How many hours a day do dogs sleep? Average sleep for puppies, seniors

Is there anything cuter than a sleeping puppy? You look over from the table and there they are, man’s best friend sleeping amid the chaos of your household. They may even be dreaming about you.

It’s a swoon-worthy sight, but new pet owners may not know if their dog is sleeping too much, or too little. USA TODAY asked a veterinarian about everything you need to know when it comes to sleep for our furry friends.

A black and white dog sleeps while awaiting adoption.

How many hours a day do dogs sleep?

Most dogs sleep about half the day, says veterinarian Nicole Savageau. That’s about 12-14 hours. This is heavily dependent on their age, however. Younger and older dogs tend to sleep longer than middle-aged ones.

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