How Much Do French Bulldogs Sleep?

Like most bulldog breeds, the French bulldog is a lazy one, and like most bulldogs, French bulldogs also like to sleep their day away. To be fair, pretty much all dogs like to bask in the sun and sleep to their little heart’s content.

How many hours do the French Bulldogs sleep?

On average, you can expect French bulldogs to sleep around 12 to 14 hours a day, and another 7-9 hours at night. French bulldog puppies and older Frenchies might sleep even longer, ranging between 18 to 19 hours a day.

Why do French bulldogs sleep so much?

The scientific theory is French bulldogs as well as most other dogs only spend 10% of their sleeping time in a state of deep sleep. Known as REM or rapid eye movement. You might have heard that term before as humans need REM sleep too. You might have observed your French bulldog twitching their tails or rapidly moving their eyeballs with eyes closed, well this is maybe their deep sleep phase.

How much do French bulldogs sleep when they’re puppies?

Most of the sleeping habits of your French bulldogs are the same as that of humans. You will see a puppy between 0 to 18 months sleeping around 18 to 20 hours a day. Young bulldog puppies are full of energy and you will always find them running around in the house and creating havoc. They need a good amount of sleeping time to recover from all the activity.

Additionally, your French bulldog puppies are constantly growing. And a lot of sleep is required during this period of growth. Sleeping at this age helps your Frenchie grow into a well-developed adult.

How much do French bulldogs sleep when they’re adults?

The next phase of their life is adulthood, between the age groups of 3 and 6 years, you will find them sleeping between 12 to 14 hours a day. They will usually sleep during the nights for full 6 to 7 hours and scattered sleep sessions throughout the day.

Generally, adult French bulldog divides their day into 3 periods. Roughly 50 percent of the day will be reserved for sleep, 30 percent of the time will be lounging and 20% will be active playtime.

How much do French bulldogs sleep when they’re old dogs?

When your French bulldog gets older and is between the age of 7 to 8 years, they will return to similar sleeping habits to when they were puppies. Like humans, as your French bulldog is aging it will need more rest. Hence, you will find them lazing around, napping or sleeping around most of the time when they become senior citizens.

What times of the day do French Bulldogs sleep?

You will find French bulldogs sleeping their longest sessions during the nights. It’s not uncommon for French bulldogs to sleep a good 7 hours in the night. The remaining 5 to 7 hours of sleep is done throughout the day in the form of frequent naps.

When to be concerned with their sleeping habits?

When you suddenly see a change in your bulldog’s sleeping patterns, visit your local vet. It might be the onset of something serious so better get your dog examined. Some symptoms such as change or loss of appetite, Coughing and Sneezing, Vomiting and diarrhea, drinking either too much or too little water, overall general lethargy might be a sign your French bulldog has an underlying medical condition that needs treatment.


French Bulldogs are endearing and lovable dogs. When they enter your home, they become a part of your family. Make sure you provide this special member of your family with everything it needs. The most important of all being, its sleep and rest.

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