How Many Hours A Day do Puppies Sleep?

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how many hours a day do puppies sleep

You have decided to expand your family and got a puppy with the hopes that the puppy will help entertain the kids but now it seems as though all puppy wants to do is sleep.

You may be wondering just how many hours a day do puppies sleep? Is it normal for puppies to sleep so much? How do you know if your puppy is sleeping too much? You may even be wondering where should puppy sleep?

We are going to go over each of the questions above so that when you are done reading this you will better understand your puppies sleeping habits.


Hours Of Sleep:

Your puppy will be a little ball of energy when he is awake exploring, learning, and playing these things take a lot of energy not to mention the energy it takes for their little bodies and minds to grow.

A growing puppy should get no less than 15-18  hours of sleep in a 24 hour period. Puppies need this amount of sleep until they stop growing usually around 2 years old some a little less and some more.

I have seen some articles where they say puppies are done growing at a year and that is absolutely false.

After the first year your puppy probably won’t grow much taller, he or she may still grow a little taller but after the first year, your puppy’s body will start to build more muscle.

In other words, your puppy will grow tall the first year and will grow out the second year. Their minds are still developing the second year as well.

After your puppy is all done growing they will still likely sleep 12-14 hours in a 24 hour period larger dogs may even sleep up to 18 hours in a 24 hour period

Every time your puppy sleeps their body is working hard to help them develop both mentally and physically.

The nervous system and brain development and get stronger and their muscles are growing and toning up as they sleep building their immune system as well.

At 3 months old your puppy should get no less than15 hours of rest in a 24-hour period when having a growth spurt may require more than 15 hours which is perfectly normal.

Lack Of Sleep:

If your puppy does not receive the proper amount of sleep it can actually put them at risk in the future for health problems and as he gets older disabilities may also develop.

Puppies are a lot like children when they don’t get enough rest. A puppy that isn’t getting enough sleep or if overtired will act out just as a toddler will.

They will start being little terrors, getting mad easy, or showing erratic behavior for no apparent reason.

If your puppy is getting the proper amount of exercise daily, eating well, and has a comfortable place to rest, he or she will get the rest that their bodies require without being forced.

Below are a few tips to help your puppy get the proper amount of rest.

  • Even if you allow your fur baby to sleep with you in your bed you should always have a comfy spot with a bed for him/her of their own.
  • Make sure your puppy’s bed is set off to the side while still giving them the ability to see what’s going on when they open their eyes.
  • Try to make sure that while sleeping nobody is directly disturbing them.
  • Make sure your puppy is getting the proper amount of exercise and socialization every day. If they do sleep will come easy because they will have used up any extra energy.
  • Always make sure they are being fed the right amount of food and water during the day and you take it away at a certain time at night to help reduce any accidents during the night. Our puppies have food out from 7am-7pm and they eat when they want between those hours.
  • Although ideal it is not practical to believe a precise schedule can be followed it’s more practical to have a regular routine for your puppy.


Sleeping Too Much:

How do you know if your puppy is sleeping too much? If it seems like your puppy is sleeping a lot more than usual before you panic pay closer attention to his or her other habits.

Is your puppy eating and drinking enough and if he is is he holding the food and water in or vomiting after consuming anything?

If he is eating is he eating enough or even too much? If your puppy is doing any of these things along with sleeping a lot more it is definitely cause for concern and you should visit your vet as soon as possible.

Sleeping more coupled with other symptoms is almost definitely a sign that your pooch has developed a doggie disease. There are several different doggie diseases that are life-threatening if not addressed immediately.

Here are just a few of the diseases possible and symptoms to watch for.

PARVOVIRUS:  Parvo causes your puppy to sleep a lot, vomit, diarrhea, and loss of appetite. This virus can take over quite fast, immediately take your puppy to the vet if you suspect they have parvo or are showing signs.

HEARTWORMS:  Symptoms caused by heartworms are lethargy, coughing, respiratory issues, weight loss, and heart disease. A vet visit as soon as you suspect heartworms is necessary also.

KENNEL CAUGH:  Symptoms are lethargy, heavy coughing, and gagging. Kennel cough is highly contagious so again a visit to the vet is in your puppy’s best interest.

Depression: Dogs and puppies are effected much like humans when it comes to major life changes they also affect dogs and their sleeping patterns.

Depression is just as real for canines as it is for humans

The death of a close family member or friend human or canine, jealousy of a new family member human or canine, moving into a new home, pregnancy, recovering from surgery, and any number of life events can cause your puppy or dog’s sleeping patterns to change.

Their sleeping habits will likely slip back into normal patterns after a short time of an adjustment period. Usually anywhere from a couple of days to a few weeks.

The above mentioned are only a few of the possibilities and symptoms to watch for accompanying your puppy sleeping too much.

If your puppy is sleeping too much because of an underlying problem there will likely be other symptoms so watch them closely.

At any time if you are not sure about your puppy’s health the one way to truly know what you are dealing with is to consult with or visit your vet.


Final Thoughts:

All puppies do best when they follow a daily routine but to expect them to be able to follow a timed schedule is setting yourself and puppy up for failure.

Most puppies, when getting what they need from their humans will naturally sleep when their bodies need to re-energize.

  • food and water
  • exercise
  • socializing
  • love
  • quality time

So how many hours a day do puppies sleep? Your puppy can spend up to 18 hours in a 24 hour period sleeping and resting.

Although it may seem excessive they don’t have as much deep sleep as we do or as long and when they are awake they are like little energizer bunnies and their bodies need all that rest to stay healthy and grow.

If you see a noticeable change in the amount of sleep they are getting, watch for other symptoms and if they are showing other symptoms you should get in touch with your vet to remedy the puppy’s problem.



10 thoughts on “How Many Hours A Day do Puppies Sleep?

  1. Hi,

    That was exactly the first thought that came into my mind: puppies are pretty much the same as our babies 🙂 And it’s our responsibility to treat them correspondingly.

    Thank you for sharing these great tips, I find your recommendations very useful!

    As far as I understood, it’s advisable to take away the doggie food. But what if they want to eat during the night?

    I appreciate your advice!

    Best Wishes,

    1. Hello Natalie,

      Puppies are a lot like babies in many ways, a puppy is a fresh canvas they don’t know what they haven’t been taught and it’s our job to teach them right and wrong and nurture them into healthy adult dogs.

      Until my puppies are house trained I leave food out from 7-7pm, of course, those hours work for us you may have different earlier or later hours and after they are house trained you can leave food and water out all night.

      If for some reason your puppy seems really hungry you can give them a snack just be sure to take them out for an extra potty break.
      I hope that answered your question
      Best Wishes
      Lisa Waa-Adame

    1. Hi Jason,

      I’m glad you found it interesting Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on this post. I can’t wait to check out your website as well. I hope you check out some of the other posts sometime.

      Best Wishes
      Lisa Waa-Adame

    1. Hello,
      You’re welcome, thank you for taking the time to read this post and passing it on, I appreciate the help getting out there to more readers.

      Best Wishes
      Lisa Waa-Adame

  2. I had no idea my one-year-old doxie still needed the same amount of sleep still. Thank you for the info!
    Do little dogs need more sleep than big dogs? Or vice versa?


    1. Hi Rebekah,
      Bigger dogs some times do require more sleep St.bernards require more sleep Mastiffs is another breed that requires more sleep as well. Really depends on the individual dog and all puppies require a lot of sleep and most will sleep when they need so unless you see a drastic change in sleeping patterns you shouldn’t worry.

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on this post I hope you are able to read some of the other posts as well.

      Best Wishes
      Lisa Waa-Adame

  3. This is a very well written post and I didn’t know puppies needed 15-18 hours of sleep — woof! Sometimes I wish I could sleep that much when life gets busy haha 🙂

    Neat article and very helpful information!


    1. Hello Jonah,
      I agree sometimes I feel like I could use that much sleep too. Puppies, on the other hand, do need quite a bit of sleep in order to grow into healthy adult dogs. I’m glad you found the article helpful.
      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on it.

      Best Wishes
      Lisa Waa-Adame

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