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How Long Do Puppies Sleep?

Owing to their energetic lifestyle, puppies need enough sound sleep. But designating a certain amount of time without considering other factors would not be very helpful. Sleeping according to a specific pattern is more important than sleeping for a certain number of hours.

If you recently got a puppy, you need to have the proper know-how of your pet’s sleep. Here is an in-depth guide to how long puppies sleep for all those new pet owners out there.

What Is The Ideal Sleeping Duration For Puppies?

group of cute puppies sleeping together
Photo by Sergio Souza

The sleeping pattern for your puppy varies according to several different factors. Some of the important factors that you should always consider are as follows:

Your Puppy’s Breed

Some breeds tend to sleep more than others. Though this is much associated with the size of each dog breed, it cannot be entirely determined by that.

The following table shows the sleeping habits of puppies from different breeds:

Breeds That Sleep MoreBreeds That Sleep Less
PekingeseAiredale Terrier
BulldogsAustralian Terrier
GreyhoundPomeranian
ChihuahuaGolden Retriever
Saint BernardLagotto Romagnolo
Siberian HuskyLabrador  Retriever
Shih TzuDobermann
French BulldogVizsla
Great DanePoodle
Basset HoundBeagle

This table tells you a lot about your puppy’s sleep patterns, but it is not the ultimate guide to depend on the breed. There are several other factors that determine your puppy’s sleep duration.

Your puppy’s age

Age is one of the most significant factors that influence sleep duration. It is as important in dogs as it is in humans. A dog’s sleeping pattern changes throughout his life.

Early 12-15 months

During the early months, particularly puppyhood, dogs need extra sleep. This is their growing stage. They need to recharge their battery to function properly throughout the day and grow efficiently.

Sleeping properly for 18-20 hours is ideal for a puppy. If your puppy sleeps longer or shorter than this ideal range, consult a vet for any possible issues.

After one year

Once your puppy crosses one year, he will most likely adopt the sleeping habits of adult dogs. At this stage, he’ll probably sleep between 8-13 hours per day.

Your Puppy’s Daily Activity

Sometimes your puppy has an exhausting day full of fun and excitement. This may lead to him sleeping longer than usual.

Or, if he did not have much activity throughout the day, he might need less sleep than usual.

What Is The Ideal Sleeping Pattern For Puppies?

cute puppies sleeping together
Photo by Sergio Souza

Puppies are expensive, and not everyone has the time or resources to give their little ones the proper amount of sleep. Give them a bit of everything – give them a bed, toys, and even time to watch TV if they like.

But when it comes to how long they should sleep, there are two things you need to know: their actual sleep schedule (how much time they get in bed and during the day) and how much dogs sleep on average (amount of time they sleep and at what length).

Puppies do not enjoy continuous sleep. Instead, they tend to sleep in batches of hours. You should know the proper sleeping patterns if you are planning to own a puppy.

Dozing

Puppies doze a lot. Besides their actual sleep duration, they like to lie down for some rest. This resting duration is significant. You need to set up a soothing corner for your puppy so that he can rest without interruption.

Short Naps Throughout The Day

As said earlier, puppies do not enjoy continuous sleep. They tend to take short naps that generally range between half an hour and about two hours.

Make sure your puppy takes naps throughout the day, preferably after vigorous physical activity. If he doesn’t, create a schedule for him and make him stick to it.

Nighttime Sleep

This is an essential point to focus on. Your puppy’s nighttime sleep needs to be appropriately monitored, so you might need to sacrifice yours for some time.

In the early days, your puppy will need some time to adjust. He might get up several times throughout the night. But even after that, he will still take his bathroom breaks and midnight walks.

Remember that these breaks are essential for a growing puppy. Once he is older than 15-18 months, he’ll get used to the idea of sleeping through the night. But in the early days, you will need to adapt your sleeping patterns according to your new puppy.

How To Get Puppies To Sleep Longer?

Bichon Frise Puppy sleeping

Getting your puppy to sleep soundly and on time is every dog owner’s top priority. You might have tried a few things, but there is much more to it. Here are some of the essential tactics to get your puppy to sleep timely.

  • The first thing is to make sure that your puppy gets enough activity throughout the day. Play with him, take him on a walk, or anything else that comes to mind.
  • Get a pleasant and comfy bed for your puppy. An uncomfortable bed will disturb his sleep. However, don’t spend too much money on the bed, as the puppy will chew it out as he grows.
  • Play soothing sleep sounds. You can find many on Youtube to help calm your puppy’s mind.
  • Designate a fixed spot for his bed. Don’t keep changing his bed area. Also, don’t change the bed unless it is essential. Familiarity helps the puppy fall asleep. If he finds himself in a hostile setting, he won’t be able to sleep properly.
  • If none of the above methods work, try using a crate. Remember, your puppy is living away from his mother. Place the crate near your bed so that he can feel some warmth coming from you.

Why Do Puppies Sleep So Much?

If your puppies sleep longer than average, there is no need to worry. This is how puppies function. To carry out their daily activities and grow healthy, puppies need to sleep a little longer than adult dogs, let alone humans.

In fact, make sure that your puppy is sleeping for the required duration of time. If not, consult a vet regarding the matter to see if he needs some medical attention.

Why Do Puppies Sleep Several Times Per Day?

Apart from the duration of sleep, you might also be surprised by your puppy’s sleeping pattern. It is entirely normal for puppies to sleep on and off throughout the day. The short power naps boost their energy for daily activities. The night sleep is also discontinuous through the early months. This helps the puppy get used to his new surroundings.

What Can Affect Your Puppy’s Sleep?

Although puppies tend to sleep longer than adult dogs and humans, the ideal sleep duration can vary for each puppy. There could be many reasons for this disrupted sleep schedule.

  • Not being able to nap properly throughout the day
  • Your puppy might be dealing with stress or anxiety, most likely because you are not spending enough time with him
  • Problems with diet and other daily activities
  • He might be feeling lonely. Consider getting another puppy to keep him company.

These reasons, among others, require you to take your puppy to the vet. It is not only health problems that a veterinarian should examine. Psychological issues, especially sleep disturbance, also require professional care.

What Happens If A Puppy Doesn’t Get Enough Sleep?

Stressed dog
Photo by Dominika Roseclay

Sleep disturbance has a drastic effect on puppies. A sleep-deprived dog will show the following symptoms:

  • Resistance to eating everyday meals
  • Showing less or no interest in playing
  • Avoiding long walks
  • Walking slowly
  • Overall laziness

These symptoms can lead to drastic consequences. You should identify the root cause to eliminate sleep deprivation. For serious issues, contact a vet.

How To Give Your Puppy Bathroom Breaks During The Night?

Younger puppies need to pee more often during the night, but you should never wake him up for a bathroom break when he is sleeping.

In fact, puppies are civilized animals. They will wake you up, so you can take them out for a bathroom break. Waking them up on your own will disturb their rest, and they might not be able to fall asleep again for the rest of the night.

Is It Normal For Puppies To Be Restless At Night?

Puppies tend to wake up throughout the night, but restlessness is different. If you find your puppy changing positions throughout the night and constantly waking up for no reason, you should consult a vet.

However, some common reasons for restless sleep include anxiety, physical pain, and sleep disorders. All of these require professional attention and treatment.

Insufficient physical activity during the day can also lead to restless sleep. A few changes in your puppy’s daily routine can put a stop to their restlessness at night. However, if the uneasiness persists, consult a vet.

Bottom Line

We have covered everything you need to know about your puppy’s sleeping patterns as a dog owner.

Take proper measures to ensure that your puppy gets adequate sleep, which can help him grow strong and healthy. If you find any irregularities, don’t ignore them and make sure to consult a veterinarian.

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