28th May

How much sleep should a dog get?

Dogs, just like humans, love getting their all-important shut-eye. Sleep gives them the energy they need to run around a play, so it’s important they get as much sleep as they can. The amount of rest they need depends on their age, and even sometimes their breed.

We're going to take you through exactly how much sleep your dog should get, as well as showing you some of the breeds of dogs that need a little bit more sleep than others.

Does age matter?

Age does matter for dogs. You’ll often find that puppies sleep a lot more than adult dogs. Adult dogs generally sleep between 12 and 14 hours a day. It’s normal for them to sleep more, as they may need more kip if they’re more active whilst awake.

Puppies on the other hand generally can sleep up to 18 hours a day! You’re jealous, I know. Despite them being furry balls of energy during the day, they do tend to sleep a lot more than adult dogs. Giving you momentary rest bite from their energy levels.

Sleeping Dog

Does the breed matter?

Some breeds sleep a lot more than others. These breeds include:

  • Bulldogs

  • Shih Tzu

  • Mastiff

  • Basset Hound

  • French Bulldog

  • Pekingese

  • Greyhound

  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

  • Great Dane

  • Pugs

This is just an example of some of the breeds that love their sleep. You have nothing to worry about, and there are no health implications, these pooches just love their shut-eye!

Does where they sleep affect how much sleep they get?

Where a dogs bed is placed can have an effect on how much sleep they get, particularly in their early days.

Dogs are highly likely to nap anywhere and everywhere they can. But they will often always return to their dog bed more than anywhere because this is their safe space.

You can place their bed wherever is comfortable for you, but more importantly them. Puppies, in particular, may feel unsafe in their early days, so will want to sleep as close as possible to you. As they grow used to their new environment you can edge their bed further away because dogs are often unsettled at nights and you need your beauty sleep too!

Providing their bed is placed in a comfortable environment then where they sleep shouldn’t affect how much sleep they get.

You may also be interested in: Where to let your dog sleep in your home

Dog Sleeping

Can the amount of activity they do affect their sleeping pattern?

Usually, more active dogs sleep less than inactive dogs. Although they are burning a lot of energy being active, dogs that are inactive sleep more because of boredom.

A dogs sleep pattern isn’t as routine as ours. So, for humans, we generally sleep between the hours of 10pm - 7am. For dogs, they could quite easily have bursts of naps over the day and they will still have as much energy. There’s no set time for them to sleep.

Working dogs also sleep less as they spend more of their day on duty and don’t find the time to sleep. So, for example, police dogs, farm dogs and dogs that partake in sport are likely to sleep less than non-working family pets.

Could there be a problem if they’re not sleeping normally?

Often a change in a dogs sleep pattern is nothing to worry about. It can come down to a number of different factors:

  • A change in environment

  • Diet

  • Growing older

  • Switch in routine

Sometimes, however, there can be more serious health implications such as heart problems and Hypothyroidism that can affect how much sleep they get. If you notice any abnormalities then it’s worth contacting your local vet, even if it’s just on the safe side.

Sleeping Dog

Having the right bed makes a difference

Ensuring your dog has a comfy bed will guarantee them a good night’s sleep. Here at Raised by Humans, we sell a wide range of designer dog beds to make sure your dog will not be restless in the night and will get the shut-eye they need. Contact us today to find out more information.

By Raised By Humans