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Do Yorkies Sleep A Lot?

Yorkies, as we know, are one of those breeds that love to take a nap or make themselves comfortable. They may be on your side, under your blankets, or in their bed.

Since they are the ones who wake up first in the morning, expect to wake up with their licks.

Do Yorkies sleep a lot? Yorkies sleeping time depends on how old they are. They will mostly adjust to the habits of their owners, but it still depends on their environment.

As you read on, you’ll learn that Yorkies’ sleeping habits depend on how old they are. In this article, you’ll also learn the different sleeping positions and their meaning. 

Understanding Yorkies Sleeping Hours

A Yorkie pup, according to some experts, will sleep from 16 to 22 hours per day.

In these hours, nap time is already included. The study also shows that they are very active and energetic in between these hours. Meanwhile, an adult Yorkie sleeps from 13 to 18 hours per day.

There are also studies that Yorkies mostly will adjust to their owner’s sleeping habits.

Also, their sleeping habits will depend more on their environment. The snooze time will also last from 10 minutes to 1 hour, and their personality will depend on their sleeping position.

Yorkies Sleeping Position And It’s Meaning

We know that Yorkies are naturally playful, that’s why when they sleep, let them be. To understand some of the most common sleeping positions and it’s meaning, check below:

When Sleeping On The Side

Experts say that when a Yorkie or any dog sleeps on the side, they feel safe and comfortable as their vital organs are exposed.

Yorkies who love sleeping in this position tend to be easy-going and relaxed. But during sleep, they may switch to sleeping positions, and it’s normal.

In this position, their limbs are free to move too during sleep. Seeing them do more twitching and leg kicks.

Paws Up In The Air

Like curling in a ball conserves heat, sleeping with paws in the air helps their belly cools off.

Since the fur around the belly is thinner, and the paws have sweat glands, this position allows them to beat the heat.

Also, this position is an indication that they feel comfortable. Leaving their most sensitive areas vulnerable and making it hard for them to get up quickly.

This position is most common to another breed of dogs too. And it is the most common sleeping position during the summer period.

Superman Position

Or sometimes called sprawled out on the tummy, allows the dogs to pop up and be on their paws quickly. Yorkies and other dogs who sleep in this position don’t want to miss a chance of fun while having a nap.

This position is an indication for high- energy pups or just want to plop down when they’re standing. This position is often being used by dogs who just want to nap but want to play still.

Curled Up

It’s a very common sleeping position to curl up in a ball, nose- to-tail. This position is most common too for animals who live in the wild because it helps them protect their vital organs. It also helps them conserve warmth and makes it easier to get up quickly.

The movements in this position restrict them during sleep, seeing them do less twitching.

Some say that a Yorkies who sleep in this position will feel uncomfortable, but it’s not. During the fall and winter days, animals do this position to make them feel more comfortable.

Snuggled Up

This common sleeping position can be taught too with your other pets.

When they do this, it means that they want to get close to you, or they want you to bond with them. Also, it’s their way of saying they want to bond with their other furry siblings.

Any dog sleeping this way feels very loving and affectionate and indicates that they are comfortable napping with it.

When they do it, try to show your love by returning the favor.

Causes Of Sudden Change In Sleeping Habits

Now that you know the different sleeping positions and its meaning, it’s time to understand what causes a sudden change. Here are some reasons below:

  • Comfort – You might know it well, but the dog bed wears out too. Even those with high-quality beds, it only lives from4 to 5 years.

    It’s recommended to check your Yorkies bed condition and obtain a new one if needed, especially if its comfort and support are worn out. Also, check for any cold drafts with the bed being too close to heating vents.

  • Sleep Apnea – Is a condition wherein most often seen, especially to overweight dogs. But this can happen to any type of breed and whatever size.

    In this condition, the dog suffers from short bursts of breathing, which may often wake up at night. Signs of this condition include loud snoring and sleeping extra hours in a day.

  • Aging Issues – Most Fur parents assume that older or senior Yorkies sleep more than the younger ones. Contrary to these beliefs, older Yorkies may suffer from age-related issues, causing them harder to sleep.

    These issues include arthritis, which can make their sleeping time uncomfortable and difficult to sleep. To help them cope with it, medications and supplements are advisable. If you have a senior Yorkies, they’ll need a quality orthopedic bed that offers comfort and support.

  • Health Issues – is one common reason if your Yorkies suffers from a sudden change in their sleeping habits. That they may sleep fewer hours due to the discomfort feeling that it brings. Suppose your Yorkie is experiencing sleep disturbance, better to have them check immediately with their veterinarians. 

  • Too Much Energy – Yorkies are naturally a hype type of breed. So, it is a good idea to teach them to exercise before sleeping. If you fail to do it, chances are, they might have a hard time settling down.

    The recommended time is 2 hours before their preferred sleeping time. In this way, it’ll help release their too much energy giving them time to sleep at night peacefully.


Overall, this article made you realize that Yorkies sleep a lot and longer. It also shows that the sleeping hours of the Yorkies depends on what age they are in.

Others may see Yorkies as a simple pet, but they aren’t. They also feel discomfort in sleeping when they are aged. Like us humans, some factors keep them from having a good sleep.