Ask The Dog Guide: How Much Do Dogs Sleep?

March 9th, 2009 by Dan

Question:
I was wondering how much time dogs normally spend sleeping?


Answer:

While most people think that cats are the nappers when it comes to our household pets, in actuality, dogs sleep a lot!

Sleeping Pug

Photo by What’s Your Meme

Adult dogs sleep between 12-18 hours a day on average. This number can be adjusted due to age (senior dogs and puppies tend to be sleepier) or circumstance (a dog in a shelter may be agitated and sleep a great deal less). Some dogs also sleep when there isn’t anything else to do – it’s likely that is what they’re doing for much of the day while we’re at work!





3 Responses to “Ask The Dog Guide: How Much Do Dogs Sleep?”

  1. carol petitt Says:

    i have a 2 year old pom and for the last couple of weeks i have noticed he has been sleeping a lot. he is not eating like he used to but we can take him outside and he acts fine.not sure what his problem is.

  2. Scott Says:

    Please take your dog to the doctor.

  3. Kathryn Wagner Says:

    We are the new family of a 10 week old Yorkie who is full of energy. We are crate training since we are gone to school and work most of the day. I leave toys for him, but I wonder about boredom. How many hours is he probably sleeping while we are gone? When can we expect him to sleep through the night? Thanks!

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