The amount a French Bulldog sleeps is a topic of interest for many new Frenchie owners.
It makes sense, because it would be concerning to see your dog sleeping all day if you were unfamiliar with the amount of sleep dogs typically need.
The thing is, Frenchies vary in types, personalities, and family history which means each individual pup will have slightly different sleeping patterns. It may be in the nature of some Frenchies to sleep more than others, just like it is for humans. But, of course, there are some hard and fast rules you should be aware of.
How much do French Bulldogs sleep?
The simple answer is – French Bulldogs require a lot of sleep.
Most adult Frenchies sleep approximately 14-16 hours a day. However, for French Bulldog puppies or elderly dogs, this average can go as high as 18-20 hours per day. When they’re young, they sleep more because their development is akin to that of human babies; inadequate sleep can negatively impact on their temperament, attitude, and health. For older dogs, they usually sleep more because their bodies aren’t as mobile as they used to be!
The average French Bulldog spends about 50% of their day sleeping, 30% of their day awake but moments away from sleeping, and the final 20% being active.
Although Frenchies are avid sleepers, it is vital to note that they are also flexible sleepers. They can routinely change their pattern according to your schedule. Just like other dogs, Frenchies wake easily if there is a sudden knock at the door or another abrupt sound – their instincts are always ready to protect their owners.
Is your French Bulldog sleeping too much?
It’s normal for a new Frenchie owner to be worried that their dog is sleeping a lot, especially if you’re unaware of their typical sleeping patterns. As you can see from the stats about how much Frenchies sleep in this article, it’s unlikely that you have anything to worry about. But it is still worth monitoring your pup’s sleeping patterns to be sure.
Frenchies are the perfect apartment-living dog given their small size, tendency to sleep long hours in the day, and small appetite for exercise.
However, if you think your bully is sleeping too much, lacking energy, are overly lethargic, or showing any other symptoms of illness, it’s always best to see a vet and get an expert opinion.
Will is the proud co-owner of Frankie, a Female Brindle French Bulldog, with his wife Michelle. We share our Frenchie experiences with the world to help health-conscious French Bulldog owners who want a happy, healthy, and long-living dog.