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Does Your Small Breed Dog Get Enough Beauty Sleep?

Updated: Feb 21

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The Significance of Giving Your Pooch Proper Sleep and Downtime

Restful slumber holds a crucial place in a small breed dog's daily routine, delivering an array of invaluable benefits.

Consider the following reasons why downtime is a fundamental aspect of your furry family member's well-being:

Information Processing

Just as dreams weave stories in our sleep, downtime enables dogs to process the information they've encountered during the day. It's a cognitive reset that contributes to their overall mental health.

Enhanced Brain Functions

Quality sleep bolsters our focus, brain development, memory retention, and learning capabilities in dogs. Their doggy minds flourish when nurtured with adequate rest.

Holistic Health

Sleep isn't merely a physical necessity; it's a tonic for holistic dog health. Proper rest fortifies the body, supports immunity, and fosters physical well-being.

Boredom Relief

A well-rested pup is a content dog. Downtime combats boredom, preventing restless behaviour that may arise from unspent energy.

Behavioural Encouragement

Embracing rest encourages positive behaviour. Dogs that receive ample sleep are more likely to exhibit good conduct and respond well to dog training.


"Dogs sleep more or less, depending on their size, breed, activity level, and other factors. Generally, smaller dogs tend to sleep less than larger breeds, but that's not a hard rule." American Kennel Club


Understanding Your Small Breed Dog's Downtime Needs

The amount of downtime your dog requires isn't a one-size-fits-all equation. Individual factors like age, size, personality, and activity levels weave a unique tapestry of rest needs.

Here's a general guideline:

Adult Dogs

In the comfort of a home environment, adult dogs generally snooze for 12-14 hours per day. This downtime allows them to recharge and reset.


Puppies are the sleep champs, clocking in even more rest at 18-20 hours per day. Their developing bodies and minds demand extended periods of shut-eye.

Surprising Comparisons and Nurturing Downtime

Did you know that a brief 15-minute nap for a dog can match the rejuvenation of a 90-minute nap for humans? The depth of canine rest is truly remarkable. At Mary Puppins Luxury Dog Home Boarding, we understand the significance of group downtime. Amid the vibrant home boarding environment, we offer moments of reprieve. This fosters bonding among dogs and Dog Nannies, while granting mental repose for our furry guests.

For those dogs who struggle with downtime

consider these strategies:

Safe Spots

At home, designate a crate or a cosy corner where your small breed dog feels secure. Reward them for calm behaviour with delectable treats they adore.

Interactive Engagement

Keep their minds engaged during downtime with interactive dog enrichment feeders like puzzles, licki mats, or snuffle mats. These activities channel relaxation and enjoyment simultaneously. In the grand symphony of a dog's life, downtime is a harmonious refrain that should never be underestimated. It's a tune that nurtures their well-being, enriches their experiences, and cements their place as cherished companions in our lives.

How many hours of sleep does a small breed dog need?

Small breed dogs usually need to sleep for most of the day. But this can change according to the dog's age, health, and degree of exercise, among other things.

What factors influence a small breed dog's sleep pattern?

Several factors can influence a small breed dog's sleep pattern.

These include the dog's age, breed, health, and activity level.

Environmental factors such as noise, temperature, and the comfort of their sleeping area can also play a significant role.

How can I improve my small breed dog's sleep quality?

To improve your small breed dog's sleep quality, consider providing a quiet, dark, and comfortable sleeping area, keeping a regular sleep pattern, ensuring your dog receives adequate activity during the day, and providing a cosy bed that supports your dog's joints.

What are the signs that my small breed dog is not getting enough sleep?

Signs that your small breed dog may not get enough sleep include irritability, forgetfulness or inability to recall basic commands, disorientation, and difficulty performing basic tasks.

How does a small breed dog's sleep pattern change with age?

Dogs' sleeping habits might alter as they become older. Compared to adult dogs, puppies and elderly dogs often sleep longer.

As they age, dogs' decreased energy and metabolism cause them to sleep more frequently.

Disclaimer: This article is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for veterinary advice. For specific veterinary dog health advice, contact a veterinary pet healthcare provider

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Kate Phillips, Chief Editor

BSc (Hons), MSc

Kate is the UK's very own Mary Puppins, a professional Dog Nanny and expert in small breed dogs. With over 30 years' experience and successfully helping high profile celebrity pet parents raise their furry families, Kate shares her top tips with you. Kate guides readers on small breed dogs, dog health, dog training, dog nutrition, dog food, dog walks, dog accessories, dog enrichment, rescue dogs, dog behaviour, dog grooming and the best products for dog mums and dog dads to create the ultimate luxury lifestyle for their small dogs.


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