2. Dachshund’s Age:
The amount of sleep your Dachshund needs can depend on their age. Dachshund puppies and senior doxies require more sleep than adolescent or adult Dachshunds.
Four Stages of a Dog’s Life:
1. Puppy: Birth to 6 months old.
2. Adolescence: Between 6 to 18 months old.
3. Adult: Adulthood begins between 12 months to 3 years old.
4. Senior: The senior years range between 8 and 10 years old.
Little puppies are constantly growing at a rapid rate. Puppies need LOTS of sleep for proper body growth and strong brain development.
How much sleep does a puppy need?
It is normal for your Dachshund puppy to sleep up to 20 hours a day!
Is it possible for a puppy to sleep too much?
Puppies have a ton of energy when they are active. They play, run, eat, and explore. Their little growing bodies need lots of good, quality naps. I’m talking 30 minutes plus, several times per day.
5 or 10 minute naps won’t do. Help your puppy get an adequate amount of sleep by keeping things quiet during their nap time.
My puppy, Eko, slept all of the time. But, every little sound would wake him up. So, when it was nap time, I put him in his puppy playpen with a soft blanket. I also turned a fan on for white noise. Eko would nap 1-2 hours at a time if everything stayed quiet.
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As they age, older doxies start to slow down because their metabolism slows down, which is a normal part of aging.
Senior dogs won’t eat as much food as they did as adult dogs, but they do gain more weight and sleep a lot more. An older dog’s body will also take more time to heal. Getting plenty of rest helps them feel better.
My Dachshund mix, Bastian, is 15 years old. He enjoys his daily walks, still has a good appetite for his age, and he sleeps most of the day and all night.
When Dachshunds turn 12 months old, they will usually take a couple of naps during the day, but not as many puppy naps as they used to.