How Long Do Dogs Sleep Per Day

Like humans, dogs also need enough sleep to rest, repair, and recharge. According to the American Kennel Club, dogs sleep around 12 to 14 hours per day. However, it depends according to their size, age, breed, activity levels, and of course, health. 

Environmental changes also play a huge role in your dog's sleeping pattern such as the weather, new pets around, and more. If your dog sleeps more than 15 hours, then you might want to check it with a veterinarian. Puppies, on the other hand, sleep so much more than 18 hours. 

So, let us understand why dogs sleep so much, their sleeping habits, and how sleep fits their daily life.

How long do dogs sleep per day?

So, how much sleep do dogs need by age? The average sleep that adult dogs should have is around 12 to 14 hours per day. For puppies, they sleep for 18 hours and more. 

Dogs are very flexible sleepers, they can sleep almost everywhere and anytime they want. They can also wake up any time of the day without needing any energizer, unlike humans.

How do size and breed affect how much dogs sleep?

Puppies

Let your new puppy sleep as much as it wants. It sleeps around 20 hours a day. Puppies require more effort and attention from their owners than adult dogs do. Ifyou are taking care of a puppy that is four weeks old, get ready! Mom dogs are normally doing a great job in nurturing their puppies but for some reason, there are also some who will refuse to nurse their puppies. If that is the case, there are three things that you should do: to nurse, to sleep, and to keep them warm. Plus you need to make sure they are eating.

Sleep is very crucial for puppies. Just like a newborn human, sleep is a vital role in their development and growth. Puppies cannot do much anything aside from sleeping and drinking milk. Let it sleep as much as it wants, do not disturb, do not pick and stroke it up when sleeping. As your puppy gets older for weeks, it will start to open its eyes and explore the surroundings. 

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Adult dogs

Adult dogs sleep lesser time than puppies. Once they have passed the puppy stage, the average sleep would be 12 to 14 hours daily. The sleeping pattern of an adult dog depends on different factors such as diet, health, breed, size, and regular daily activity. In the adult stage, larger dogs sleep more than smaller ones. Also, working dogs like a border collie that herds sheep on a farm, or German shepherds who work for law enforcement has less sleeping time since they are trained to be busy and working all day. However, larger dogs who spend most of their day indoors tend to sleep more, because what else will they do aside from eating?

Senior dogs

Just like the adult dogs, they sleep for 12 to 14 hours per day but require more rest. Although the "senior" years differ according to their breeds and sizes. For dogs like Terriers, Chihuahuas, and Toy Poodles, tend to have a longer lifespan and considered "senior" once they reached 10 years old. For bigger dogs like Golden Retrievers, Labrador, Malamute, and Great Dane, they are considered to be in their senior years once they reached the age of five. 

Once your dog has passed the senior stage, it will eventually lack stimulation and gets easily bored hence, the reason why they sleep so much. A senior dog might also have mobility issues like arthritis or hip dysplasia and would choose to just sit and be calm. It might also return to the sleeping pattern of being a puppy and spend the rest of 16 to 18 hours of sleep a day.  

Which dog breed sleep most?

If you are wondering why your dogs sleep most of the time, it may be because they are one of the sleepiest dog breeds. Here's a list of them:

  • Chihuahuas 

They are small but terrible. Their hyper personality is the reason why they get tired easily.

  • Siberian Husky

Their size perfectly fits their stamina as well as their energy for cuddles. These gentle giants love to stay in a cold place, hence a perfect place for them to sleep and rest.

  • Greyhound

Greyhounds are one of the laziest dog breeds you can have. They can spend all day sleeping on their doggie bed.

  • Basset Hounds

These big dogs also love to cuddle and stay on your lap for a long time. This breed has very low energy and loves to spend their day snoozing and sunbathing.

  • French Bulldog

Just like Chihuahuas, Frenchies can also be very hype and loud but their energy can also be easily switched to lying in bed than jumping all day.

  • Great Dane

Great Danes are always been known to be very playful, wild, and run around but they are also such sleepy-head. You will often see them lying on their back with all four legs raised.

  • Pug

As gentle as they Pugs can be, they also like to get as much sleep as they can. You will often see them lying down after their full-meal lunch. 

  • Dachshund

This iconic sausage breed will probably be running around in your backyard for 5 minutes and see them sleeping for 5 hours. They love to sleep in a sunny spot!

Which dog breed sleeps the least?

  • Pomeranian

Perhaps people would assume that a small dog would love to love to cuddle and stay in bed for a long time, but actually, Pomeranians prefer to run around and catch balls and see sleep as over-rated. They have a vibrant, energetic personality.

  • Airedale Terrier

This breed is developed to work all day. Their responsiveness, energy, and stamina are perfect for military duty and became one of the first breeds of police dogs.

  • Lagotto Romagnolo

This breed was developed for exertion. They are even trained as a gun dog in Italy because of their sharp and vigorous senses.

  • Labrador Retriever

This breed is perfect for hunting, detecting, and retrieving in the wild. They are bred to perform service work all day but also do long naps after serious work throughout their day.

  • Australian Terrier

Australian Terriers are known to be sturdy, agile terriers. They work through the tough terrain and weather. Ranches always prefer to have them as a companion because of their skills in chasing, hunting, and rallying.

Should Dogs Have a Sleeping Schedule?

Yes. An uninterrupted sleeping pattern is helpful for both dogs and for their owners who want a good night's rest. A consistent sleeping schedule also helps dogs develop a clear daytime routine of when to eat, go the bathroom, and exercise.

Every day, you should make sure that your dog is physically active enough. Playtime, morning walks, and activities with other dogs are good forms of their exercise. This will stop your dog from being a couch potato during the daytime and restless at night.

Moreover, be sure to feed your dog early in the evening. Avoid feeding them right before bedtime and make sure to make them pee before going to bed so that your dog can sleep through the night without having any interruption. 

Lastly, ensure our dog has a designated sleeping area for rest and sleeping. Puppies and adult dogs benefit from sleeping in a crate because it gives them security and ownership of space. Other dogs may like to sleep with you on the bed, too. 

How long does your dog's bedding last?

Your dog's bedding should be cleaned at least every one or two weeks. Be sure to buy a washable bed and beddings for our dogs. Or you can take old sheets or canvas drop cloths and wrap them over the bed.

Another tip is to brush your dog every day or two to help remove loose hair and shedding. You can also get one of those sticky paper pet hair rollers and use it in the bed daily. The squares of the paper peel of the roller should be thrown away immediately and have the next batch of clean and fresh sticky paper placed on your dog's bed. 

Remember that when you use bedding, do not forget to put the sheets or cover in the dryer, use an anti-static sheet, and clean out the filter.

When it's time to seek out professional help?

If your dog's sleeping pattern changed suddenly for more than a week or two and is accompanied by other symptoms, it is definitely time to book an appointment with the veterinarian. 

According to professionals, if your dog goes from being a light sleeper to a dog that sleeps all day, something is wrong. If your dog has trouble sleeping, it might also be a sign of an illness. Both canine cognitive dysfunction. also known as doggy dementia, and many other cases of worsening heart failures or heart diseases can cause night anxiety. This is when the dog does not sleep normally and seems to be upset and restless during nighttime. 

A sudden change in sleep patterns followed by symptoms like vomiting, restlessness, coughing, sneezing, diarrhea, loss of appetite could also be an indication that something is wrong.

Frankly, only a veterinarian can tell you what exactly is causing a change in your dog's sleeping patterns. It could be a sign of bacterial infection, viral infection, or even cancer.

How Do Dogs' Sleep Routines Differ from Humans?

Just like humans, dogs have a circadian rhythm that regulates their sleep patterns. And like humans, they fall asleep easier at night. However, dogs have a polyphasic sleep pattern that makes them sleep multiple times throughout a 24-hour period. Dogs' sleeping periods are around 45-minute long while humans' sleeping period takes 6 to 8 hours long.

Rapid Eye Movement (REM Sleep) also happens to dogs. Dogs with more physical activity are more likely to have a quick drowsy state to REM. Dogs can twitch, breathe heavily, and can possibly dream, too. This happens when their memories consolidate and need REM sleep to help retain learned skills. 

Dogs are also flexible with their sleeping pattern. They can quickly be awake and become active without the need for any coffee, unlike humans. They can also quickly get up from sleep when a stranger comes in or when the doorbell rings. That's how amazing dogs are!

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Nick is a Dog Trainer extraordinaire. He loves to help people understand dog behaviour and enjoys writing about it.
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