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November 04, 2019

Why Do Dachshunds Sleep So Much?

Sleeping Dachshund

Does your Dachshund sleep a lot? If so, should you be concerned? How much sleep is too much for your dog? Well, it depends on what is causing your Dachshund’s sleepiness.

We understand that your Dachshund’s “excessive” sleeping might be a source of concern, especially when you know that doxies are considered to be energetic and lively animals.

Thus, in this post, let us take a look at some of the reasons your Dachshund might be sleeping a lot.

Natural Tendencies

According to one estimate, dogs generally spend 20 percent of their day being active, 30 percent inactively awake, and 50 percent of the day sleeping. This is especially true with Dachshunds, whose ancestors normally sleep a lot because of the nature of their work in the past.

As you may know, Dachshunds are hunting dogs. Thus, they normally sleep when they don’t hunt to conserve energy. This natural tendency could still be seen in modern dachshunds today.

For Dachshund owners, you can expect your four-legged friend to sleep as much as 14 hours a day. It is completely natural for dogs, including your Dachshund, to snooze as soon as they don’t see any meaningful activities for them to perform.

Sleeping Dachshund Cute


How old is your Doxie? Dachshunds in both extreme ends of the age spectrum tend to sleep more. Puppies and old dogs sleep as much as 18 hours a day.

It is understandable for us to notice puppies sleeping a lot, but as dogs grow old, they lose their vitality, strength, and stamina. They don’t exert as much physical and mental effort as they used to.

Sleeping Dachshund Back


Your Dachshund feels comfortable when they are in a familiar place. You might have noticed that your Doxie sleeps a lot when he is at home, but if you bring him outside, he is mostly awake and active.

Moreover, an environment with more stimuli can keep your dog awake. For example, if you have visitors coming over, your Doxie would most likely avoid sleeping. Compare that to when you are alone in your home with your Doxie.

Sleeping Dachshund Relaxed

Should you be concerned?

As a pet owner, you get an idea of what is normal sleep pattern and duration for your dog and what is not normal. For this reason, you should be concerned when there’s a dramatic change in your dog’s sleeping patterns.

Usually, a change in sleeping is accompanied by signs of illness. If you observe these signs, call your vet right away.

Sometimes, change in sleeping position may indicate back problems. If you know your Doxie loves to sleep on his back or curled up and suddenly stops doing it, then you need to get his back checked.

So, why do dachshunds sleep so much? Some of the answers are found above. If you still need more details, speak to your vet today.


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