Dog Breeds that Love to Sleep

We're all familiar with the expression "let sleeping dogs lie,"some dogs take it a little more literally.

By | Posted: January 12, 2015, 11 a.m. PST

Standard dog breed lists (yes, such as others I have written) name dog breeds that bark the most, jog the farthest, or shed the least. But the list below is where the pedal hits the medal, where the rubber meets the road. In fact, it’s the quintessential list. For let’s forget about all the other breed traits. What many owners really love are dog breeds that can hit the hay for more than forty winks, and who let us sleep in on lazy weekend mornings.

Photo by Sam Meyers 

My primary sources (a.k.a, my breed representatives) stayed awake just long enough to explain their sleepiness: 

French Bulldog: Ah, who loves a long night’s sleep more than moi. We were bred as companions, and in our early years, we were pets to the Paris elite and some red light district ladies as well. Now how our sleeping ability blends with these early roles I’ll leave you to figure out, but suffice it to say: Our ability to sleep is unsurpassed. Did you say this was a sleeping competition? Game on! Sometimes I get my best naps when my owner puts me in a long down-stay. Now just because we sleep doesn’t mean we sleep quietly. My family says I snore. I say that’s my way of enjoying sleep. They say they’re buying ear plugs.   

Great Pyrenees: I may sleep with one eye open, but I do sleep a lot. We were bred to calmly protect flocks in mountain areas. Today, my owner usually keeps me sheep-less (where did those little guys go anyway?) but I’m still the family’s guardian.  Unless I perceive a threat, I’ll generally sleep quietly in front of your fireplace. Now I mention the fireplace snooze because unless you’re a very small, odds are you won’t invite me into your bed. I weigh more than 100 pounds and yes, I’d probably leave some of my fur in your bed. But unless the house is threatened, odds are I’ll let you sleep in whenever you choose. If you put me out in the yard or in front of a window, though, I take no responsibility for sounding my bark alarm.

Pug: I need sleep to keep up my outstanding social charisma; it takes a lot of rest to exhibit that much charm. And I need sleep to rest my wrinkled brow!  My slumber history you ask? Well, I was the companion of monks, emperors, and kings.  I think they appreciated a nap, for we were bred to nap nicely. It’s an art, really. And I can jump up from a nap to a silly playtime in a flash if you invite me.  But if you don’t invite me, odds are I’ll keep sleeping, probably in your bed.

Pekingese:  Everyone talks about how in early years we rode in the long-sleeved robes of the Chinese Imperials, but we probably spent even more time sleeping in their beds. We Pekes are known as Lion Dogs, for supposedly we were bred to look like lions. I don’t see the resemblance, but we do have some cat-like traits. And of course lions (especially the males I believe) do excel at sleeping. I won’t typically ride in your sleeve these days, but I certainly won’t wake you from naps as often as those Terriers or Sporting Dogs. The Airedale, the Parson Russell Terrier, and the Irish Setter, for example, certainly aren’t as devoted to naps as I am.

Greyhound: Don’t look surprised to see me here! When I’m not sprinting at record speeds, I’m sleeping. And sleeping and sleeping. And I can curl up in a ball that reduces my size by about 75 percent. Ok, well that’s not documented by science or anything, but I’m pretty sure it’s close to accurate. Bottom line is I don’t take up much room when I’m sleeping. Now unless you have a rabbit that needs a good chase, I’m back to slumbering.



Other breeds that are at least less likely to wake you up than their counterparts include (and please don’t call me when they prove me wrong; I may be asleep).

  • Lhasa Apso
  • Bullmastiff
  • Newfoundland
  • Havanese
  • Bulldogs
  • Bichon Frise
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • And many, many sleepy mixed breeds!
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Lucy   Metairie, Louisiana

1/21/2015 1:37:23 PM

I have 2 Aussies that all they do is sleep

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Lynn   waco, Texas

1/20/2015 1:19:28 PM

For sure Basset Hounds take naptime seriously! I had about four or five breeds that I wanted to include but couldn't get a hold of their representatives to interview.. Well, it was either that or I ran out of word count room! What a blast I had writing this. Thanks for the input

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Leslie - 233329   Lakeside, AZ

1/20/2015 12:51:51 PM

Interesting article......

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Jim   Dayton, Ohio

1/20/2015 8:02:33 AM

How can you exclude Basset Hounds from that list??? I've never seen a breed sleep so much!

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