The average amount of sleep for adult dogs is 12–14 hours per day, although it really depends on a number of factors, such as breed and age.
Right now, my chihuahua, Angel, is lying at my feet snoozing away. Later, she’ll wake up, eat, go outside for a bit and play — and then it will be nap time again. What a life, right?
Unlike people, who are usually awake all day, then sleep at night, dogs don’t have a regular sleep regimen. They catch several short naps during the day.
How Long Do Dogs Sleep Per Day ?
– Adult dogs sleep 12–14 hours per day on average
– Puppies sleep 18 hours per day or more
If your pet sleeps more or less than the average, it’s not necessarily cause for alarm. Every pet is different.
How much of the day do dogs spend sleeping ?
– Around 50 percent of a dog’s day is sleep
– Approximately 30 percent of the day is rest (mostly awake but inactive)
– Dogs are active only about 20 percent of each day
Naps During the Day
Time spent napping depends on the dog’s age and personality. Different breeds also seem to have different sleep requirements. Large breeds, such as mastiffs and Saint Bernards, generally spend a lot of time sleeping — up to 18 hours a day.
True, dogs do sleep more than humans, but they don’t sleep as soundly as we do. When they sleep and how much they sleep depends on the level of activity in their lives.
Top 3 Laziest Dog Breeds
1. English Bulldog.
Looking at the stocky physique of a Bulldog, it’s pretty apparent that they don’t get much cardio. Rather than chase a ball, they’d rather be laid out somewhere, possibly on their back, with loud snores pouring out of their brachycephalic (smushed) faces.
2. Shih Tzu.
Mellow small dog breeds are hard to come by. Along with the Chihuahua and Maltese, the Shih Tzu is often cited as a laid back breed that likes nothing more than to hang with its owner. Still, these guys can only be considered lazy in comparison to terriers and other zippy little dog breeds. They’re lively compared to the heavyweights on this list.
3. Chow Chow.
These dogs are sometimes described as looking like a cross between a lion (lounges on the Savannah) and a bear (hibernates all winter), with the temperament of a house cat (sleeps 25 hours a day). With a pedigree like that, it’s no wonder these aren’t the most energetic dogs.