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Breed may affect a dog’s sleeping pattern

Issue: 01/12/2017

A NEW study into the sleeping patterns of dogs shows that over 25% of British owners think their dog has sleepwalked.
The study revealed that over two-thirds of owners say they've seen their dog running in their sleep, and 40 per cent say they have seen them sleep growl.
Over a third say their dogs wag their tail in their sleep and 75 per cent say they're convinced their dog dreams.
The Wagg research of 1,000 owners also revealed that sleeping patterns may vary depending on the breed of dog.
Commenting on the research Dr Robert White-Adams said: 'When you look at the statistics for which dog breeds are most likely to be up and around at night, and/or causing mischief, it is largely the breeds we associate with being more intelligent, and closer to their working heritages, like collies and spaniels.
'Many believe that these breeds have a higher cognitive ability than some of their canine counter parts; they learn quicker, and are easier to train and work.
The study also found that Bulldogs have the best sleeps, with 47 per cent of them sleeping through. The insomniacs of the dog world are 'sheepdogs', with only 12 per cent of them sleeping through the night.
The best and worst dogs when it comes to sleeping are;
Bulldog (47% sleep through the night); Beagle (45% sleep through the night); Lurcher (42% sleep through the night); Jack Russell (40% sleep through the night);  Labrador = Boxer (37% sleep through the night); Spaniel (36% sleep through the night); German Shepard (34% sleep through the night); Golden Retriever = Shih Tzu (32% sleep through the night); Collie (30% sleep through the night); Terrier (28% sleep through the night); Pug (24% sleep through the night) and Sheepdog (12% sleep through the night)

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