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How much do puppies sleep?

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The sleeping habits of puppies vary with breed, size and daily activities. Very young, newborn puppies sleep nearly all the time, approximately 90 percent of the day, according to DailyPuppy.com.

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When they are about three months old, puppies begin to need less sleep than newborns, requiring approximately 15 to 20 hours a day. Adequate sleep is vital to developing puppies, who expend a lot of energy when they are awake. In contrast, adult dogs spend about 14 hours a day sleeping; some larger breeds such as mastiffs exceed that amount.

It’s important to teach a puppy sleep routines, states Vetinfo.com. Because some puppies overexert and play until they are exhausted, they tend to fall asleep wherever they are. Establishing bedtime rituals helps a puppy learn to sleep through the night and may improve the quality of sleep by reducing howling and crying.

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