The breed of dog you have should fit your lifestyle. If you like getting lots of fresh air and exercise, you’ll need a dog that can keep up with you (alternatively, you need to make sure you can keep up with your dog!). If you prefer a more relaxed lifestyle, a breed that’s happy to laze around a little would be more suitable.
So, if you’re thinking about getting a puggle, one of the things you need to consider is whether they’re a high-energy or low-energy breed.
Are Puggles Lazy? Adult puggles sleep around 12 hours per day, which is average for most dogs. Due to being a crossbreed with pug and beagle ancestry, an individual may inherit stronger traits from one side, resulting in them being lazier or more energetic.
When do Puggles Sleep?
Your puggle will find a sleeping schedule that fits into your daily routine.
When we say that a puggle typically sleeps around 12 hours a day, this is made up of overnight sleep plus any daytime naps – not just one long snooze. That said, they’ll probably get a lot of sleep during the night, following the lead of their owners.
Thanks to their beagle heritage, puggles can get very energetic during walks and playtime. For example, if you take them out to a dog park, they’ll happily run around, play, and socialize.
As long as they have the opportunity, they’ll keep going until their energy reserves run low and it’s time to go home.
With their exercise needs fulfilled, a nap will be the next priority to rest and recuperate. In this regard, puggles will be content to laze around and cuddle up with their owner for some quality relaxation time.
Essentially, anytime a puggle isn’t out on a walk, eating, or playing, you’ll most likely find them napping.
Do Puggles’ Sleeping Patterns Change with Age?
Across your dog’s lifetime, you may well notice changes in their sleeping habits as they progress from puppy to adult to senior.
Though they seem like fluffy bundles of endless energy at first glance, puppies require significantly more sleep than adult dogs. Newborns, in particular, will spend the vast majority of their time sleeping, only waking up for mealtimes.
Sleep is vital to a puppy’s healthy development.
It’s no secret how fast a puppy will grow; sleep ensures they can do so safely while restoring the energy it uses.
Furthermore, getting sufficient rest is vital for building a robust immune system and keeping your puggle’s health in good condition as they progress into adulthood.
It’s not just your puggle puppy’s physical growth that benefits from their sleep-heavy schedule.
Getting enough rest is also key to their mental development.
While they’re awake, puppies constantly learn about the world – exploring new places, socializing with potential new friends, and taking in new smells, sounds, and tastes.
Let’s not forget the brainpower needed to focus on training; even a beginner ‘sit’ command takes a lot of practice!
After all this learning, it’s natural for them to need a rest. While they sleep, their brain can take a break until they’re ready for another day of learning.
In terms of height, a puggle will stop growing at around 6-8 months old.
However, their muscle and weight development will carry on until their first birthday.
Overall, a puggle is considered fully grown at around a year old. Across this period, you will likely find that the amount of time your puggle spends sleeping will slowly decrease.
That being said, a young puggle may go through phases where they sleep for longer than usual.
These are usually triggered by growth spurts and are no cause for concern.
Sleep will also be a common pastime at the other end of a puggle’s life.
Just like humans, a dog’s senior years will include a gradual drop in energy.
The energy they use will take longer to restore, meaning walks will become shorter, playtimes may be less lively, and time spent asleep will increase.
This is a natural response to the slowing down of life and usually isn’t anything to worry about.
However, an older dog may start exhibiting some health problems, which you should be keeping an eye out for. If they seem unhealthy, unhappy, or their sleep schedule changes suddenly (rather than at a natural, slow pace), you may want to consider a check-up with a veterinarian.
Where Should my Puggle Sleep?
Different owners will have other preferences for where their puggle sleeps.
Depending on what suits them, a puggle may sleep in a crate, in a closed room, with free roam of the house, or even up on the bed with its owner.
The decision you make about where your puggle spends the night will ultimately be influenced by whichever option provides the best night’s sleep for both of you.
If both you and your puggle are affectionate and not too bothered about personal space, you can always have them sleep in your room or bed with you.
Alternatively, you may both prefer a quieter environment with your own space, in which case, separate rooms would be better.
Crate-trained dogs often like to sleep in their crate, as it provides comfort and security. The same goes for dogs that spend a lot of time in their bed – it’s a familiar place they can claim as ‘theirs.’
If your puggle sleeps in your bed or with loose blankets, you might notice their habit of burrowing under the covers. This is their natural instinct to surround themselves with something that feels safe and protective.
It also makes for a warm, cozy den.
Wherever your puggle sleeps, it should be a quiet spot with minimal sources of stress, such as unfamiliar loud noises or movement. The room should be at a comfortable temperature, and they should (maybe obviously) have somewhere to sleep, such as a crate, bed, or mat. Even in those annoying instances where you go to the trouble of buying them a comfy bed and they still opt for the floor, they should always have the choice.
When you and your puggle have chosen a sleeping spot, it’s best to keep it consistent. Dogs like to have a routine, and disrupting it without reason could cause stress and sleepless nights for both of you.
Why isn’t my Puggle Sleeping?
If your puggle isn’t sleeping, one reason could be that they’re not getting enough exercise during the day. While they only need about an hour of activity to stay healthy, they will feel wound up with unspent energy if they miss out on it. If they have been getting daily exercise but still won’t sleep, try rearranging their routine a little and moving playtime or walks closer to bedtime.
That way, they’ll be more than ready to sleep at the desired time.
It’s also possible that your puggle will have inherited more beagle than pug when it comes to exercise. If you suspect this, try having longer walks or play sessions to tire them out successfully.
Further to this, try establishing a routine with your puggle. If every day looks vastly different, they may feel confused and stressed, not knowing when or where bedtime is.
If you try and keep their activity patterns consistent, before too long, they will catch on and feel more comfortable going to sleep at the usual time.
With a well-established routine, some dogs will even take themselves to bed without their owner needing to intervene!
If none of these work, try looking for any other sources of stress.
Remember that a dog’s hearing is far superior to our own – is it possible they’re sleeping in a room where they can pick up on distant, unfamiliar sounds? If so, you could try moving them to another room, removing the source of the stress, or buying a white-noise machine to create a more soothing environment.
If you’re concerned about your puggle’s stress levels, you can read more about helping them relax with our Do Puggles Bark a Lot? Blog post.
Why is my Puggle Sleeping So Much?
As you may suspect, the solution to oversleeping will be the opposite of solving ‘undersleeping.’
If your puggle is sleeping more than you think they should, they may be getting too much exercise. If they have inherited more pug than a beagle, they’ll need a little less than an hour a day. Try shorter walks or playtimes and see if they perk up a little.
As we’ve seen, sleeping a lot can also be harmlessly attributed to age. Young and old puggles alike will sleep more than their adult counterparts.
In some unfortunate cases, sleeping too much can be a sign of illness in dogs. In this case, the oversleeping will likely come on rapidly, without any apparent reason.
If you suspect your puggle may be unwell, be on the lookout for any other symptoms, such as loss of appetite or trouble breathing.
Trust in your instinct – you know your dog better than anyone, so if you think something might be wrong, it could be worth a vet visit to make sure everything is okay.
Puggles are not particularly lazy dogs. Adults will sleep for roughly twelve hours a day, which is the canine average. They should have around an hour of exercise a day, including a good walk and plenty of time playing. As long as this is fulfilled, they’ll be happy to relax in their bed or with their owners for the rest of the day.
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