How Much Sleep Do Boston Terriers Need?

Ever wonder how many hours a Boston Terrier needs to sleep? When I first bought Bella as a 6-week old puppy, I was worried.

I thought she was sick because of the amount of sleep she was getting a day, practically the entire day, this is normal.

How Much Sleep Do Boston Terriers Need? Boston Terrier Society

However, as she is older, 10-years old, she sleeps nearly two-thirds of the day. This could be due to a sedentary lifestyle, but she is sleeping that much. So, how much is the right amount…

What is the right amount of sleep for a Boston Terrier?

Depending on the age of the Boston Terrier, they should be sleeping 12 to 14 hours per day. Older and younger Boston’s will require more sleep than dogs in their prime.

Read this: 9 Of The Best Dog Beds For Boston Terriers (Plus What To Avoid)

Help your Boston Terrier get more sleep.
Bella and Donnie relaxing on the couch.

How to help your Boston get better sleep to feel rested

One thing that helped Emily and me with Bella’s sleep was to set up a routine. Just like we humans need a habit, so do animals.

The routine is critical because this also helps to ensure you the owner gets a good night sleep.

Our personal routine is established for the entire day. This way, Bella knows what is going to happen every day, no surprises.

Our current routine goes as follows:

  • 6:30 am Bella goes out to go to the bathroom and go for a walk.
  • 7:00 am Bella gets breakfast and water.
  • 9:00 am Go for a walk (usually only on the weekends).
  • 10:00 am Bella is taken outside to go the bathroom if home.
  • 2:30 pm Bella is taken out if home.
  • 5:00 pm Bella is taken outside for a walk and to go to the bathroom.
  • 5:15 pm Bella is given dinner.
  • 9:00 to 9:15 pm Bella is taken out to go the bathroom for the last time.

This routine helps Bella know when it is time for everything in her day to happen, including when to go to sleep.

If your Boston is currently struggling with going to sleep at night, try setting up a routine like this.

Are you giving your Boston Terrier enough exercise? find out how much exercise Boston’s need and what you can do here, Boston Terrier Exercise Needs.

Have space for your Boston to sleep

You will need to have a dedicated space for your Boston Baby to sleep at night, this will help with the routine. Your dog’s sleep area should include a pillow or dog bed with a BLANKET!

How Much Sleep Do Boston Terriers Need? Boston Terrier Society
Bella burrowing in the blankets.

Boston’s are naturally little burrowers. The blanket is essential so that your Boston can burrow underneath the blanket. This will help your dog feel secure and calm.

When your dog is calm, he will get a better nights sleep.

Boston Terrier sleeping in her bed
Bella sleeping in her bed.

If you need a bed for your Boston Terrier here is the one Bella has and loves. You can find Bella’s bed on Amazon here, Best Friends by Sheri Cozy Cuddler.

Final Thoughts…

Boston Terriers need a lot of sleep. If you include their lounging around your dog may seem like mine and sleep nearly two-thirds of the entire day away. This is ok.

As long as you are making an effort to go outside with your dog to give it the exercise it needs and wants.

How long does your Boston sleep? Do you have problems with your Boston Terrier sleeping? Please leave a comment below.


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Donnie Gardner

Donnie Gardner is the owner of the Boston Terrier Society. He has been raising Bella the Boston since 2010. He resides in Kansas with his wife, daughter, and Bella. His favorite activities are hanging out with family, traveling, running (but has bad knees), and reading non-fiction books.

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