How Much Sleep Should a Labrador Retriever Have?

Everyone loves to sleep. Especially during those times when we are out for the whole day and used all of our energy extensively. But did you know that your Labrador Retriever feels the same way too? If so, how much sleep should they have?

How much sleep should a Labrador Retriever have? A healthy adult Labrador Retriever should have 12-14 hours of sleep. On the other hand, a Labrador puppy should have 20 hours of sleep.

There are a lot of things to be discovered about their sleeping habits. You may wonder, why do they sleep so much? What does their sleeping position mean? Do they have nightmares? Where should they sleep? Is too much sleep normal? How can we make them fall asleep quickly? Let us find out.

Why Do Labradors Sleep So Much?

Just like humans, the reason why dogs sleep still remains a mystery. However, this will help your Labs to renew the energy they exerted from the whole day of playing. 

Allowing your Labrador Retriever to rest will not only help him or her to regain physical vigor, but also gain much positivity as it replenishes its mood as well.

What Do Their Sleeping Position Means?

Interestingly, Labs also have their own sleeping positions. It gives a signal on how they feel about their sleep or how they feel on the inside. Let us consider some of what they do:

  • Curled up: They curl their bodies, tucking their nose under their tail and give warmth around themselves. Aside from giving warmth for themselves, they do this position to indicate that he feels calm. He feels safe as he sleeps. At the same time, if your Labs are doing this, they feel free to express themselves.
  • Super dog position: You will identify if your lab is doing this when he put his stomach down, and their legs are stretched outward. It literally feels like they are doing the form of Superman. When your Labrador Retriever is doing the same thing, it shows that he is delighted and has a lot of energy. It maintains the heat in their stomach that will make them feel warm even when they are going out from their homes.
  • The side sleeper: Putting your Labrador Retriever’s body weight on one side is one of the most common positions that they do. They feel so calm and relaxed in their environment. It shows that Labradors have trust in what is happening around them that makes them sleep peacefully.
  • The cuddle bug: They have been used to having this kind of position when they were still young. When you notice him nuzzled up to the next one he sees, it manifests that he was used to doing that since he was a puppy. It shows that they need someone else’s warmth. Labradors are mostly concerned about their body heat. By doing so with contact will keep them from that certain warmth. 
  • Passed out position: This is the cutest position popular among the crowd. A Labrador Retriever’s front paws are laying over his chest, and back legs are entirely hanging around in the air. It allows your Labs to cool their bodies very quickly. When they do this position, their organs are entirely exposed, which makes them vulnerable and prone to possible sickness. Recognizing this position to your Labs should not be regularly seen.

What Might Their Nightmares Mean?

Your Labrador Retriever has dreams too. The signs you can see is when they:

  • Growl
  • Scream
  • Doing aggressive actions

Just like humans, their dreams are pleasant, but sometimes they also have nightmares. It will cause them to be terrified of the things they’re not afraid of before they got that dream.

They have such nightmares because the dog’s structures and muscles are so intensely close to that of a human. When such cases occur, we can do something to help. 

First, try to wake your labradors up. But do not wake them up by touching or shaking them. Remember that they are currently having something in mind that we do not know of. Instead of helping them, we might get bitten instead of unknowingly. 

Second, take videos when you do not know what to do. This way, you can have something to show to your lab’s veterinarian. You can learn tips and assistance on what to do when such cases occur again. 

Third, be observant. They might have different reactions in different situations when they were dreaming. This will let you find out and sort what they are going through or if it could raise serious concern for them. 

Where Should They Sleep?

This case varies from owner to owner. Some pet parents want to be sleeping with their Labs, some have set a place for them. To help you decide, here are some pros and cons you may consider if you want them to sleep beside you:

Sleeping with dogs can increase positive emotional health. Labrador Retrievers are not the only ones who are attached to their pet parents. Even the owners had cultivated a strong bond with their Labs. 

It makes them calm and less anxious for the rest of the night. They have also come to learn that those pet parents who have been used to sleep with their Labs caused them to decreased blood pressure.

We have discussed some of the benefits. However, it also comes with some negative sides:

We do not know where they have been playing around for the rest of the day. Your Labs might have gone from dirty places. When you sleep with your lab, you can also carry the infections they bear as well.

Sleep deprivation is a common reason why some people do not allow their Labs to sleep beside them. When they were little, they used to be with over your arms and sleep with them. Once they get used to it, they have a tendency to do the same thing.

But things are different now as they have more experiences and energy. They will disturb your sleep as they do not have a sleeping pattern like us. 

Behavioral issues in the dog are one of the things needed to be considered. This will cause them to signal through sounds or bothering you while you sleep to get your attention. 

Other cases occur when they do not obey what you command them to do. Instead of relaxing for the rest of the night, you might be spending your time to give your Labs their needs that could actually be fixed the next day after.

Too Much Sleep Is Not Normal

Too much sleeping may be a sign of healthy demand for your Labs if they are not used to have those hours.

Make sure that you keep your Labrador Retriever hydrated by giving enough water to them. Generally, adult labs need about one ounce of water per pound of body weight per day. For example, if your lab weighs 35 pounds, he’ll need somewhere around 35 ounces of water each day.

At the same time, change their food to ensure that the right amount of nutrients has been served.

Older dogs tend to sleep too much. But when you sense something unusual about their habits, it is best to consult with their vet.

How to Make Them Fall Asleep Quickly

If you have decided not to allow your Lab to sleep beside you, placing a new bed exclusively for him will help your Lab to be familiar with the surroundings. 

Putting on a new bed will make him comfortable and less bothered that will make him sleep comfortably.

Exercise is essential for your Labs to exert energy. Remember that Labrador Retrievers are highly energetic. Letting them out those energies will help them to sleep at night comfortably. 

If they failed to do so, they would be awake for the whole night, causing disturbance on your time for sleep. Bringing these things into consideration will help you to be convenient for the rest of the night.

Never punish your labs for what they do. This will not help them to learn a lesson. Instead, it will cause them trauma, and it will affect their viewpoint about you being their close friend. 

Sleep is essential to your Labrador Retrievers, just as how important it is for humans. They need 12-18 hours if they are already an adult Lab. Puppies need to have 20 hours of sleep. 

My Final Thoughts

Labrador Retrievers need to sleep to renew the energy they had exerted for the whole day. 

Your Labs’ sleeping position says so much about how they feel about their surroundings. Being mindful about how they sleep will help us to give them what they need, either they are cold or not feeling well.

Making decisions on where they should sleep varies. It depends on you. Checking the pros and cons of sleeping with them can give you a guide on what to decide for your safety.

Too much sleep should not be worrisome. If your lab is already old, it’s reasonable to sleep for longer hours than usual. 

Keep them hydrated and if they change their food if possible to ensure that they receive the proper nutrients. Remember that it shows a lot when they do not have a proper diet. 

Most importantly, whether you bring them when you go outside or when they just stay at home, make sure your dog has somewhere he or she can go away and be undisturbed to rest and sleep.

John Carter

My name is John Carter and I absolutely love pets, especially dogs. I've got a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare and have several years’ experience working in animal shelters and rescues. My passion for animals started at a very young age as I grow up on a farm with several horses, cows, cats, chickens, and dogs on our property.

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