Samoyeds are the Russian breed of god that share a family with Huskies and the Alaskan Malamute, first recognized in 1906 by the American Kennel club. Their active levels make them one of the least likely dogs to nap, even during boring sessions alone in the house.
Samoyeds therefore sleep a total of 10-14 hours a day, while napping around 4 to 6 hours a day.
For all the information you could possibly desire on the internet regarding the topic of samoyeds and their sleeping habits, read on!
How Many Hours a Day Does the Samoyed Breed Usually Sleep?
As stated earlier above, a Samoyed dog would sleep a total of around 10-14 hours a day, This number will increase as your pet gets older, as they need more rest.
Where Do Samoyeds Like to Sleep?
Asking where samoyeds like to sleep is essentially asking where most friendly, intelligent medium-sized dogs prefer to sleep.
Since samoyeds are highly active, owners on the net have reported them to play intensely all day before crashing abruptly on the spot, provided that said spot is comfy enough- such as the living room carpet.
Some owners have reported that their samoyed enjoys naps in their shower, which may be due to the breed’s predilection for water.
Do Samoyeds Sleep A lot?
As if the earlier headlines in this post didn’t convince you already, Samoyeds are one of the least-likely to nap breeds, and definitely do not sleep a lot compared to other breeds.
This is due to their relatively high active-levels compared to other breeds (source: https://dogell.com/en/dog-breed/samoyed).
Why Do Samoyeds Sleep on Their Backs?
Owners have many entertaining accounts and pictorial evidence of their samoyeds sleeping in various positions, but one of the most frequently encountered is that of belly-side up, arms splayed in awkward angles.
Why is this so? Well, since the samoyed is infamous for its frequent, heavy shedding, the samoyed has to deal with the accumulation of excess heat as a densely-coated dog.
Lying down on their backs simply allows for optimal ventilation of the belly and armpits.
If we want to go further into hypothesizing what this sleeping position (and others) means, see below.
Different Sleeping Positions and Its Meaning
As mentioned above, for the samoyed to sleep completely tummyside up and with legs bent at weird angles can serve two purposes: one for easier dispersion of heat through their furry undersides, and two- as a sign that they are absolutely relaxed.
Trust is pivotal in having the Samoyed utilize this sleeping position, both in its owner and its surroundings. To increase the chances of an owner seeing the samoyed adopt its infamous sleeping position, allow it to sleep in its “den,” (which may end up being your shower!) where it feels 100% secure.
A variation of the belly side-up posture is the side legs posture, frequently seen in puppies more often than adult samoyeds. Again, this usually means complete trust of its surroundings and allows for slightly easier getting-up once aroused out of slumber.
Another variation to actually be wary of is when the samoyed has a paw covering its chest. This is an indication that it doesn’t want to be bothered or abruptly yanked out of dreamland, so awaken at your own risk!
Samoyeds can also sleep by curling their body into something resembling the letter “C” in the alphabet. This is one of the most common sleeping positions of wolves and more primal breeds used to colder climates, as it allows the preservation of heat as well as instilling a sense of security.
If your samoyed has just arrived in your household and is still unfamiliar and uncomfortable around the house’s inhabitants, it may choose to sleep in this position. However, occasionally owners have reported Samoyeds to sleep in this position voluntarily from time to time.
One final “sleeping” position may not actually qualify as a position, as it is usually implemented solely for the samoyed to rest, with all four feet on the floor and chin resting on its front paws. If used for napping, it’s usually in preparation for immediately arising and resuming an activity.
A Good Sleeping Environment Guarantees the Sleeping Quality of Dogs
That’s right, especially when considering how much this particular breed needs their sleep! When considering how to provide a good sleeping environment for a dog, we look at its breed’s temperament, affinities, etc. and ask a lot of common-sense questions, such as:
“What would allow you to have a good quality sleep?” Considering how the audial, as well as olfactory senses of dogs are many times magnified that of humans, do your best to nullify or remove excess noise and chemically-strong scents around your house.
This can mean anything from simply avoiding playing heavy metal music at midnight to installing sound panels, to quitting smoking or scrubbing down the bathroom.
One can argue that trust between owner and its dog holds priority over the environment, since man after all is the master of the environment, to say nothing of his dog. If your pooch still hasn’t warmed up to you yet then you shouldn’t expect it to switch from its curly “C” position anytime soon.
Things That Change How Much Your Samoyed Should Be Sleeping
Several factors can lead to the owner deciding to increase the amount of hours their pet Samoyed may be sleeping. These can range from reasons such as, but not limited to:
- Sickness – This is the most obvious reason, as sleep is one of natures’ best medicines for both dog and man. Your samoyed is going to need time to rest and recover its system while convalescent.
- Staying Up Too Long – There’s little an owner needs to do for a samoyed that stayed way past its bedtime, as it will likely crash and sleep the sleep of the dead of its own accord.
- Jet-Lag – In the few or oft times you travel with your samoyed internationally it may need time to get used to a new day-night cycle on the opposite side of the globe.
Sleeping Disorders and What to Do About Them
JoAnna Pendergrass of PetMD writes that “Because sleep deprivation can cause a buildup of stress hormones, dogs with sleep disorders may also become more aggressive or develop other behavioral problems. In addition, a lack of sleep can weaken a dog’s immune system, increasing the risk of infection.”
Clearly, the symptoms as well as consequences for both man and man’s best friend are shared, if not downright similar. Some of the most common sleeping disorders are:
- Insomnia – The most common cause for insomnia is usually due to injury, such as arthritis. Pain medication and a visit to the vet are necessary.
- Sleep Apnea – While common mostly in flat-nosed dogs, if your samoyed is snoring it’s likely due to obesity. Excess weight is causing the vocal folds to compress in your dog. Exercise and dieting can help mitigate this.
- Narcolepsy – One of the oddest phenomenons for which science is currently unable to determine the cause, this issue occurs in the brain of the dog which causes it to fall asleep abruptly in the middle of its routines throughout the day. Often seen in younger dogs, samoyeds aren’t known for having narcolepsy but in the rare case you do, there is little the owner can do to treat it as it is not curable.
Your pet can express its lack of sleep through whining, lack of energy and responses to commands or gestures, to sleeping in unusual postures abruptly. Never hesitate to bring your pet to the vet if sleeping issues become serious.
How to Get Your Samoyed to Sleep at Night
As said above, some methods to get your samoyed to sleep at night aren’t an issue of getting it to sleep deeply, as samoyeds are infamous for being stubborn to wake once asleep. Rather, it has to do with sleeping on time according to the owner’s wishes.
A soft, indirect approach can simply be making sure the dog gets her adequate amount of exercise and feeding at routine hours of the day, pushed forward or behind to correspond with the owner’s sleeping hours.
One reason for a samoyed’s restlessness at night may be due to the climate from which you two are living in is simply too hot for its fur, which is nothing a regular grooming session and an adjustment of the thermostat can’t accomplish.