There is usually no reason to worry about a dog that sleeps for 12 or more hours per day. Excessive sleeping is more than 12 hours per day can also indicate potential health problems. When you have concerns about your pet’s sleep, talk to your veterinarian.
How Much Sleep Do French Bulldogs Need?
New owners are sometimes surprised at how much sleep their French Bulldogs get. Additionally, owners may miss signs of sleep problems if they do not know how much sleep healthy Frenchies need. French Bulldogs sleep between 12-14 hours each day on average. Daytime naps and nighttime sleep usually make up this amount of sleep. Puppies need even more sleep, averaging 18-20 hours daily until about 12 weeks of age.
With age, French Bulldog’s bodies and minds become more tired, causing them to sleep more. Dogs need different amounts of sleep depending on their size, activity, age, and health, but most people should expect their adult French Bulldog to sleep at least half of the day.
Sleep is essential for dogs, just as it is for us. Human sleep cycles last 24 hours. Daytime is spent awake, and nighttime is spent sleeping. Our sleep includes deep sleep and REM, which act as restorative phases. Our bodies work on healing tissues and strengthening our immune systems during this time. REM has been shown to increase brain activity, which is good for learning, memory retention, and development. In REM sleep, the brain exercises neural connections that are essential to mental and physical well-being.
Due to their irregular sleep patterns, dogs spend only about 10 percent of their snoozing time in REM. Dozing off is a regular habit for them, and it is often a result of boredom, so they awaken quickly and become alert when something is happening. In order to compensate for their lost REM sleep, dogs need to sleep more total hours.
However, the human body spends up to 25 percent of its sleep cycle in REM, reflecting our habit of staying awake during the day and sleeping in the evening.
A dog’s age plays a huge role when it comes to how much sleep they need. In the same way that infants need a lot of sleep, puppies need to sleep 15 to 20 hours a day to help their nervous and immune systems develop. Puppies nap throughout the day to get the sleep they need.
French Bulldogs in their senior years often require more sleep than their younger counterparts, and they recover from exercise more slowly. Joint pain can sometimes cause senior Frenchies to become less active. Your French Bulldog may be developing arthritis if they are sleeping more and having difficulty standing and walking.
Changes in my French Bulldog sleeping pattern?
When your French Bulldog seems to spend more time sleeping or retreating to sleep rather than interacting with you, you may start noticing a change in their sleeping pattern. Various factors may be involved. These include:
|Stress or boredom|
|Similar to humans, dogs will react to stressful situations differently; some may sleep more than others. Your French Bulldog may be having difficulty adjusting if the household routine has changed recently. It would help if you spent enough time playing with and interacting with your Frenchie one-on-one. Exercise should also be a part of a routine.|
|This can be a very difficult scenario for owners to recognize, yet it is a common cause of sleeping more than usual. They often hide the signs of their pain from us, as dogs are good at hiding their pain. The majority of the time, dogs tend to appear normal, even when in great pain. There will be no yelping, crying, or obvious limping. If they seem less excited to go for walks or appear to tire more easily during activities they enjoyed previously, then pain may be a factor. In addition to sleeping more, you may also notice changes in their temperament, such as becoming grumpy or withdrawn.|
A veterinary surgeon should examine your French Bulldog if the pain is present to determine the cause. It is common for dogs to experience joint pain caused by arthritis (inflammation), but it can be effectively managed. The majority of cases are treated with a combination of exercises, physiotherapy, and weight loss, if necessary, along with joint supplements. A treatment plan designed specifically for your Frenchie can be devised together with your veterinarian.
|Is your French Bulldog getting more exercise lately? It is possible that more sleep is caused by increased exercise length or intensity. Any exercise increase should be made gradually over a period of several weeks.|
|If your French Bulldog is overweight, they may have difficulty exercising as much and become tired more often. They will fall into a vicious cycle by lowering their exercise levels, which results in them gaining more weight! Seeing your Frenchie every day can make it difficult for you to assess their weight accurately. Veterinary clinics typically have the capability of weighing your French Bulldog and scoring it visually. If weight loss is necessary, they can safely tell you how to achieve it.|
You should provide your French Bulldog with a balanced diet that is nutritionally balanced. If you are feeding your Frenchie a diet that does not meet his needs, you should seek the help of a veterinarian. In the short term, weight loss can sometimes be boosted with a diet formulated for weight loss.
|French Bulldogs with underlying illnesses may also show signs such as sleeping more than normal, as they do when they are in pain. Many diseases can cause lethargy and reduced activity levels.|
An imbalance in your French Bulldog’s hormones can lead to them sleeping more or being less active. The disorder might also be caused by weight loss, changes in appetite or drinking patterns, or changes in bowel habits.
Slower metabolism, weight gain, and lethargy are possible symptoms of an underactive thyroid. Medications can be very successfully used to treat this condition, which is diagnosed through blood tests. Many dogs whose energy levels have been affected by the disease see a huge difference once they begin treatment.
Red blood cells transport oxygen throughout the body, and an abnormally low level of red blood cells may present a serious risk. This result is a decrease in oxygen delivery to all of the body’s tissues. Having this condition may make your French Bulldog less capable of coping with exercise or exertion, as well as making them sleepy.
This is a highly contagious bacterial infection. Dogs can contract leptospirosis directly from other dogs or even humans. Water, soil, and air are also easy ways it can spread. In warm climates, it is most common.
|Some dogs have this condition. According to many owners, French Bulldogs who suffer from this condition sleep more. Hormonal imbalances may alter behavior and energy levels as well as manifest in physical symptoms. In most cases, these changes are temporary and will clear up independently. However, if your Frenchie condition is more severe, your vet may recommend effective medication.|
|Hydration & Nutrition|
|Dehydration can lead to your French Bulldog becoming lethargic. Give them more water to drink. It is also possible for your Frenchies’ energy levels to decrease if their food does not provide them with the proper nutrition. Similar to humans, dogs may become drowsy after eating carbohydrates.|
When To Get Help From Your Vet?
There are a few warning signs to watch for, and if you see any of them, you should visit a veterinarian.
|Your French Bulldog suddenly wakes up in a panic or is frightened.||Changes in your French Bulldogs sleep habits have occurred.|
|Keep an eye out for anxiety symptoms, such as staring at walls, fear, and aggression, and panting.||Despite having “something better to do,” such as playtime, your French Bulldog will sleep even when there is something better to do.|
|Even when your French Bulldog is playing, they may fall asleep suddenly||Long periods of time go by without your French Bulldog waking up for water or eating at mealtime.|
|You have a hard time waking up your French Bulldog in the morning.||You should also observe changes in appetite, urination, and defecation, along with increased sleep.|
You may wish to track your Frenchies’ sleeping patterns and symptoms before taking them to the vet. The vet will likely ask you many questions during the examination, so be sure to provide as much information as possible. Give your French Bulldog enough activities to do each day and make sure they’re a healthy weight. You may want to consider taking them to be assessed if they continue to sleep excessively.
When your French Bulldog sleeps a lot, it is probably not a cause for alarm. Nevertheless, if their sleep habits suddenly change, you should visit the vet. By closely monitoring their routines, you can maintain a healthy and active lifestyle for them.