My dogs sleep a lot. A really lot. So I decided to see if I could find the real answer to “how much do dogs sleep?” According to Sleep and Dreams in Dogs and Cats:
Under controlled laboratory conditions both cats and dogs sleep about 13 hours per day but they wake up more frequently than people do.
According to Planet Dog:
• Adult dogs spend approximately half their life sleeping,
typically 12 hours a day.
• Some breeds need more sleep than others –
as much as 18 hours per day! (typically larger breeds).
I think mine sleep more than average – closer to the 18 hour limit. They sleep 8 hours a night with us. They sleep while we read or watch TV in the evening. And they sleep all day if we leave them inside. I’d bet they are only awake 4-5 hours a day during a normal day.
Buy your dog a good bed. Here’s one if they like turning in circles before they lie down.
Photo by mikecpeck.