While most dogs only need about 12 to 14 hours of sleep a day, Chihuahuas need a little more time to recharge. It only makes sense, after all, with all that boundless energy they seem to put into everything. As such, expect an adult Chihuahua to require 14 to 18 hours sleep within a 24 hour period.
You might not notice it unless you look, as this encompasses night and a number of quick naps during the day, but you’ll see a pattern if you look. Puppies require even more sleep, averaging 18 to 20 hours a day!
So, prepare some comfy spots around the house that are close to where you like to spend your time and you’ll have a happy, well-rested Chihuahua.
For the remainder of this article, we’re going to answer some popular questions about Chihuahuas and their sleeping habits. Should you sleep with your Chi? Why is your dog sleeping more than usual, of late? Find out the answers to these and other important questions – they’re waiting for you in the sections below!
Table of Contents
- Can a Chihuahua sleep through the night?
- Should you sleep with Chihuahua?
- Do Chihuahuas like to cuddle when they sleep?
- Why do Chihuahuas sleep under blankets?
- Why does my Chihuahua sleep so close to me?
- Why is my Chihuahua moving around while sleeping?
- Do Chihuahuas prefer to sleep in the dark?
- Why does my Chihuahua sleep with his bum facing me?
- Should my Chihuahua only sleep at night?
- Why is my Chihuahua sleeping more than usual?
Can a Chihuahua sleep through the night?
At around 6 months of age then yes, your Chihuahua can potentially sleep through the night. Before this, however, a good, basic rule is that your pup can go for 1 hour for every month of age. Chihuahua pups have small bladders, even fully grown, and when they are pups, they simply can’t wait much longer than this.
Until then, expect to get up in the middle of the night to make sure your little one doesn’t have any ‘potty accidents’. They’re counting on you, so set your alarm appropriately and be patient. This schedule won’t last forever!
Should you sleep with Chihuahua?
Yes, if you don’t roll around in your sleep, then sleeping with your Chihuahua is a great way to build up a bond and you’ll both appreciate the extra warmth at night. Chihuahuas are very selective about who they spend their time with and once they choose you, they want to be close as much as possible.
If you let them, you’ll never regret it, as many Chi owners will tell you!
Do Chihuahuas like to cuddle when they sleep?
Some do, though if your Chihuahua doesn’t like to sleep close, it might be that you are tossing and turning at night. While this is not always the case, it is quite common. Many of us don’t realize that we toss and turn because, well, we’re asleep.
If you aren’t sure, ask your significant other, or put some soft items next to you to see if you move them in the night. Odds are, if your Chi isn’t staying close, that you might have rolled on them once and they’re simply sleeping close, but being cautious about it!
Why do Chihuahuas sleep under blankets?
Dogs are burrowing animals, as they prefer the safety of a den out in the wild, and when domesticated this instinct never really goes away. Chihuahuas are especially inclined to burrow and when they see that they can get under the blanket, then good luck stopping them!
As little dogs, they also don’t regulate their heat as efficiently as larger dogs, so burrowing into the blanket also ensures that they are warm and cozy. Don’t worry, your dog isn’t weird – under the covers is just a comfy place that is warm and often close to you!
Why does my Chihuahua sleep so close to me?
That’s pure affection which you are experiencing. When your Chihuahua always wants to sleep close, it’s because they love you and because they feel warm and safe when you are nearby. If you don’t like this, you can always get them a dog bed and move it close to your bed, so that they can see you and feel safe.
If you’ve allowed them on the bed for a long time now, then you’ll need to be patient – it will take awhile to convince them that the dog bed is a better idea! Just be patient and they’ll learn!
Why is my Chihuahua moving around while sleeping?
When dogs going into heavy REM sleep, it appears that they start dreaming, just like we do. Leg twitches are common and sometimes little half-barks as they chase dream-rabbits or play in remembered playgrounds seems to be part of the norm.
Some dogs do it all the time, while it’s quite uncommon with others, so if you see if then take a little time to appreciate it. It’s adorable and lots of fun to watch your furry friend while they’re dreaming!
Do Chihuahuas prefer to sleep in the dark?
Yes, Chihuahuas prefer sleeping in the dark, just like we do, although if an older Chihuahua seems to get upset when it’s dark then it could be a sign of failing eyesight. Sleeping at night is just a matter of natural circadian rhythms which all mammals have, so you should consistently turn out the lights when it’s time for bed.
If your dog is getting upset, consider a nightlight and bring them in for a checkup with the vet to rule out any health issues, just to be on the safe side!
Why does my Chihuahua sleep with his bum facing me?
While humans view a ‘pointing bum’ as an outright insult, that’s not the case in the animal kingdom. When your dog sleeps with their back facing you like that, then it’s a mark of high trust.
No animal in their right mind would leave their back vulnerable, after all, so when your dog does this you should take it for the compliment that it is. Your dog loves and trusts you and they know that you have ‘got their back’.
Should my Chihuahua only sleep at night?
While they should eventually sleep through the night, dogs aren’t like us in that ‘night sleeping’ is the only sleep required. Rather, they divide up their sleep between nighttime and naps during the day quite naturally.
This could be a natural instinct, as dogs have traditionally guarded us through the ages, and likely needed a little recuperation time after a long night-watch, but whatever the case, dogs will traditionally sleep a bit both day and night.
Why is my Chihuahua sleeping more than usual?
If your Chihuahua is suddenly sleeping more than usual then it could be a sign of a physical issue or even a mental issue such as depression. Keep a close eye on their body language, as well. Moping or moving sluggishly, being grumpier than usual, or avoiding social contact are all red flags to look out for.
Bring your Chihuahua in to the vet and they should be able to quickly get to the bottom of the issue!