If your Chihuahua is a puppy, then it’s going to be quite a lot. Chihuahua pups will sleep as much as 20 hours in a 24 hour period, though it will be spaced out in quick naps so that you might not really notice how much they are actually sleeping.
With adults, it’s going to be significantly lower, but still a lot – with 12 to 15 hours a day being the standard number of hours that your Chihuahua will be sleeping.
This includes nighttime, however, so during the day it will likely be 7 hours or less of napping, spaced in between play sessions, cuddling, and of course your walks together outside.
When your Chihuahua is still a puppy, don’t be surprised if they nod off a little, even in the middle of play. Until they get older, these little fireballs need to sleep in order to build up that frantic energy that is so characteristic of the breed.
For the remainder of this article, we’re going to answer questions posted by Chihuahua owners just like you in regards to Chis and their breed-specific sleeping habits. What does it mean when Chihuahua’s sleep on their backs? Do adults tire out more easily than pups when it comes to exercise?
Read on to get these answers to these and other important questions – important information is waiting for your just below!
Table of Contents
- Do Chihuahuas like to sleep a lot?
- Can Chihuahua sleep through the night?
- Can a Chihuahua go all night without peeing?
- How many hours a day do Chihuahuas usually sleep, on average?
- Why do Chihuahuas sleep under blankets?
- Do Chihuahuas get tired easily?
- Why does my Chihuahua sleep so close to me?
- Why do Chihuahuas sleep on their back?
- Do Chihuahuas like being pet while sleeping?
- Why do Chihuahuas sleep facing you?
Do Chihuahuas like to sleep a lot?
Chihuahuas do like a bit of shuteye, sleeping an average 12 to 15 hours per day as adults, while puppies might sleep for as much as 20 hours in a 24 hours period.
This is completely natural, as all of that excited energy has to come from somewhere, so if you see your Chi taking a nap then leave them be – these little guys and gals need a lot of sleep!
Can Chihuahua sleep through the night?
Adult Chihuahuas will sleep for approximately 12 to 15 hours per day, and this includes their nighttime sleep. If your Chi is having problems sleeping through the night, you might try taking them for a long walk before bedtime.
This can help to tire your little one out so that they – and you – will get a full night’s sleep.
Can a Chihuahua go all night without peeing?
By 6 months of age, a Chihuahua should be able to sleep through the night, though you might want to make sure that there is plenty of play and walking during the day.
A Chihuahua can basically wait for 1 hour per month that they have been alive, up to 8 hours, so if you have a pup then you’ll need to be waking up to take them out. Setting an alarm is a good idea to help avoid accidents and to make sure that your little one gets to go out when they need it.
How many hours a day do Chihuahuas usually sleep, on average?
There is no exact number of hours a Chihuahua should sleep a day, but on average adults will sleep around 12 to 15 hours out of every 24. It doesn’t look this way, because it’s divided up into little naps throughout the day, but if you look for it then you will notice.
Why do Chihuahuas sleep under blankets?
Chihuahuas are tiny dogs and they have thin coats, so these little guys and gals simply love burrowing into a warm and soft comforter or blanket whenever it’s a little chilly. Dogs are burrowing animals by nature and tend to look for ‘dens’ to sleep in, as this where instinct tells them that they are the safest.
So don’t be surprised when your Chihuahua burrows under a blanket to make themselves a warm, little space of their own inside – it’s completely natural for them to do this.
Do Chihuahuas get tired easily?
Yes, though not at first. When they are younger, your Chihuahua may seem to be almost boundless in energy, but you’ll notice over time that this is achieved with little naps here and there. When your Chi reaches their adult years, you’ll definitely notice that exercise tends to tire them out just a little bit faster.
Don’t worry – your Chihuahua isn’t getting old too early, they just don’t have those super energy reserves that they did as a pup and in all fairness, even their adult level of energy is enviable to most of us!
Why does my Chihuahua sleep so close to me?
Your Chihuahua loves being close and if they are sleeping to next to you, then you are probably their favorite person on the planet. Chihuahuas are picky about who they spend their time with and sleeping close to you makes your little one feel both loved and safe.
All we can say is get used to it – your Chihuahua loves you and just can’t stay away!
Why do Chihuahuas sleep on their back?
While it looks adorable (and sometimes really weird), when your Chihuahua is sleeping on their back it is actually a sign of complete and utter trust.
No animal would ever sleep this way if they didn’t feel safe, and by presenting their vulnerable belly and throat in such a manner your Chihuahua is communicating both complete submission and trust in the form of this cute little sleeping position.
Do Chihuahuas like being pet while sleeping?
No, they don’t, and when your Chihuahua gets older they might even get snappy about it. When you sleep and someone touches your face or your back, it might be something that you’ve learned to get used to, but often it still wakes you up.
Your Chihuahua is the same, so once they doze off, it’s kinder (and safer for your fingers if your Chi is getting grumpy in their old age) to simply let them sleep.
Why do Chihuahuas sleep facing you?
When your Chihuahua sleeps this way, it is a sign of affection and also indicates that they feel safe in their home. This is evinced by the fact that they are putting their vulnerable back to an area which they cannot easily see.
In the wild, this is a recipe for getting eaten – so by doing this your Chihuahua is demonstrating their complete and utter confidence that you are going to protect them from any predators that might try to sneak into the house!
My name is Ken and I’m one of the staff writers at Petloverguy.com. I’ve cared for pets most of my life starting with hamsters, turtles, and snakes. Then moving up to parakeets, guinea pigs, and even ducks.
I currently live with two yorkies and a chihuahua mix.