How Many Hours Do Dogs Sleep Each Day?
7 February, 2017
dog sleeping

While our felines are known for sleeping all day long, dogs are really not that much different.  It seems as if every time we are home, they are sleeping, napping or just about to do either. So, how many hours do our dogs sleep each day?  More or less than cats?

Dogs usually sleep about 12 – 14 hours a day

The average amount of sleep for adult dogs is 12–14 hours per day, although it really depends on a number of factors, such as breed and age.  Adult dogs sleep 12–14 hours a day, while puppies often sleep more than that, usually up to 18 hours a day!  Unlike humans, dogs don’t have a regular sleep regimen. They take several short naps during the day. (Cats sleep 14-16 hours per day).

A dog’s lifestyle, amount of exercise, and what breed they are will affect the amount of sleep they need. Even the age of the dog impacts the amount of sleep they require.

Dogs spend about half their day sleeping!

Dogs often spend fifty percent of the day sleeping, thirty percent lying around awake, and just twenty percent being active. But unlike humans, dogs are flexible sleepers and can awaken easily. Dogs also sleep less when they have more to do. Working pups, like farm dogs, sleep less than those that have little more to do than sit around a house all day.  Which is why we need to exercise our dogs every day!

Puppies sleep the most and then as dogs’ age, they sleep less

Puppies sleep excessively. They run around using every bit of energy and then suddenly crash and sleep.  Older dogs sleep more than younger ones. As dogs age, they slow down. The size of your dog can be a factor as well. Larger dogs tend to sleep more than smaller dogs.

Dogs have different types of sleep as we do

Dogs have similar sleep patterns to humans. When a dog has reached full sleep, you can see how their body releases and relaxes. Once they enter REM sleep, they appear to be dreaming when you see movement or hear whimpering or other sounds while they sleep.

Dogs will sleep more when they are feeling stressed

Dogs react to the people and environment around them. If you move to a new house, are in a stressful living situation, or become part of a new family, it takes time for your dog to adjust, the same way it does for you. This may show itself in increased amounts of time spent sleeping.

Dogs that are active will sleep less than sedentary dogs

An active dog is not going to be sleeping all the time because he is too busy.  If your dog sleeps a lot, it could be that your dog is bored. As always, make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise and interaction. Play with them, walk them daily and leave dog toys where they are easily accessible to them. If your dog gets stimulation and exercise during the day, they will sleep better at night.

If you are worried about how much your dog sleeps (if none of the above applies) or you see some extreme change, it’s always good to see your vet to see if there is a medical issue.

Want to know why cats sleep so much?  Read here


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