How much sleep does your dog need?

Why do dogs need sleep?

Sleeping is an essential need of all living entities, including, humans and dogs. Research has clearly shown that dogs grow better when they get an adequate amount of sleep, especially during puppyhood.

How much sleep does your dog need?

Unlike humans, most dogs need more than 8 hours of sleep. So where an adult human would take an average of 7–9 hours of sleep daily, most dogs will need around 10 -13 hours of sleep every day.


Puppies sleep longer than adults and they take tiny naps throughout the day. A young puppy, on average, sleeps for about 18–20 hours a day. But as they grow old with time, their sleep pattern and duration decrease slowly.

Adult dogs

Older dogs do not sleep as much as puppies do. They dose off for roughly 10 hours a day. However, both adults and small dogs usually wake up before us. And when we are up and about for work, they tend to rest and take naps.

Senior dogs

Dogs that are more than 5 years of age are called “senior dogs” as they are officially getting old. You shouldn’t compare human years with that of dogs because everything about a pooch happens fast. As they grow older, they tend to sleep more.

Does breed type affect sleeping patterns?

Usually, the smaller-sized dog breeds sleep between 14–16 hours daily. The medium-sized breeds sleep lesser with an average sleeping hour between 10–14 hours daily.

Where should dogs sleep?

Dogs do choose hilarious sleeping positions based on what makes them comfortable. Your dog may sleep curled up, awkwardly ranged across sofa or floor, legs sprawled out and other sleeping positions.

What can affect your dog’s sleep quality?

Apart from aging, some factors can affect your dog’s sleeping pattern, including:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Disturbance in their routine
  • Underlying health conditions, such as kidney disease, injuries, diabetes, and heart ailments.
  • Dementia
  • Pain
  • Change in diet

How to improve your dog’s sleep quality

Sometimes, it may not be a health issue that disturbs a dog’s sleep pattern. It could simply be discomfort. So measures like getting a comfortable bed may help improve your dog’s sleeping pattern.

  • Set a sleeping time for your dog
  • Let your dog decide on a sleeping corner
  • Feed your dog on time


Dogs are social sleepers and they need more sleep than you being their owner. Many factors influence their sleeping pattern, but generally, puppies sleep for about 18–20 hours a day, adult dogs sleep for about 10 hours a day, and senior dogs sleep for about 16–20 hours daily.

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