Everything you Need to Know about French Bulldogs Sleeping
Frenchies have a reputation for sleeping a lot — but is that true? Find out in our Frenchie sleep 101 guide.
~3 minute read last updated September 20, 2019
Do French Bulldogs Sleep a Lot?
Sure, Frenchies have a reputation for lounging quite a bit.
But how do you tell the different between normal, healthy sleeping and excessive sleeping?
How many hours on average do French Bulldogs sleep per day?
While us 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, anywheres 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?
A family member moving away to college or something
Death of a companion
Arrival of a new baby
Change in owner’s schedule
It is possible any major life changes similar to those listed about can cause your French Bulldog to develop separation anxiety.
4. Current State of Health
Is my French Bulldog Sleeping Too Much?
Do you think your dog is sleeping a bit too much?
Sure, as your dog ages they will tire more quickly and as such require more and 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:
For the most part, any illness
Any metabolic disease
Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea because of obesity
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
Peeing and pooping inside the house
Repetitive or compulsive behaviors
2. Physical pain
Symptoms of Physical Pain in French Bulldogs
Antisocial or aggressive behavior
Changes in eating, drinking, and/or sleeping habits
Yelping, growling, snarling, and howling.
Constantly licking paws
Stiffness and limping.
Reluctant to climb stairs or slow when getting up
Changes in body and posture
Shaking and trembling
3. Needing to go potty
Signs your Frenchie needs to use the Bathroom
Abrupt changes in activity, behavior, or play. (Stops what they’re doing and starts sniffing around in circles)
Going to the door and scratching/pawing at it
Sniffing or licking butt/rear
Returning to an area where they once peed/pooped
4. Separation Anxiety
Symptoms of Separation Anxiety in French Bulldog
Pacing, whining, and trembling as you prepare to leave or while you’re gone
Excessive barking or howling
Chewing or digging around doors or windows
Peeing or pooping inside the house when you aren’t home
Excessive salivation and drooling
Doing anything they can to escape
5. Dementia in Aging Dogs
Symptoms of Dementia in French Bulldogs
Howling, barking, or whining at inappropriate times
Staring at walls
Fewer social interactions
Best French Bulldog Sleeping Times?
My French Bulldog Sleeps All Day and Night!
Sometimes, some dogs are just clingier than others. And that’s okay. Sometimes we have to realize that our dog is just the way they are.