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Why does my dog sleep all day?

asked 2017-01-24 17:31:43 -0600

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answered 2017-02-23 13:38:29 -0600

Dogs require more sleep than humans. Puppies and small dogs can sleep up to 16-18 hours a day! It is part of their nature.

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answered 2017-02-23 13:43:16 -0600

Every dog is going to be different when it comes to how active they are. On average, a dog will sleep or be inactive for about 50% of their day. If this is normal behavior for your furry friend, then there is nothing to worry about. If he or she starts sleeping a lot more than usual, it could be something to bring up to your vet at the next visit. Although, if they continue to have a hearty appetite and will eventually get up to go for a walk with you, there is nothing to be concerned about. If you are interested to learn more about your pet's sleeping habits, feel free to check out this article: http://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-long-dogs-sleep-average/ (http://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-l...)

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answered 2017-02-23 13:44:17 -0600

Dogs are very much like humans, they need a lot of sleep. In fact, they tend to get more sleep than we do. How much sleep also depends on their activity level and the amount of sleep they get can also be due to their breed. Large breed dogs like mastiffs tend to sleep up to 18 hours a day.

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answered 2017-02-23 13:47:18 -0600

There are many answers to this question! Firstly, dogs don't sleep as deeply as humans, so their sleep isn't as restful as ours. Most family dogs sleep 18 hours a day! There are also different factors at play, such as the energy level of the dog ...dogs that compete in agility trials may need longer rests to recoup their muscles, etc. Puppies, like babies, need frequent rest breaks. Senior dogs expend more energy just to move around, so they need more naps/sleep. So the breed, health, age, and lifestyle will depend on how much sleep the dog needs. A military dog which is "on duty" much of the day must remain awake and focused throughout the day, when at the same time the average mixed breed at home would most likely be sleeping, especially if nobody else is around to keep them occupied.

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