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Top 10 Reasons Why Your Dog Is Sleeping a Lot More Than Usual

Top 10 Reasons Why Your Dog Is Sleeping a Lot More Than Usual

Are you thinking your dog is the laziest canine on earth because it sleeps a lot and about ten hours in the whole day? Let me shock you with this. Your dog is probably getting bad sleep. Most normal dogs should sleep even more than that. The average sleep time for a dog is around twelve hours and above it a day - except if the dog is employed as some police dog or for sport, then it can sleep less.

But if your dog used to be very lively and has only changed recently, then there may be something wrong with it, and you should find out the reason why.

There are many possible reasons for this sudden change in habit. The problem can range from stress to more severe problems. It’s crucial to know the signs of possible causes and be able to realize when you should visit the vet.

Here's is an infographic that you need to know about a dog’s sleeping habits and when to worry about them.


Why Your Dog Is Sleeping a Lot More Than Usual

When a dog exhibits a sleeping routine that is different from what it has always been known for, there are psychological, physical and health reasons for it.

We usually suspect illness to be the cause of a dog’s sudden change in behavior or routine. While it is no doubt the safest thing to visit the vet first, there may be other things to consider if there are no signs of sickness from the dog. Your dog may be reacting to some changes in its environment even in its own self - maybe because it is getting old.

The reasons why your dog is sleeping a lot may be due to the following;

●        Age

●        Dog Breed

●        Stress and anxiety

●        Activity Level

●        Thyroxine deficiency

●        Diabetes

●        Bacteria infection

●        Viral infection

●        Anemia

●        Poisoning

1. Age of the Dog

Dogs may sleep for more than 12 hours a day, usually 12- 14 hours daily sleep. Large dog breeds, Old dogs and Puppies need more sleep, and puppies may sleep up to 18 hours a day, and all this is completely fine.

Generally, dogs would sleep the most when they are puppies, and when they are old. Puppies around 4 months up to a year old are only playful, and very active when awake. The puppies’ activities make them become easily exhausted and this may be the reason.

2. Breed of Dog

The breed of a dog determines its size, activities, and also how quickly it gets old. All of these factors can affect the dog's requirement of sleep. A smaller dog breed usually takes longer to reach old age and requires less sleep.

Greyhounds, Bullmastiff, Chow, Saint Bernard, Bassett Hound, Newfoundland are widely known as being “lazy dogs” because of their sleeping habit. They can spend up to 18 hours a day sleeping.

3. Stress, Anxiety, and Boredom

A dog that is going through psychological difficulties such as anxiety, stress, and boredom would sleep a lot. If your dog is stressed or feeling anxious, you will notice them becoming lethargic and they will doze off often. Helping the dog by giving it a routine with activities can to stimulate and enhance it’s a mental and physical condition.

4. Activity Level

Dogs that have tasks to hold their attention will spend most of the day activities, dedicated to completing those tasks. The number of sleep dogs needs also depends on what they are bred to do.

5. Thyroxine Deficiency

This is also called hypothyroidism. The under-secretion of thyroxine normally reduces chemical processes occurring within the cells of the body, especially those related to metabolism, consequently, the dog looks unhealthy. Older dogs are prone to hypothyroidism, in rare cases can be found in younger dogs too. The most susceptible of these breeds are Labradors, Great Danes, dachshunds, Doberman pinschers, among others.

6. Diabetes

The inability of the body to produce insulin in the amount needed by the body can affect the dog greatly due to the risk of hyperglycemia. Certain breeds are more prone to diabetes than others. These breeds include Dachshunds, Australian terriers, and Keeshonds ETC.

7. Bacterial Infection


This is an infection caused by bacteria that is highly contagious. Dogs can get leptospirosis through direct contact with urine from other dogs or even human infected. It can also be transmitted easily through water, soil ETC. It's most common in warm climates.

8. Viral Infection


This is a highly contagious viral illness. Majorly found in puppies before adolescence - between six weeks and six months old. It’s caused by a virus from the Parvoviridae, which affects the ability to absorb nutrients, and an affected animal will easily become dehydrated and weak from lack of protein and fluid absorption and nutrients essential to the dog body. The best way to nip this fatal infection is early puppy vaccination.

Infectious tracheobronchitis:

It is also called Kennel cough; it is a highly contagious respiratory disease that is airborne It’s highly treatable in most dogs but can be more severe in puppies younger than six months of age. Like the parvovirus, it can be prevented with early vaccination

9. Anemia

Anemia is a medical condition of reduced blood in dogs. The reduction in the red blood cell of a dog is due to the presence of bloodsucking parasites in the dog's body. Such parasites include;

●       Roundworms: Transmitted to a puppy through a mother’s uterus and also when milk is fed to her puppies. These worms are easily detected in dog stool.

●       Hookworms: These can be dangerous for a dog because they latch onto the intestine and suck blood. Hookworms can also be transferred from a mother to a puppy. But, dogs can get them from soil that is infested, too.

●       Whipworms: These are intestinal parasites that cause severe irritation to the lining of the cecum and colon. They aren’t usually seen in the dog’s stool.

●       Tapeworms: These are usually transmitted to dogs when they ingest fleas. In a dog’s intestine, tapeworms can grow anywhere from 4-6 inches in length. They are typically easy to identify and can be seen in the dog stool.

10. Poisoning

An untrained dog would eat anything if it feels is palatable.  Also, a dog owner may decide to pamper it with something from the human food that is harmful to it. Avocados, spices, alcohol and even coffee are poisonous. The effect can be fatal. In case your dog eats something poisonous, see the vet immediately.

Here is how your dog usually sleeps. In the picture, you will have a clear idea about it.


Regardless of your dog's sleeping routine, you can always organize your dog's daily activities to a routine that you feel is best for them. Your dogs may take some time, but will definitely adjust to the new routine. Also, always go to the veterinary first when you notice a sudden change in the behavior of your dog before making assumptions.


20 comments on “Top 10 Reasons Why Your Dog Is Sleeping a Lot More Than Usual”


July 19, 2019 at 08:54

Chris says:

Thanks for sharing this great tips regarding dog sleeping.


September 27, 2019 at 07:09

Pamela Meldrum says:

Thank you for the information and putting my mind at rest. My Spinone is nearly nine and sleeps a lot since moving to the Yorkshire Dales, but I now suspect he is just tired after a change in his pattern of walking i.e. up the hills etc.


April 03, 2020 at 04:00

Blanca Silva says:

Since the Covid 19. I am home. And stressed My Dog has bern Sleeping to much. Maybe she feels my tension?


April 22, 2020 at 05:48

Bugaboo says:

Blanca Silva, leave them alone and let them sleep.


August 22, 2020 at 10:37

LindA says:

My dogs have been sleeping a lot. They appear to be bored although they get three walks a day. They don’t want to play with toys which one of them always love toys. And one of my dogs does not like the other dog, just Totally ignores him. Always has! I give them a lot of attention I don’t know what’s wrong with them.


January 24, 2021 at 07:34

Rae says:

We also have noticed our dog is sleeping a lot more. We are sitting a lot more since we havnt been able to get out and she loves to curl up and sleep a lot more


April 23, 2020 at 05:29

Dina Watson says:

My dog has been acting extra tired. I’m in nursing running rest home stressed about Covid-19. My 13 year old and husband home all the time. Do you think she is sleepy because of our stress? When we go walking she runs on leash and seems healthy. But she used to lay and sun in front of window and now she sleeps in her little pink dog bed and carries it from room to room were we are. And she puts are clothes in them if she can get them out of clean laundry basket. She is a 1 and a half year old cairn terrier 💘


November 18, 2020 at 07:55

Leah says:

I have a 4 year old cairn terrier Dina Watson, you don’t hear many people with them but that’s probably a comfort thing . Just likes being close to everyone but the constant activity in the house is probably mentally exhausting to them. My cairn is the same way but he just sleeps at my feet and whenever I look at him hell run and grab a toy to play.


April 26, 2020 at 07:44

Kelli says:

I recently rescued a 16 week old puppy. She was extremely active yesterday. We were out and she was running around a lot. Today she is sleeping most of the day. She doesn't seem distressed at all. Is this normal?


August 02, 2022 at 09:14

Sharrona says:

Kelli, I don’t think my 3 year old Golden sleeps when I’m out (rarely) and is more tired than usual when I return.


May 07, 2020 at 10:32

Chasandra says:

My 3 year old dog slept almost all day today and she has also became very picky with her food. Is that normal??


May 24, 2020 at 10:37

Karen Treliving says:

My 8 year old yorkie is sleeping more and acting out of character . I wish I knew what is wrong with him . He’s on anti inflammatorys for a shoulder that seems to hurt him and I’m doing antibiotic ear drops but he is not improving


November 06, 2021 at 08:40

Hayley Franklin says:

Karen Treliving, did your yorkie get better . Mine is 9 has been on anti inflatories for limping but not herself .


July 09, 2020 at 09:54

Sybil says:

I see my dogs sleeping like crazy and the only time they seem to be awake is first thing when they get up, barking at Fedex guys or whatever. There is nothing for them to do when it is so hot out. They do awaken for their meals which are home cooked.


August 03, 2020 at 08:33

William says:

Thanks for sharing the information, it’s really helpful. Yes, I agree usually there will be changes in the timings of their naps. However, make sure there is nothing going wrong with dog health visiting vets near you.


September 02, 2020 at 04:44

Donna says:

Does my dog Street a lot if she’s pregnant


September 12, 2020 at 06:27

Suellen says:

My dog sleeps all the time and when she wakes up she cries like shes trying to tell me something.


October 03, 2020 at 09:10

Carl says:

Suellen, take him/her to the vet.


September 19, 2020 at 06:19

Christina says:

My 7 year old sheltie just sleeps I try to play with him he just goes under table and sleeps on his cooling pad it’s like I have to fight with him to go for a walk. He don’t want to go out ??? But he’s eating drinking


November 18, 2020 at 08:31

veno says:

12 week labrador, got her 3 days ago. 1st 2 day, active.3rd day, just sleeping all the time. Should I be concerned


November 26, 2020 at 02:24

Tina says:

My 13-year shitzu has been sleeping close to 20 hours a day for the last 2/3 weeks. His last physical came out well. The last week he has wanted to be right next to me.


December 20, 2020 at 04:54

Momma C says:

Really very informative before panicking on what to do with my dog. THANK YOU!!! :)


December 27, 2020 at 01:14

Tami colston says:

Looks like there are a lot of us with suddenly sleepy dogs. I thought his sleeping and not letting me out of his sight is probably due to the fact I am home more due to the covid crisis. Any advice on how we should handle the separation anxiety that I see coming when we all go back to our normal lives? Thanks


February 10, 2021 at 03:49

Zdenka Stracinski says:

Great information. Especially sleeping pattern graphs-very helpful! We have a lab/collie mix...awesome dog. He is 3. He sleeps a lot I think but you say dog's sleep a lot. But if I say let's go out he jumps up and is ready to play, tail wagging. He loves frisbee so I think that is high intensity exercise/ play...


February 27, 2021 at 02:12

Karen E Haist says:

I have a 8.5 month old bernadoodle. She had her first heat at 7 mo. All of a sudden she is sleeping alot and is 'sad' and nervous. Her check ups have all been great. Would a recent haircut cause her stress? Should I be worried?


October 02, 2021 at 02:39

Lisa says:

What’s up with dogs sleeping a lot? Thats all my Dog wants to do lately is sleep. Is there something in the air?


April 21, 2022 at 12:38

Jeffrey Gray says:

This is the problem that we are facing with our dog. I was looking for some blogs to read about this problem, and I came across to find this blog. This blog has some nice information to get done with this problem. Thank you for sharing this blog with us. I am looking forward to read more such blogs in the future. Also, can you recommend some large beds for dogs?


May 30, 2022 at 02:06

Elaine says:

I just recently went back to work full time , my almost 1 year old Cockapoo seems to be mad at me all the time unless we are outside playing, Hes sleeping alot, seems sad, and only happy on the days i can take jim to doggies day care , i hive him all my attention when im home as much as i can, but he still hives me those go to "hello" looks , does ge not like me anymore ?😔


August 17, 2022 at 01:20

Christine says:

Elaine, your doggie might like another doggie at the daycare. He might be very sociable and misses his friends. :) I recently adopted two little morkies and they're sisters. Was concerned that if I got 1 dog, he or she would be lonely. Maybe think of adopting another little dog (slowly introducing him/her to the other one).

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