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Why Do Dogs Sleep So Much

If you look at your dog right now, there is a big chance that he is sleeping, unless it feeding time. It’s a well-known fact for all dog owners that dogs sleep a lot. According to the AKC (American Kennel Club), dogs spend approximately 14 hours a day sleeping.

To explain it a bit more accurately, 50 percent of their time is spent on dozing, 30 percent of the time dogs are just laying around (awake) and the remaining 20 percent they spend being active. Now that you know these facts you feel a bit less lazy yourself.

While our blog’s mascot is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, this applies to any breed.

Factors of why dogs sleep so much

How much a dog sleeps can highly depend on several factors. Senior dogs and puppies sleep a lot more than healthy, adult canines. Since puppies are babies, they need a lot of sleep and spend as much as 20 hours a day doing so. The rest of the time they enjoy playing and exploring this wonderful world. Older dogs get tired more easily and have less energy so it’s understandable why they tend to sleep more.

It’s interesting that the dog’s breed can also affect the hours spent on sleeping daily. Larger dog breeds, such as the Pyrenees, Mastiffs, Newfoundland’s and St. Bernards need a lot more sleep than the smaller breeds of dogs. Working breeds of dogs prefer staying awake because it’s in their genes to pay a lot of attention to the surroundings. On the contrary, those dogs not serving any purpose and aren’t bred for specific purposes live a more sedentary life which involves a lot of hours of sleep.

Why does my dog sleep all the time?

Dogs sleep a lot more than people do. On average, dogs need about twelve to 14 hours of sleep a day. If you notice a change in how long your dog sleeps, it could mean a lot of things from a dietary change to a thyroid problem. If your dog is spending too much time napping, it could be time for a vet visit.

How many hours does a dog sleep in a 24 hour period?

The average dog sleeps for about 12 to 14 hours per 24-hour cycle. That’s just the beginning, though. Puppies, who expend a lot of energy exploring and learning may need as much as 18 to 20 hours. Older dogs also tend to need more rest, as do certain breeds.

Your dog’s health

Your dog’s health status can also affect the time he spends sleeping. If there is an underlying health condition the pup is more likely to be lying around the house as a result of fever, pain or lack of energy. When your dog is sad because he lost someone he loves or has moved to a new household he will manifest the mood change with extra sleep. This is a way for him to fix his mood and get his energy levels back to normal. Luckily, he will feel better without any meds in time.


We concluded that dogs sleep a lot more than we do. But it’s also worth mentioning that they tend to wake up a lot more than we do. We grasp our night sleep in a single breath until the morning comes. Dogs experience a lot more episodes of falling asleep and waking up.

Humans spend approximately 25 percent of the sleep in the REM phase. This is the phase when we dream and when our brains and bodies get boosted with energy. For dogs, only 10 percent of the time sleeping remains in the REM phase, so they need frequent restorative sleep episodes. It’s harder for them to achieve a deep sleep because they wake up so easily.

The time to be concerned is when your active pooch suddenly starts dozing all the time and when the usual sleepyhead can’t seem to fall asleep all of a sudden.


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Originally posted 2020-03-06 01:06:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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