Do Dogs Sleep As Much as Cats?
27 February, 2018
Cats have the reputation for sleeping all day long. But, dogs are actually very good sleepers too and can and do sleep all day long. So how many hours do dogs sleep each day? More or less than cats?
Dogs usually sleep about 12 – 14 hours a day (not slackers in the sleeping department)
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 a day or two-thirds of their lives asleep
While cats do spend at least two-thirds of their lives asleep, they’re not asleep in the same way we are. Their hours of sleep do not happen in a row. Cats don’t have daily sleep-wake cycles like many mammals. While they are not nocturnal, they are often up at odd hours during the night and this can cause disturbances for many of us!
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!
The size and age of the dog impacts the amount of sleep they require
Large breeds sleep far more than small breeds. It’s not uncommon for owners of Saint Bernards and Mastiffs to believe their dogs spend more time sleeping than they do in wakeful activities. A simple walk for a large dog can be enough to send the pooch into a two-hour nap.
As a dog matures, he will sleep a bit less, but once a dog reaches its golden years, it’s likely that a dog will sleep early and often. As the body slows down and conditions like arthritis and hip dysplasia set in, dogs are far less apt to romp around the house or the yard.
Like humans, exercise both physically and mentally helps dogs sleep better!
Dogs that do not engage in exercise and mentally stimulating play throughout the day will sleep far longer than active dogs. And while it may seem counterintuitive, inactive dogs may also suffer from insomnia. If a dog sleeps all day, he won’t be ready to turn in for a long night with the rest of the family. Insomnia from inactivity is especially common in small breeds or among dogs that live an urban lifestyle, where they don’t get out and run regularly.
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.
And, of course, 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 an underlying medical issue.
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