What dog breeds sleep the most? (is it yours?)

In this blog post, we will answer this question: What dog breeds sleep the most? We will talk about 15 dog breeds that like most to sleep. We will also answer some questions related to the sleep patterns of your furry friend. 

What dog breeds sleep the most? 

Among the dog breeds who like to sleep the most are the English bulldog, Shin Tzu, the Mastiff, and the Basset Hound. Keep reading to find what other dog breeds are sleep lovers!

  1. The English Bulldog

We don’t have much to say in this case, as we all know how lazy they can be and how much they enjoy their naps. This may be the best choice if you want to sleep with your dog, of course, if you can handle snoring.

  1.  The Shih Tzu

This little dog has no problem sleeping all afternoon anywhere. But that is not it’s an only strong point, know all its characteristics here!

  1. The  Mastiff

Like many other large dogs, the Mastiff sleeps a lot. After all, they consume a lot of energy just walking around the garden.

  1. The Basset Hound

Basset hounds can sleep anywhere and with anyone: humans, dogs, or even cats. And always hugging their most special toy!

  1. The French bulldog

Although it is true that these little ones boast of having a lot of energy, when they get used to their master – which is usually too fast – they are those four-legged friends who love to eat breakfast and go back to bed with or without their owner. Learn about all the characteristics of this breed here.

  1. The Pekingese

The Pekingese is a lap dog like no other, and he greatly enjoys snuggling and sleeping next to his beloved human. After all, they originally lived quietly alongside the Chinese emperors. What do you think they were doing there? Play poker?

  1. The English Greyhound

I know what you’re thinking: “Really? I don’t think so”, but it makes perfect sense. Greyhounds are very fast dogs, but they don’t have much endurance. After running, they need to regain their energy and for this, they sleep for a long time.

  1. The Lhasa Apso

This exotic breed is very playful, but they can quickly get cozy for a nap on the couch. Did you lose your dog? Check your bed, he’s probably sleeping in it.

  1. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

This lapdog can sleep all day if its humans are around. It is true that they need to exercise, like any other dog, but they will sleep whenever you give them the opportunity. Discover everything about this adorable furry in our breed section.

  1. The Saint Bernard

This is another great dog that loves to sleep. Luckily, because it would be difficult to see a Saint Bernard of 80 kilos running around the house.

  1. The Chow Chow

This dog is the “cat” on the list. Chow chows are famous for how much they sleep. But if you want a nap buddy, it’s probably not your best option, because they like to sleep alone.

  1. The Great Dane

Like all the other large dogs on the list, the Great Dane is a furry that sleeps a lot. Please, what a cute dog!

  1.  The Cocker Spaniel

After a long walk, many Cocker Spaniels seek a little sleep, whether it’s morning, afternoon, or night. Sometimes they do it all the time!

  1. The Pug

Just like the French bulldog, once the excitement of meeting you has passed, and they’ve been given a couple of snacks, it’s time for a nap. They sleep like angels and only wake up to receive more love. Know all the characteristics of the pugs and fall at their feet!

  1. The Pyrenees

This breed was bred to watch over the herd while eating, calmly and quietly, unless a predator stalks the place. We are not surprised that they also like to rest a lot. Your Pyrenees will sleep most of the day unless something extraordinary happens.

How many hours should my dog sleep?

A healthy dog ​​has a normal sleep time that varies according to his age. They can sleep up to 18 hours or a little longer if it is a puppy or an old man. It means that if your dog is within 3 months of life or is older than 7 years, it would be normal for it to sleep up to 20 hours between night and day.

Now, if your dog is in the adult or young adult stage, it would be normal for him to sleep an average of 14 to 15 hours, of which 10 to 11 correspond to his sleep time at night, and the rest is distributed in naps interrupted throughout the day.

When to worry if your dog sleeps a lot?

You should know that a dog is active by nature, so an excess of sleep can represent problems that range from the emotional, through bad habits instilled by us (lack of physical activity or play), to serious diseases such as those already mentioned.

You should also bear in mind that there are giant or large breeds that, due to their metabolism and their large size, tend to be less active and sleep more. This is the case of the Great Dane or Saint Bernard, who, even in adulthood, can sleep up to 18 hours, and this would be normal.

Now, assuming your small or medium breed dog is in an adult or young adult stage and sleeps more than 16 hours, you should be concerned. This is reason enough to consult a vet.

My dog ​​does not play but sleeps a lot, is it normal?

It is normal for a dog older than 7 years to prefer to rest than play, like a puppy a few weeks old. But if your dog is outside these age ranges, that is, if he is an adult or young adult, you should be careful not to exceed the normal sleep time.

If you notice that he sleeps more than indicated for his age and that this is accompanied by mood swings or other symptoms of illness, you should go to the vet.

My dog ​​sleeps a lot and eats little, what do I do?

In the same way, if your dog decreases his appetite and spends more time than normal sleeping, you should go in to check. At this point it is okay to clarify that your dog not only gets sick physically, he can also do it mentally and emotionally.

Consider if your dog has suffered the loss of an animal friend or person, or if he has had changes of address or other situations that generate depression and stress. All this you should take into account when consulting with your veterinarian since a complete diagnosis depends on this.

How to help your furry to reduce stress? Here you find the solution.

My dog ​​trembles when he sleeps, why?

Your dog trembles when he sleeps for some natural motivations; sometimes he does it because he dreams that he is walking or running. Cold is also a natural reason why you do it. In this case, you must protect your bed so that no direct air stream enters. 

If necessary, turn on the heater or place plastic bottles with hot water under your bed, wrapped in newspaper. Now, if your dog is shaking too hard, feels stiff, and doesn’t react when you call him, he may be having a seizure. In this case, you should take him to the vet right away.

Pay close attention to your furry’s sleep pattern and go to your vet for checks when you notice any change in it. They need to have a daily routine in which sleep, physical activity, and their diet have a balanced distribution according to their age and race.

Conclusions

How long does a dog sleep?

The dog is:

  • active and awake about 20%
  • inactive but awake about 30%
  • about 50% of the time – asleep.

While humans spend about 25% of their sleep in the REM (rapid eye movement) phase, dogs spend only 10% in REM. Because dogs have a harder time getting into the REM phase, they need more sleep to get the dose they need.

On average, a dog sleeps about 12-14 hours/day, and puppies and large dogs need up to 18 hours of sleep.

Of course, the hours of sleep are also related to the activity they carry out daily. Police dogs, rescue dogs, and therapy dogs are very active during the day, so the number of hours of sleep is less than an ordinary dog who spends his day lazing at home.

If you want to activate your quadruped at all, you can try a few tricks:

  • Change the walking route and choose a longer and more twisted one. Thus, more walking and more challenges through new smells.
  • Purchase new and smart toys to stimulate him mentally.
  • Play new games (eg hide rewards around the house or garden to get your nose to work!)
  • Meet new playmates to socialize him more.
  • If your quadruped has a gentle demeanor and is friendly to strangers, you can try a special training to make him a therapy dog or at least an occasional volunteer dog.

If you have any questions or comments on the content, please let us know!

FAQ on What dog breeds sleep the most?

What breed of dog kills the most?

The dog breed that is most likely to kill is the Pitbull. Pitbulls were responsible for the highest percentage of reported bites across all the studies (22.5%), followed by mixed breeds (21.2%), and German shepherds (17.8%). 

Why are little dogs so annoying?

Little dogs are annoying because they suffer from Small Dog Syndrome. The Small Dog Syndrome is the inappropriate behaviors that are allowed to impair the sociability of small dogs, turning them into temperamental animals and also annoying when living with them.

Which is the strongest dog in the world?

Some of the strongest dogs in the world are considered to be Saint Bernards, Rottweilers, Mastiffs,  Irish Wolfhounds, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, and Siberian Huskies.

What dog has the strongest bite?

It is believed that a Rottweiler has one of the strongest bites, with its pressure bite topped 328 pounds. In second place comes German Shepherds, followed by the American pit bull terrier.

Do dogs know you love them?

Yes, dogs know we love them. Dogs and humans can create a really special relationship and this is proven by the fact that our oxytocin levels go up high when we play or even when we just stare at our dog!

References

Wagwalking.com

Dogsandtreats.com

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Hi, I am Martin, I am a pet lover! I own a Golden retriever and a Long-eared Owl. They keep me company & I often had questions about them which I couldn't find answers for online. I put this hub together for people like me & you.

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