Corgis are sweet, energetic, playful dogs. But sometimes, they are not the most available companions. Does it seem like your Corgi is always asleep? This may have you wondering whether your pet is sleeping an unusual amount.
In this post, we will tell you how many hours a day on average Corgis sleep at different ages. We also will give you some recommendations for what you can do if your Corgi seems to be sleeping more or less than he should. Let’s begin.
How Many Hours a Day Do Corgis Sleep?
Corgis love their rest.
In case you are wondering, this means Corgis sleep more than many other dog breeds. Sleep Foundation states that the following is typical for dogs in general:
Clearly, there is quite a difference between a puppy sleeping 11 hours a day and one sleeping 20 hours a day—or between an adult dog sleeping 11 hours a day versus 16 hours a day.
So, if you have never owned a Corgi before, it is understandable you might wonder if your pet is sleeping too much, even if it is just the right amount.
Sleep Foundation also points out that as dog's age, their sleep patterns shift. The site says, “Adult dogs sleep longer at night than puppies do — usually between 60% and 80% of the hours between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. depending on their surroundings and their owner’s schedule.”
Sleep Foundation continues, “Middle-aged and senior dogs tend to wake up less often throughout the night and sleep later in the morning. They also sleep more during the day, as they nap more frequently.”
Why Do Corgis Sleep All the Time?
Why do Corgis sleep so much more than other dog breeds? Well, we have yet to find a specific answer to that question. As far as we can tell, it is simply genetics.
American Kennel Club states, “The amount of sleep dogs need also depends on their breed. Working dogs, for example, must stay awake for such physical and mental tasks as protecting property, pulling sleds, and doing water rescues. Dogs who aren’t bred for a certain task (or have “retired” from their role) will lie around most of the day, with snoozing at the top of the agenda. That said, most dogs are resilient about adjusting their sleep schedules.”Interestingly, Corgis were bred as working dogs (they herded and guarded livestock). Nonetheless, they sleep all the time anyway.
What if My Corgi is Sleeping More Than Average?
You might be getting worried if your Corgi is clocking more sleep hours than is typical for his breed and age. How do you know when there is a problem?
Well, it could just be that you have a particularly lethargic Corgi. Every dog has his own distinctive personality, and some dogs just love to lie around dozing.
But it is possible there could be an underlying health issue. It is always better to be safe than sorry, so we recommend you take your dog to the vet.
Sometimes Corgis sleep a lot because:
Your vet can check for injuries, illnesses, diseases, or sleep disorders. Yes—dogs can develop problems like narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea, and REM sleep behavior disorder.
If there is an underlying condition, your vet will work with you to devise a treatment plan for your corgi.
How Can You Help Your Corgi Get More Restful Sleep?
As counterintuitive as it is, an adult Corgi that appears to be sleeping 20 hours a day might not be getting as much sleep as you think.
He could be getting shallow, disrupted sleep which is not as restful as it appears.
Whether there is an underlying health problem or not, you can take some simple steps to help your Corgi sleep better.
If the quality of your pet’s sleep improves, he may be able to spend more hours during the day awake and alert.
1. Get your dog a comfortable bed.
A good starting point is to make sure your dog has a comfortable place to sleep. Individual Corgis may choose different sleep positions, so they may also have different preferences for shapes and types of beds.
You will need to pay attention to how your Corgi usually likes to sleep to figure out what kind of bed to purchase.
If you have an older Corgi or one with joint issues, consider an orthopedic dog bed that provides extra support. This type of dog bed may reduce discomfort and improve overall health, enabling better sleep. Your pet may end up feeling better while awake too.
2. Create a consistent schedule.
You probably know from your own life experiences that if you change up when you wake up and go to bed every night, it can be harder to get to sleep and stay asleep. You keep your body guessing, and it does not know what to expect.
It is not so different for dogs. If your Corgi has an irregular sleeping schedule, he may not know when it is time to fall asleep or wake up.
But if he does sleep on a consistent schedule, that will establish a rhythm that makes it easier to fall asleep at the proper time each night.
3. Make the environment more sleep-conducive.
Just as bright light and loud, random noises can keep you awake, they can also keep your Corgi awake. What can you do about it? Blackout curtains are ideal for keeping your Corgi’s sleeping area dark. The same white noise that helps you sleep could also help your Corgi sleep.
4. Maintain a daytime routine.
Stress is a psychological factor that can contribute to poor sleep in Corgis. Dogs are routine-based creatures. So, it helps them to wake up and go to bed at the same time each day and have an established, consistent routine throughout the day while awake.
Predictability and consistency should help reduce stress, which in turn should support restful sleep.
5. Move mealtimes earlier.
Sometimes the issue may be that your dog needs to wake up in the middle of the night to eliminate. If that is the case, it might be that you are feeding your Corgi at the wrong time.
If you push mealtimes earlier and remove the water bowl leading up to bedtime, your dog may be able to go outside to eliminate before bed instead of in the middle of the night.
Alternately, you might try feeding him later at night. Then he might be able to sleep through the night and eliminate in the morning.
In either case, if you can avoid him having to go outside in the middle of the night, you and he are likely to sleep better.
6. Make sure your Corgi exercises.
Although they sleep a lot, Corgis need a fair amount of exercise and mental stimulation. If your pet is not getting enough of either, he may be restless when it is time to sleep instead of tired and ready to drop off.
Either exercise more with your Corgi or make sure he has toys he can play with on his own throughout the day.
7. Socialize and play with your Corgi.
Even if you are very busy, you should try to set aside time to interact with your Corgi daily. Corgis are affectionate dogs; without your love and attention, your dog could become stressed and depressed. This could keep him awake.
If you can give him more affection throughout the day, he may sleep more soundly and be happier all around.
Should My Corgi Sleep With Me?
Another question you might have is whether your Corgi can or should sleep in your bed next to you. That depends on the dog and the situation. There are pros and cons to sleeping with your Corgi.
Advantages of your Corgi sleeping with you:
Disadvantages of your Corgi sleeping with you:
So, you will need to weigh the benefits and drawbacks for your situation. You might even need to experiment to figure out what works best.
What Sleeping Positions are Common for Corgis?
As we mentioned before, finding your dog a comfortable bed starts with paying attention to how he sleeps. Corgis may sleep in any of these positions:
Curled up: Some Corgis enjoy curling up into a tight ball to sleep. A Corgi that likes this curled-up position may be happy in a bolster or donut bed with cozy walls.
On their backs: This is a vulnerable sleeping position and suggests that your Corgi feels safe. Another reason to sleep this way might be to cool off on hot summer nights. A flat dog bed without bolsters that does not trap any body heat may be suitable if your Corgi sleeps this way in hot weather.
On their sides: As with back-sleeping, side-sleeping is a vulnerable position that exposes your Corgi’s belly. If yours sleeps this way, he is feeling safe.
On their stomachs: This is a less vulnerable sleeping position since the belly is not exposed. Plus, dogs in this position may not sleep as deeply. So, your pet might sleep this way if he is anxious or has a vigilant personality (and Corgis were bred to monitor herds, remember). Some Corgis may also find this position comfy.
A Corgi has no "right" or "wrong" sleeping position. Whatever position your pooch prefers, he will probably find it most restful. So, make sure his bed is a match for his preference.
Conclusion: Corgis Sleep a Lot!
Now you know that Corgis do love to sleep. If your Corgi is sleeping 12 or more hours a day, that is not unusual—even up to 20 hours a day as a puppy.
Still, if your Corgi is sleeping more than average or you have reason for concern, it is worth paying a visit to your vet to rule out underlying conditions.
Aside from that, there is a lot you can do right now to help your Corgi sleep more restfully.
Some Corgis will always sleep around 16 hours a day. But who knows? If you can help your pet sleep more comfortably by making some simple adjustments to your home or schedule, you might find he needs fewer hours than you thought.