If you’ve ever watched your pet close his eyes and fall asleep peacefully, then chances are good he’s comfortable enough to snooze away through the night. But what happens when your dog doesn’t seem to mind sleeping on concrete? Or even in a car? Is this because he was born to be homeless? Or does he sometimes need something more than warmth and a soft bed to get him into dreamland?
The answer may surprise you. Some dogs can be perfectly content lounging near a wood stove, while others prefer to sleep with their heads poking out from under a blanket. And there are those who would rather head outside for a nap than curl up next to any old lumpy object.
So how do we figure out which breeds like to sleep in different ways? What makes one breed cozy and another not so much? Read on to find out why some dogs love nothing better than a long afternoon snooze, while others prefer to chase squirrels instead.
Why Dogs Sleep Differently
So why do some dogs have such strange sleeping habits? It’s partly due to genetics. There are certain breeds whose ancestors lived outdoors, where they had no choice but to take naps wherever they could fit in. Other dogs enjoy chasing rodents as well as sleeping, so they seek out warm places to rest. Still, other animals are naturally prey animals, and their instincts tell them to look for shelters and hideaways whenever possible.
It also helps that dogs are social creatures. They want to feel part of a pack, so they often sleep together in order to keep each other company. If they aren’t sharing a warm spot with someone else, they’ll probably choose a safe place to curl up and …