Some Pomeranians seem to sleep all of the time, is it normal for Pomeranians to sleep a lot?
Do Pomeranians Sleep A Lot
Pomeranians sleep a lot with many dogs sleeping 12 to 20 hours a day depending on the dog’s age, activity level, and health status.
Sleep is very important for your Pomeranian to grow at the rapid rate it needs to and to repair and maintain good health.
Entering into a deep REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage of sleep where your dog will dream is most important to its health and quality of life.
How Much Sleep Do Pomeranains Need
The amount of sleep that a Pomeranian requires is based largely on its age and stage of life.
Puppies within the first year of life require the most amount of sleep for the tremendous amount of growth it experience.
Healthy adult dogs require the least amount of sleep to maintain their health and well-being.
On the opposite end are senior dogs that require more sleep to rest and repair.
How Much Sleep Does A Pomeranian Need Each Day
Pomeranians get the majority of their sleep at night but, will still need naps during the day.
The amount of sleep during the day will depend on your Pomeranian’s age.
Newborn puppies will sleep the majority of the time during their first weeks of life.
Older puppies and adult dogs will nap often during the day in an amount of 6 to 10 additional hours.
How Much Do Pomeranians Sleep At Night
An adult Pomeranian will get most of its sleep at night sleeping between 8 to 10 hours during that time frame.
How Much Sleep Do Pomeranian Puppies Need
Up to three weeks of age newborn Pomeranian puppies sleep all of the time except to nurse.
From three to six weeks of age, the puppy will be awake a little more often but, still sleeps most of the time.
Once a puppy reaches six weeks of age it will sleep around 18 hours within a 24-hour period of time until it reaches adulthood.
When Do Pomeranian Puppies Sleep Through The Night
Pomeranian puppies start to sleep through the night when they reach the age of 10-12 weeks.
How Much Sleep Do Senior Pomeranians Need
Senior Pomeranians require more sleep during the later time of their lives.
You can expect a senior Pomeranian to take more naps during the day.
A senior Pomeranian may sleep an additional 2 to 4 hours during a day compared to a young adult Pomeranian.
Should You Be Worried If Your Pomeranian Sleeps A Lot
I would not be immediately worried about my Pomeranian sleeping habits unless they have changed.
You know your dog the best and what is normal for him or her.
If your dog suddenly starts sleeping more than usual it may be best to visit your vet.
Reasons Why Your Pomeranian Sleeps A Lot
There are many reasons why your dog is sleeping more than usual.
Some reasons are harmless whereas others may be worrisome.
- Your dog is aging
- Health Issues
Pomeranians Sleep More As They Age
If your Pomeranian is over the age of seven it may require more sleep to feel rested and repair its body.
Dogs Sleep More When They Are Bored
If your dog is bored, sleep may just be one of the ways it has decided to spend its time.
Try playing with your dog and interacting more to see if it makes a change in your dog’s happiness and sleep levels.
Your Dog May Be Tired And Need More Sleep
If you have just gone out for a walk or playtime at the park, you can expect your dog to need more sleep.
Even if you haven’t done anything too strenuous the adventures of coming with you on your errands may be enough to require extra sleep.
Is Your Dog Experiencing Stress Or Anxiety
Pomeranians are known to experience separation anxiety which can lead to a lot of emotional stress and well as destructive behaviors.
If you sense that your dog has been more stressed or anxious it may be wearing itself out emotionally and require more sleep to recuperate.
Health Issues May Require Your Pomeranian To Sleep More
There are many health issues that may be causing your dog to sleep more.
Some of these health concerns include.
- Bacterial Infections
- Viral Infections
Set Your Pomeranian Up For Good Sleep
Setting up the perfect space for your Pomeranian to sleep is just as important as it is to them as a great sleeping spot is for you.
Making sure that your dog is set up for good sleep also makes sure that you can sleep as well.
Here are some steps to think of when preparing a bed for your Pomeranian.
- Make sure the space isn’t too hot or too cold (look for extra heat and drafts at night)
- Determine which room is best for your family and dog
- Determine if your dog will sleep in a crate or not
- Make sure your dog is brought outside to go to the bathroom right before bed
Where Should Your Pomeranian Sleep
Trying to determine where your Pomeranian should sleep can be challenging for some with a lot of options to consider.
Pomeranian’s Sleep Needs Compared To Other Breeds
Each and every dog breed will vary in the amount of sleep that they need.
Here is a look at some popular dog breeds in comparison to Pomeranians.
Pomeranians Sleep Needs
12 to 16 hours for the average adult Pomeranian.
Medium Dog Breeds
Many medium-sized dogs require 10-14 hours of sleep.
- Border Collie
- Australian Shepherd
- Basset Hound
- Shetland Sheepdog
Large Dog Breeds
Large dog breeds often require more sleep than small and medium dogs do with an average of 18 18 hours of shut-eye a day.
- German Shepherd
- Bull Mastiff
- Great Dane
- Great Pyrenes
- Belgian Malinois
- Alaskan Malamute
Age plays the biggest factor in how many hours of sleep your Pomeranian needs.
Young Pomeranians as well as older Pomeranians require the most sleep to grow and repair their bodies.
Overall you can expect your Pomeranian to sleep between 12 and 20 hours a day.