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When Do Huskies Go Into Heat? (Everything Explained!)

If you’re the owner of a wonderful female Husky, then you likely have questions about her heat cycle or “season“.

I know how you feel! It can be worrying not knowing when it will happen, the signs to look out for, what to expect, and what to do…

Fear not, this article will walk you through absolutely everything you need to know about huskies in heat.

Most Huskies typically go into heat between 6-12 months of age. While most huskies enter heat within this time frame, some may have an early or late heat, which is still considered normal.

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When Do Huskies Go Into Heat?

As I mentioned above, the majority of huskies go into heat between 6 and 12 months of age.

While this accounts for most huskies, there are still some that enter their first heat before 6 months (very rare) and others that take longer than 12 months (more common).

I know some owners whose husky didn’t enter heat until 18 months.

Nothing is set in stone when it comes to their first heat. And if your husky is a little late or early, that’s completely normal and nothing to be worried about.

Signs Your Husky Is Going Into Heat

The next logical question owners ask is how do they know when their husky will enter heat, and what are the signs to look out for?

Not all huskies will demonstrate the same signs, but here’s what to look out for:

  • Vulva starting to swell and get bigger
  • Blood drops
  • Discharge
  • Tail tucking
  • Change in behavior & temperament
  • Change in appetite or sleeping
  • Paying close attention to her genitals
  • Aggression towards male dogs

My best advice is to learn these signs and keep an eye out for any of them. Not all huskies demonstrate all the signs.

For example, many owners get caught up watching out for blood spots as the first sign, but not all huskies will bleed. Most do, but not all, so it’s best not to get fixated on any particular sign.

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How Often Do Huskies Go Into Heat?

Huskies typically have TWO heat cycles per year, which eventually regulate to one every six months.

Regulate? It can take 2 or 3 heat cycles before a regular pattern begins. Before this moment, heat cycles won’t be so predictable.

After speaking to many owners about this, most of them said they weren’t able to gauge exactly when their husky’s next heat cycle would be until they started seeing the signs.

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How Long Are Huskies In Heat/Season?

From start to finish, a husky’s entire heat cycle usually lasts about 3 weeks give or take a few days. Some will finish before 21 days, and some over, and that’s completely normal.

Once your husky establishes more of a regular pattern, the duration of each heat cycle will become more predictable.

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Husky Heat Cycles Explained (Simple)

To really understand heat in general, owners must know about each stage of the heat cycle. I will explain everything clearly and simple.

There are FOUR stages to each heat cycle. Let’s run through them in order.

1. Proestrus stage

The first stage is called the Proestrus stage. Your husky remains in this stage for around 7-10 days and she will NOT be fertile at this point. Her body is essentially preparing to be fertile and capable of conceiving.

Signs your husky is in Proestrus:

1. Vulva will start to swell in size
2. Tail will be tucked covering the vuvla
3. Blood spots or discharge
4. Unusual changes in behavior or temperament
5. Paying attention to her genitals
6. Aggression towards males

These are the main signs you’ll witness early on. But as explained before, some huskies will demonstrate some signs more than others, so be on the lookout for all.

2. Estrus stage

The second stage of the heat cycle is called Estrus. This is when your husky is FERTILE and capable of conceiving. This stage lasts another 7-10 days on average.

Signs your husky is in Estrus:

1. Vulva will be swollen and on show (tail held to the side)
2. Blood and discharge become watery (meaning fertile)
3. Increased urination
4. Flirtatious behavior around male dogs
5. Aggression towards female dogs

It’s important to be aware that during Estrus, mating can happen very quickly.

Most females will be willing to mate with almost any intact male. This is why most owners prefer to keep their females inside the home during this period. More on this later.

3. Diestrus stage

During the Diestrus stage your husky’s body will be returning back to normal. And by the end of this stage your husky will no longer be considered in heat or season. The Diestrus stage takes around 7 more days to complete.

Signs of Diestrus include:

1. Vulva reducing in size
2. Blood spots or discharge coming to a stop
3. Behavior and temperament stabilizing

4. Anestrus stage

The Anestrus stage is considered the resting stage.

Technically speaking, your husky remains in Anestrus until her next heat cycle begins and she enters Proestrus.

Nothing happens in Anestrus.

Duration summary: As explained above, the overall process takes around 3 weeks give or take. In most cases, the first 3 stages are more or less 7 days each, resulting in 21 days. Sometimes the first or second stage will take an extra day or two, so that’s worth keeping in mind.

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Caring For Huskies In Heat: 6 Tips & What To Expect

This section is here to calm some nerves and answers many of the questions you have.

I’ll be covering what you can expect to happen with your husky, how they will behave, as well as some extra tips for you to make sure the process goes smoothly.

1. Your husky’s behavior and temperament will change

One of the most significant changes you’ll witness is in their behavior and temperament. Your husky will have some serious mood swings.

Sometimes your husky will be extra attentive and clingy with you, and other times she’ll be stubborn, distant, and will literally leave the room if you walk in! It’s all possible.

The best advice here is to be completely understanding and accepting of these changes. Increase your tolerance to bad behavior, and let everyone in the household know that this weird behavior is just a temporary thing. Always be there for your husky when they want that extra support.

2. Keep your husky on the leash or stay at home

A big area of concern for owners with dogs in heat is whether they should be outside in public. The answer changes depending on who you ask.

The problem here is that other male dogs will be attracted to your female at all times throughout her heat. Yet she will only be tolerable of them during Estrus. During Proestrus or Diestrus, she’ll be aggressive towards male dogs, which can result in some nasty fights.

The riskiest time to take your husky out to the park is during Estrus. This is when she can conceive, and may even take it upon her self to find a partner. This means running off. And trust me, this happens all the time!

Due to the increased risk, many owners prefer to either keep their husky at home during this stage, or keep her on the leash and only visit areas that you know will be extremely quiet.

Ultimately, it’s up to you. Exercising at home is the safer option, but I understand this might not be appropriate for all. If you need to take your husky outside, keep her ON the leash at all times for the entire duration of her heat cycle.

3. Escape-proof your yard

If you have a yard and will keep your husky at home while she’s in heat, you’ll need to escape-proof the yard.

This means fences over 6 foot, nothing that can be used as a jumping platform, and even consider chicken wire under the ground along the fence.

Why is this important? First of all, the smell of your female in heat will travel far, and this has been known to cause other male dogs to try entering yards from the outside. This would be a disaster if it happened. And secondly, during Estrus, a lot of females will try seeking a partner themselves, which means escaping.

This all sounds excessive, but these horror stories really have happened countless times.

Unless your yard is 100% escape-proof, then it’s best to keep your husky on the leash even in your own yard.

4. Be ready for the extra mess

Arm yourself with old towels, paper towels, and dog-friendly disinfectant. You’ll be needing all of it!

With all the bleeding and discharge that can happen, it’s important to be on top of your cleaning game.

Put down as many old towels as you can find in the areas that your husky resides the most. Most owners prefer to keep their husky located only downstairs during heat, to contain some of the mess. But this is up to you.

It’s particularly important to clean her bed often. Her bed will be a breeding ground for bacteria during heat, so you’ll be wanting to wash it every couple of days at least.

When it comes to cleaning, the better you prepare, the easier it will be.

5. Be ready for food refusal

Appetite changes can happen during heat, sometimes, outright food refusal.

Normally this is just a temporary reaction to not feeling themselves (caused by being in heat).

Regardless, it still helps to be prepared with a few tricks to make their food more appealing.

1. Add water to their kibble (makes it easier to swallow & makes it smell stronger)
2. Add a little meat broth to their kibble (similar to adding water, but with more flavor)
3. Add dog food toppers
4. Replace a little dry kibble with wet dog food and mix it in. This makes it very tasty and almost impossible to resist.

Only try one of these tips at a time if you need to. When it comes to adding meat broth, be sure that it doesn’t contain a high amount of salt or spices.

When it comes to adding wet dog food, only add a tiny bit and substitute the kibble. Wet dog food is high in calories and you don’t want to be going over their regular caloric intake.

6. Consider a post-heat vet check up

Although this isn’t completely necessary, some owners like to schedule a post vet check up for their first heat cycle.

While it’s extremely rare, there are some known health issues linked to when dogs finish their heat cycle. Again, it’s highly unlikely that problems will arise, but if you want to make sure, you can always schedule a general health exam for when she’s just finished.

If you’re not sure whether you want to do this, you could always call or email your veterinarian in advance and pop the question.

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Do You Need To Do Anything Else?

Honestly, not really! Everything will be fine 🙂

We have to remember that this is a completely natural process, and dogs were managing this completely on their own for thousands of years in the wild.

As long as you provide the support your husky needs, be ready for weird behavior, and take extra care and caution regarding interactions with other dogs, everything will be fine!

Additional resources & information:

Pets WebMD Dogs In Heat
East Central Vet: Dogs In Heat
PDSA ORG: Canine Heat Cycle



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