Why Does My Chihuahua Sleep So Close to Me? (Solved!)

Sleeping close to you is a sign of trust and affection, plus it also is a comfortably warm spot for your Chihuahua. With this breed especially, it’s a definite sign of love, as Chihuahuas tend to pick one person and merely ‘tolerate’ anyone else at the most.

By sleeping at your side or even in your lap, your Chihuahua is showing you that you are both loved and trusted and that they want to be close to you whenever they can.

In today’s article, we’re going to answer the most frequently asked questions about Chihuahuas and their sleeping habits. How long do they usually sleep? Should a Chi pup sleep in your bedroom or somewhere else?

Find out the important answers to these questions and more by reading on to the sections below!

Do Chihuahuas like to sleep a lot?

Yes, Chihuahuas do tend to sleep a little more than other breeds. These little guys and gals have a LOT of energy, but all that perkiness comes at a price. While most dog breeds will sleep around 12 to 14 hours every day, it’s not uncommon for Chihuahuas to sleep a whipping 14 to 18 hours per day.

That said, they tend to learn their owner’s schedule, so don’t worry. You’ll have plenty of time with your dog and the time that you do spend together will make you envious of their excited energy.

Can Chihuahua sleep through the night?

Yes, once a Chihuahua reaches about 6 months of age, then they will likely be able to sleep the entire night uninterrupted. Until then, however, you will likely need to take them out once or twice at night. As pups they are the most needy, since they cannot control their little bladders for very long.

Due to this, a Chihuahua pup can usually wait for up to an hour for every month of their age. While sleeping, this schedule is a bit more relaxed, but if your dog is awake at night and you hear them crying out then you should take them outside right away to avoid any incidents.

Why do Chihuahuas sleep under blankets?

Dogs love dens and tend to burrow naturally, but none more so than the Chihuahua. These little guys and gals absolutely love the warmth and the secure feeling that they get when they burrow into a blanket, especially when you are underneath it too!

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This is very cute but you need to be careful if you are a restless sleeper, as rolling on your fragile dog could possibly hurt them or at least earn you a panicked nip for disturbing their sleep!

Do Chihuahuas like to cuddle?

Yes. Though these picky dogs tend to bond to their owner and merely tolerate the rest of the people on the planet, that lucky chosen person should expect a bit of cuddling.

Chihuahuas absolutely love cuddling up next to you on the couch or on the bed, and some even like to sleep on the pillow right next to your head! While they get a bad rap for how they treat people who aren’t their owner, Chihuahuas are extremely sweet to that one person whom they have chosen.

Expect your dog to try to be close to you often because they love you!

Can Chihuahua puppies sleep through the night without a potty break?

Generally, until they reach 6 months of age, Chihuahua pups are going to need to go out on a fairly regular schedule, even in the night.

The best thing to do is to set an alarm so that your dog doesn’t have any accidents in the bedroom or in their crate and resist the urge to let them sleep in your bed until they get older. As puppies, they need to go out every few hours, and can only wait for 1 hour per every month of age.

It’s a little trying at first but don’t worry, your Chihuahua will be able to wait a little longer each month and eventually they’ll sleep just fine through the night.

Should my Chihuahua sleep in bed with me?

As long as your dog is free of fleas and other parasites and they are at least 6 months of age, then letting them sleep on the bed is not only fine but encouraged. When they are younger, however, it’s not a good idea. These little dogs are fragile to begin with, but also they cannot control their bladders very well until they get older.

While a small nap with your dog might be okay at this time, that will confuse them at night when they aren’t allowed to sleep in bed. It is better for now to let them sleep in their own bed or a crate so that if there is a potty accident, it doesn’t happen where YOU have to sleep.

Can my Chihuahua sleep in a crate?

Yes, your Chihuahua can certainly sleep in a crate, but it’s a good idea to put that crate in your bedroom and make sure that it is facing the bed so that your dog will see you and feel safer at night. Crate training is quite useful, especially while you are still potty training your dog.

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Once they get old enough to sleep through the night, you can even leave the crate door open and your bedroom door closed so that they start viewing it as their own personal space.

This will make vet trips much easier and when they are older, they’ve got a place to go for some alone time if they want that or if they aren’t so fond of visiting friends.

Should my Chihuahua puppy sleep in my bedroom?

Yes, the bedroom is best when you’ve just brought your puppy home. They will feel safer with you close and you’ll be better able to hear them if your puppy needs to go out at night for a potty break. Just be sure to take them out when they cry, unless they’ve just had a potty break.

Too many potty ‘accidents’ can teach them that it’s okay to potty in the crate, and after that your potty training will take much longer as you’ll have to break them of that habit. That said, sleeping in the bedroom in their own bed or crate is definitely a good idea if you don’t mind the company!

When will my Chihuahua start sleeping in their crate without crying?

While it can sometimes take 2 to 3 weeks, usually a few days to a week is all that it will take for your dog to stop crying in the crate. Usually if the crate is in the bedroom, they will be able to see you, and this is going to comfort them quite a bit.

The trick will be to ignore cries for attention, as long as your dog has had their potty break on a regular schedule. Once they see that crying will not get them their way, then they will calm down and finally accept that the crate means it’s bedtime and that they should go to sleep.

Does my Chihuahua know when I am sleeping?

Yes, your dog will usually know when you are asleep, as certain chemical changes in your body will smell a certain way to them. If your dog is roaming the bedroom free with the door closed, don’t be surprised if they try to confirm that you are sleeping by smelling your mouth or nose.

If you pretend to still be asleep, they’ll usually back off, but otherwise they’ll notice that you’re awake now and likely become very excited to see that you’re finally up!