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.

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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

1. Age

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
  • 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
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Any metabolic disease
  • Canine depression
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Cancer
  • 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

1. Anxiety

Is your French Bulldog suffering from anxiety?

Symptoms of Anxiety in French Bulldogs
  • Aggression
  • Peeing and pooping inside the house
  • Pacing
  • Restlessness
  • Destructive behavior
  • Drooling
  • Panting
  • 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)
  • Sniffing
  • Circling
  • Whining
  • 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
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Generalized anxiety
  • Aggression
  • Decreased activity
  • Howling, barking, or whining at inappropriate times
  • Repetitive behaviors
  • Elimination disorders
  • Staring at walls
  • Fewer social interactions
  • Disorientation

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.

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