How Much Exercise Does a Husky Need? (Quick Guide)

By Coty Perry

Huskies are highly active dogs. They do not need more than two hours of exercise daily because of their activity level. Huskies are a happy-go-lucky and energetic breed and want nothing more than to be played with and go for long walks. 

Since they have such high energy levels, you might find it challenging to keep up with them. Don’t forget the calories your Husky will burn when he exercises. Considering they partake in high-energy exercise, you will need to feed your Husky accordingly and keep him hydrated.

It is important to remember that while adult Huskies need two hours of exercise daily, Husky puppies need much less. A good rule of thumb is that Husky puppies need five minutes of exercise per month of their life each day. So, if your puppy is four months old, he will need twenty minutes of exercise daily.

How Much Exercise Does a Husky Need?

A Husky needs at least two hours of high-intensity exercise every day. Splitting up your Husky’s activity into one-hour increments is best. Allow your Husky to receive intense exercise for one hour in the morning and one hour in the evening. Huskies enjoy intense exercise due to their ancestry. 

Siberian Huskies were bred originally to help the Chukchi Tribe with their nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle. They would sufficiently be able to pull sleds for hundreds of miles at a time in intense arctic conditions. Since most Huskies aren’t using their energy to pull sleds anymore, they need to let out their energy in other ways. 

Walking and Running

Walking and running are great ways for your Husky to release energy and exercise. Your Husky will enjoy going for a walk in the morning and maybe even running in the evening. 

Not only does walking and running help let out your Husky’s excess energy, but it also helps prevent obesity and heart disease. 

Playing Games

Playing games with your Husky is a great way to allow him to get the exercise he needs while also mentally stimulating him. 

Your Husky will likely love playing games like fetch, hide and seek, tug of war, soccer, and find the toy. Games will stimulate your Husky and can help prevent the zoomies and behavioral issues, like chewing on your furniture.


Huskies are great swimmers and enjoy being in the water. Even though they were bred to pull sleds, they love swimming. Since Huskies are so intelligent, they will remember their first experience with water. 

It is vital to properly introduce your Husky to water as a puppy so he isn’t afraid of it. Once your pup becomes more comfortable with water, you can teach him to swim. Swimming is an excellent exercise and can be fun for your Husky and you.

Final Thoughts

Huskies are a high-energy breed that requires at least two hours of high-intensity exercise daily. Exercise helps your Husky both physically and mentally, greatly benefiting his health. With proper exercise, you will notice that your Husky has less destructive behavior, barks less, can sit still without being restless, and appears generally happy. 

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Coty Perry
Coty is a self-proclaimed cat whisperer and animal lover. Growing up his mom ran a dog training business out of his childhood home so you can say it was complete chaos 24/7. Today, when he comes home after a long day of writing about animals, he’s greeted by his two loving cats Marley and Cozmo.