If your husky has been sleeping a lot you’re probably wondering why and what you should do about it.
This post will show you a number of reasons why your husky might sleep a lot and what you can do about it.
So, why does my husky sleep so much? An adult husky will naturally sleep for 12 hours per day, puppies and older husky will sleep for even longer (source).
While it is natural for a husky to sleep a lot, there are also some other possible reasons that it is sleeping more than usual.
Why your husky sleeps so much
Each of the different reasons that your husky sleeps a lot will likely come with some clues in the way that it does it.
Below, I will show you why it might be doing it and what would make each of the reasons more likely.
The reason that your husky sleeps a lot is likely to actually be that it is in its nature to sleep that much. It is natural for a husky to sleep for between 12 and 14 hours per day (source). If your husky is a puppy or it is old, it would be normal for it to sleep for even longer than that.
If your husky is a puppy, I have written about why it might be sleeping a lot in this post.
The reason that your husky has been sleeping more than usual could be that the hot weather is making it feel fatigued. This would be more likely if the weather has become hotter where you are and your husky has started sleeping more at the same time that the weather has become hotter.
In this case, it would be important to give it lots of access to shade, a cool room and water. It would also help to walk it when the sunlight is less strong in the morning and evening.
It could be the case that your husky is ill or injured. This would be more likely if it started sleeping more suddenly and if it has also been acting fatigued when it is awake. In this case, the best option would be to take it to a vet.
Huskies are a breed that is meant to get a lot of exercise in order to be fully stimulated. Generally, it is recommended for them to get at least an hour of exercise per day. If your husky is not getting that much, it would help to make sure that it does after ensuring that it is not sleeping too much due to illness.
It could be the case that there is a problem with its diet that is causing it to become sleepy. This would be more likely if it started sleeping more at the same time that you changed its diet.
You can look at this website to see what you should and should not be feeding your husky.
If it is young or old
Husky puppies need to sleep a lot since it is when they are sleeping that they grow and they grow fast. This is why it is normal for a husky puppy to sleep for between 15 and 20 hours per day (source). If your husky is a puppy, I have written about why it might be sleeping a lot in this post.
Things to consider
If it suddenly started to sleep more
When trying to figure out why your husky has been sleeping a lot, it would help to consider if it has always slept that much or it has started doing it suddenly.
If it has started sleeping a lot suddenly, it would make it more likely to be due to things such as a change in its diet, illness, injury or the weather becoming hotter. It would help to consider what else changed when it started sleeping more.
If it has always slept a lot, it would be more likely to be natural but it could also be that it needs more exercise or that there has always been an issue with its diet. It would help to consult with your vet the next time you see them on whether or not it is sleeping the right amount.
When your husky sleeps a lot
It would also help to consider whether or not there is a certain time that it tends to sleep more.
If it tends to sleep more at certain times it would make it more likely that it is due to things such as the weather becoming hotter, being fed the wrong foods or too much food or it could have simply formed a habit of sleeping at that time.
What to do about your husky sleeping so much
Below are some things that you can do about your husky sleeping a lot.
Allow it to
Since it is normal for a husky to sleep a lot it is important to make sure that it is allowed to sleep whenever it wants to. If you try to prevent it from sleeping when it wants to, you will likely cause more harm than good. This would especially be the case if it is a puppy since they grow when they are sleeping.
Make sure that it is able to sleep comfortably
It would also help to ensure that its sleeping environment is comfortable so that it is able to get high-quality sleep. This means that the place it sleeps at during the night should be cool, not too bright and with a spot for it to lay down comfortably in.
Make sure that its diet is right
As mentioned above, it could be the case that there is a problem with its diet. You can look at this website to see what you should and should not be feeding your husky. It would also help to ask your vet if you have been feeding it correctly.
Keep it cool
If the weather is hot where you are, it would help to ensure that it is able to stay cool. You can do this by walking it in the morning or evening, giving it access to a cool room, shade and lots of water.
Take it to a vet
If you cannot figure out why your husky has been sleeping a lot or it has been showing signs of illness or injury, the best option would be to take it to a vet. By doing so you will be able to get expert advice tailored to your particular husky.