years ago.  She was severely underweight when I adopted her, 29 pounds, and I had to try quite a few different things to get her to stop grazing and actually eat her food.

Tips for Getting a Siberian Husky to Gain Weight

 

  • Add 1/2 can of canned dog food to the dry food when feeding.  A high quality canned dog food like Taste of the Wild Wetlands will add nutritional value and increase the allure of the smell of the food for the dog usually prompting them to eat the entire bowl of food.
  • Add scrambled eggs to the dry food.  This will again increase the allure of the food through the dog's sense of smell.  Eggs are high in protein and hard boiled eggs also make excellent treats.
  • Add homemade, unseasoned broth to the dry food.  Bones boiled in water for a few hours make an excellent addition to a Sibe's dry dog food.  Make sure it is unseasoned and only add a few tablespoons at a time.  You want a strong broth smell in the bowl that will prompt the dog to eat the entire bowl.
Once the dog has eaten the entire bowl, refill it for them so they can graze until their next meal time if they want to.

Other Reasons Why the Dog May Not be Gaining Weight

 

Some things to watch for when your Siberian Husky starts to lose weight:

  • Parasites can cause a dog to lose weight even when the dog eats a healthy amount of dog food.  You will want to have your vet check the dog for parasites if they are losing weight.
  • The dog's teeth may need attention.  Just like humans, a Siberian Husky can have dental problems that will make eating painful.  Check the dog's teeth on a regular basis to make sure there is no tartar buildup around the gum line and that the dog's gums are a rosy pink color.  Having the dog's teeth checked by the vet at their yearly checkup is a good idea to prevent dental issues in the future.
  • Stress can cause any breed of dog to lose weight.  If you have recently moved, changed working hours, added a new pet or child to the family or made any changes in the dog's schedule, it can stress the dog out to the point where they lose weight through digestive issues.  
  • Feeding a poor quality dog food.   
 

Siberian Husky Diet Requirements

 

The Siberian Husky is a very high energy dog that doesn't like to eat as much as you would think.  The Sibe diet requirements are a little different from other dog breeds.  They need to eat a high quality dog food.

When you go to pick out the dog's food, read the ingredients label.  Meat should be the first ingredient on the list.  If the dog food label lists corn or anything else other than meat, do NOT feed it to your Husky because the food is not going to meet the protein needs of your dog and the dog may start to have health and weight problems.

Protein is king in the Siberian Husky diet.  It is important in their daily dry dog food, any additional things you may add to that food to get them to eat it and it is also important in choosing their treats.  You can read my article on this site for choosing the right treats for a Siberian Husky here.

As always, if you have any questions or just love the Siberian Husky dog breed, join us on Facebook.  Ask your questions, share photos, stories and videos of your Sibe with other Siberian Husky owners and fanciers around the world!
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  3. Ok my husky is 7 months old last time he was at the vet he was 30 lbs I believe. He eats and I've tried a ton of things but he's a very picky eater. He's not gaining weight like I want him to. I can feel his backbone and hips sometimes. Is this right? Any suggestions other than what is posted above? I'm running out of options lol

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    1. Huskies come in all shapes and sizes my girl is 2 and is 30lbs. done everything nutritionally she's had blood tests stool tests etc. As long as they're healthy and not lethargic don't worry. some huskies don't fully develop until 4 years old.

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  4. My husky weighs 74lbs but he is also bigger than most huskys. He passed their height range when he was 8 months, he is now 2 years. I feel like he is too skinny amd needs to put on weight. I can feel his bones as well sometimes

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  5. My husky weighs 74lbs but he is also bigger than most huskys. He passed their height range when he was 8 months, he is now 2 years. I feel like he is too skinny amd needs to put on weight. I can feel his bones as well sometimes

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  10. I have a sweet siberian husky. she is 1yr old this month. she weighs 68 lbs. her mother was 85 and father 100. she is such a picky eater. she goes through a huge log of freshpet turkey and will hardly eat dry food. she loves eggs and chicken,chicken broth,peas and sweet potatoes. I feel she needs to gain a little more weight since I can feel her backbone.

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  11. I have a sweet siberian husky. she is 1yr old this month. she weighs 68 lbs. her mother was 85 and father 100. she is such a picky eater. she goes through a huge log of freshpet turkey and will hardly eat dry food. she loves eggs and chicken,chicken broth,peas and sweet potatoes. I feel she needs to gain a little more weight since I can feel her backbone.

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  12. I just recently adopted a 1 year old Siberian Husky. She is SUPER HYPER but is so skinny. I used to be able to feel her rib cage...not so much lately but it makes me uncomfortable petting her because I can feel her spine. She doesn't eat that much...she's so picky but will devour some human food if it falls on the floor. I am using Blue Wilderness wet and dry dog food to feed her. I've only had her a month so maybe she will put on more weight :-) Thank you for sharing!!

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  13. What about peanut butter? It's fatty right? For us n dogs.

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