Corgis are unique pups. They have their own sweet and loveable personality, are easy to recognize and are an ideal size for many households. Caring for one is a bit different, however. For example, they sleep much longer than most small and medium-sized dogs. This is an adjustment for many pet parents who are used to more active dogs. Why do Corgis sleep so much, and how much is normal?
How Much Do Corgis Sleep?
Corgis are one of the fastest-growing puppies and will reach their full size in just one year. Because they are growing so fast, they need plenty of rest, like human babies who also sleep a lot. Corgi puppies can sleep anywhere from 18 to 20 hours per day.
Adult Corgis will sleep a lot less than puppies, but you may notice they still sleep quite a bit more than other dog breeds that are more active. Adults are energetic and playful when awake but will tire and need rest before they are ready for another adventure. You can expect a fully grown Corgi to sleep between 12 and 16 hours every day, mostly at night1.
Again, much like humans, Corgis will need more sleep as they age. Once they reach 7 or 8 years, you can expect them to start sleeping between 14 and 16 hours per day. Once they are 10years or older, they may need as much as 18 hours of sleep. If they develop any health conditions as they age, this could increase.
Why Do Corgis Sleep a Lot? 5 Likely Reasons
1. They Grow Quickly
As we mentioned, Corgis grow very fast. This process takes a lot of energy! They will need to replenish this energy in the form of good quality puppy food that provides balanced nutrition and plenty of rest.
2. They Are Playful (When Awake!)
When your Corgi is not sleeping, it will be very active. You might even describe them as hyper. When they use so much energy very quickly, they will naturally need a nap afterward. After a few hours of play, they should sleep anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the activity.
3. They Are Older
The amount of sleep they need will depend on their age, especially as they get older. After they’ve reached their senior years, starting around age 7, they’ll naturally need a bit more rest. Their playtime and other activities are just as enjoyable, but more naps should be expected.
4. They Have a Health Condition
Many health conditions will naturally tire a pup, from chronic ones like arthritis to acute issues that will resolve with treatment. You can expect they’ll need rest to recuperate. If this is the case, you can do things to make their rest more effective, like creating a quieter and more relaxing sleeping area inside a crate or providing extra warmth.
5. They Are Bored
Have you ever been extra tired when you have nothing exciting to do? Your Corgi will feel the same way. You can keep them actively engaged in a few ways, depending on the cause of their boredom. Increasing their daily activity can not only keep them busy throughout the day and not sleeping, but it can also ensure they sleep better at night since they have worn themselves out and are ready for a good night’s rest.
How Much Sleep is Too Much?
If you have had your Corgi companion for a while, you most likely know their sleep patterns. If they haven’t changed much, they will get as much sleep as they need. Any significant changes in their sleep should indicate a potential problem, and you should see their vet as soon as possible. As a new Corgi parent, you may not know what is normal for them. If that’s the case or you are unsure, you can always put your mind at ease with a trip to the vet.
Keeping Your Corgi Active in 4 Steps
If the solution to your pup’s oversleeping is getting them up and moving, there are a few things that you can do. Remember that not all Corgis have the same personality and may not respond to all activities. The best you can do is try the ones you think they will like the most and see how they respond.
1. Get Them a Friend
If you work full-time or are otherwise away from home for long hours, consider getting your Corgi a playmate. Your pups can keep themselves occupied when they are bored. Corgis are social and do best when they have others to play with, either dogs or humans.
2. Try Doggy Daycare
If getting another dog isn’t an option, you could also look into a local doggy daycare. Not only will your Corgi get the socialization they need, but you will also know they are well cared for and safe when you aren’t at home. These are usually locally owned businesses with experienced caretakers excited to spend time with your dog!
3. Try Interactive Toys
Another popular and less expensive way to engage your dog in active play is by purchasing interactive toys. Some toys require you to participate, but electronic toys can entertain your dog without your help.
4. Get Out and Around
Getting outside for a walk, hike, or other adventure is good for your Corgi and you too! You both get great exercise, fresh air, and a chance to meet others in the neighborhood who participate in similar activities. You may even end up with regularly scheduled events with other dog lovers.
While Corgis naturally sleep more than other breeds, you should still watch for signs that they sleep too much. In most cases, however, your dog is just being a Corgi. Be sure to keep them active throughout the day and give them a comfortable, relaxing place to sleep when tired. Then, enjoy the companionship of your cuddly Corgi!
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