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Do Dogs Snore?

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Some humans snore, for many different reasons, some louder than others. And other than being kind of annoying for those nearby, snoring isn’t usually a problem to be concerned about, unless it’s a sign of a bigger problem with breathing. 

Dogs are pretty much the same. Not all dogs snore, but some dogs can snore, and it can be for different reasons. Some dogs will snore really loudly, to the point you will wonder how such a big noise can come from such a cute sleepy dog.

Other dogs will only snore from time to time and it won’t be as loud or as noticeable. And some dogs might just make snore-like noises while they sleep

Most of the time, your dog snoring isn’t really something to be concerned about. As long as it’s not so loud that it’s disturbing, then you can just add it to the list of your dog’s unique quirks.

However, sometimes snoring can be a sign of an underlying problem of a more serious nature, and it could be something to do with the breathing, which means you would need to look into it and find a solution. 

But what are the different reasons dogs can snore, and when is it time to worry about it? We can answer these questions and more, so let’s get right into it! 

Why do dogs snore?

As we have clarified, dogs can indeed snore. Not all dogs will, and those that do might snore for different reasons. Here are the main reasons why your dog might be snoring: 

Your dog has a short snout:

Some dogs are what is called brachycephalic, which means that they have a shorter snout than average. This causes them to be prone to breathing complications, and it also means that they are more likely to snore on a regular basis. 

Some breeds that are brachycephalic are pugs, chihuahuas, Shih Tzu, chow chows, and more. If any of these dogs snore, it is usually just down to the snout, and it is therefore completely normal. In fact, they are likely to snore their entire life, so be ready for that! 

However, being brachycephalic can cause breathing complications, which could prevent the dog from getting enough oxygen. Usually, a vet will be able to quickly identify any major problems, as early as when the dog is a puppy.

If need be, the breathing difficulties can be corrected through surgery. But if the vet doesn’t see any need for this, then you can just let your dog continue snoring in peace, and all is well. 

Your dog has a cold or allergies:

Do you know how, sometimes, if you have a cold or are having allergies, your nose kind of blocks up and leads to you snoring for a few nights? Well, this can also happen with dogs, so if your dog is only snoring in certain situations or seasons, this could be the reason!

Basically, it just means that your dog suffers from seasonal allergies, or has a mild cold, and you just have to wait out the snoring until that time period is over. 

As long as your dog is still acting normal in every other regard, then snoring due to some allergies or a cold is nothing to be worried about. Most probably it is just a build-up of mucus, and it will eventually clear up. 

But if you do want to avoid this, and you know that your dog gets allergies during certain seasons, such as summer, then you can prepare for this and reduce the allergies.

For example, you can keep your dog indoors slightly more often, with plenty of AC and clean air, or you can wash their face and paws whenever they come inside after being outdoors so that the allergy effects don’t linger and worsen. 

With a cold, you can’t really avoid them, but they’re pretty easy to treat and there might be a few products that help lessen the symptoms, and therefore lessen the snoring. 

Your dog is sleeping on their back:

With humans, sometimes the cause of snoring is something as simple as the sleeping position, which could be partially restricting the airways. In your dog, it could be exactly the same. If your dog only ever snores when sleeping on its back, then it’s almost certainly caused by a partial restriction of the airways.

A very simple solution for this is to move your dog into a different sleeping position, and the snoring should instantly stop. For a more permanent fix, you could buy a special pillow for your dog, or get a special sleeping bed in order to guide your dog into a sleeping position that will not cause snoring. 

But essentially, it is nothing to worry about, and very much just depends on how your dog sleeps, in order to be comfortable. 

When to worry about your dog snoring:

Close-up image of a German Shepherd lying on a sofa in a deep sleep.

Most of the time, your dog snoring isn’t really a problem (other than maybe for your own sleep). But there are times, in which a dog snoring can be a sign of a more serious problem or breathing complication, in which case you should take your dog to the vet to get it checked out as soon as possible. 

These are the main scenarios in which you should worry about your dog snoring: 

  • If your dog has never snored before
  • If your dog is obese
  • If your dog struggles to breathe throughout the rest of the day
  • If your dog might have something up the nose
  • If your dog lives in a smoker household, which could cause the development of respiratory problems 

If it’s any of the above scenarios, then it’s best to contact the vet and get your dog checked up, just in case. There might be a more serious problem that needs addressing, and once fixed, your dog will go back to the no-snoring. 

After all, it’s better to be safe than to be sorry when it comes to your dog’s health!