Do French Bulldogs Sleep a Lot?
Sure, Frenchies have a reputation for lounging around quite a bit.
But how do you tell the difference between normal, healthy sleeping and excessive sleeping?
Is it normal for my Frenchie to snore?
How long should my Frenchie be sleeping?
What bed should I get my Frenchie?
Frenchies’ sleeping habits & energy levels will change as they grow up.
Typically, the older a dog gets, the more sleep they require.
Puppies’ Sleeping Habits
When Frenchies are puppies, they have tons of energy.
I’m not sure how every Frenchie is, but mine had a seemingly endless supply of energy. She was always getting into mischief and wanting to play.
Adults’ Sleeping Habits
When my Frenchie was around 3-4 years old, she started to “chill out” a bit.
She still has tons of energy but will nap periodically throughout the day.
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How many hours on average do French Bulldogs sleep per day?
While we humans are designed to require around 7-9 hours of sleep per night, adult French Bulldogs generally need around 12 to 14 hours of sleep daily.
Frenchie puppies can sometimes sleep for even longer, anywhere from 18 to 19 hours of sleep per day, only waking up for an hour or so after a few hours of rest.
The truth is that the amount of sleep your dog need really depends on these four factors
As previously stated, Frenchie puppies are going to require much more sleep than their adult counterparts.
As they age into seniorhood, your Frenchie is also likely to require more sleep during this time of their life as they tire easier.
2. Activity Level
Does your Frenchie live a sedentary lifestyle? If they’re like most other Frenchies, they probably do.
Unlike breeds that are bred to perform specific activities such as sniffing out bombs and drugs, assisting a patient with their medical problems, or other service animal needs, Frenchies are best at just hanging around keeping you company.
3. Life Changes
Has your dog been going through any major life changes, such as but not limited to the following?
- Moving house
- Death of a companion
- The arrival of a new baby
- Change in owner’s schedule
- A family member moving away to college or something
It is possible any major life changes similar to those listed can cause your French Bulldog to develop separation anxiety.
4. Current State of Health
Is your Frenchie suddenly sleeping more than usual?
Do they not “seem like themselves”?
If so, it’s probably a good idea to get them checked out by their veterinarian— they’ll be able to tell you what’s going on and how to treat it.
Is my French Bulldog Sleeping Too Much?
Do you think your dog is sleeping a bit too much? There might be a reason why…
Sure, as your dog ages they will tire more quickly and require more sleep.
But does something just seem a bit off about their sleeping habits?
There could be a few reasons why your Frenchie is sleeping excessively…
- Canine depression
- Hormonal imbalances
- Any metabolic disease
- Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea because of obesity
- Any other health issue– there are so many conditions that cause fatigue
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is my French Bulldog crying at night?
Is your Frenchie crying at night? This could be for a few different reasons, but it’s usually nothing serious.
Reasons Why Your Frenchie Might be Crying at Night
Is your French Bulldog suffering from anxiety?
Symptoms of Anxiety in French Bulldogs
- Destructive behavior
- Repetitive or compulsive behaviors
- Peeing and pooping inside the house
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2. Physical pain
Symptoms of Physical Pain in French Bulldogs
- Stiffness and limping
- Shaking and trembling
- Constantly licking paws
- Changes in body and posture
- Antisocial or aggressive behavior
- Yelping, growling, snarling and howling
- Reluctant to climb stairs or slow when getting up
- Changes in eating, drinking, and/or sleeping habits
3. Needing to go potty
Signs your Frenchie needs to use the Bathroom
- Sniffing or licking butt/rear
- Going to the door and scratching/pawing at it
- Returning to an area where they once peed/pooped
- Abrupt changes in activity, behavior, or play. (Stops what they’re doing and starts sniffing around in circles)
4. Separation Anxiety
Symptoms of Separation Anxiety in French Bulldog
- Excessive barking or howling
- Excessive salivation and drooling
- Doing anything they can to escape
- Chewing or digging around doors or windows
- Peeing or pooping inside the house when you aren’t home
- Pacing, whining, and trembling as you prepare to leave or while you’re gone
5. Dementia in Aging Dogs
Symptoms of Dementia in French Bulldogs
- Staring at walls
- Decreased activity
- Sleep disturbances
- Generalized anxiety
- Repetitive behaviors
- Elimination disorders
- Fewer social interactions
- Howling, barking, or whining at inappropriate times
Best French Bulldog Sleeping Times?
All the time!
You should try to keep your Frenchie on a consistent sleep/wake schedule.
My French Bulldog Sleeps All Day and Night!
If your Frenchie has recently started to sleep all the time, it could be a sign that something is wrong.
On the other hand, if your Frenchie is an adult & has become conditioned to lay around all day, it’s no wonder they sleep all day!
It’s time for them to get up, go for walks & play ball. Don’t push them too hard though!
Do Frenchies sleep a lot?
Kinda. Frenchies love to snooze throughout the day but this doesn’t mean they’re lazy by any means! It’ll only take a second for them to bounce up out of bed!
Do French Bulldogs snore a lot?
Yes, Frenchies are pretty loud snorers… some are better or worse than others, but it’s safe to say that most Frenchies snore.
Is it normal for my Frenchie to snore at night?
Sometimes snoring is completely fine, however, if the snoring has just started recently, it could be because your Frenchie has gained some weight.
Why is my Frenchie crying at night?
1) Anxiety 2) Physical pain 3) They need to pee/poop 4) Separation anxiety 5) Dementia