Why Do Dogs Snore



Have you ever heard your dog snoring and wonder if all dogs snore? Or maybe you wondered if there was a medical reason for your dog’s snoring? Or maybe you wondered if this type of behavior is normal. It’s perfectly normal to have all these types of questions regarding snoring behaviors in dogs. A dog’s snoring can be nerve-racking or maybe a bit humorous if you are hearing it for the first time. But rest assured, there is a perfectly good reason to why your dog is snoring. And if it is bothersome to you, there are solutions to that may help with this behavior. 

The Root of the Behavior

Sleeping or working around a dog who snores loudly can be a huge distraction or nuisance. You may also wonder if this is a health problem. The root of this behavior is quite similar to why humans snore. Snoring happens when air passageways are restricted in the nasal or throat areas. This can happen for a number of reasons. There are just some breeds who are prone to snoring. A few of these breeds include Bulldogs, Pugs, Shih Tzus, Chow Chows, and Boston Terriers. This is because these dogs have shorter air passageways than other dogs do. However, if you feel that there is more to your dog's snoring than just his breed, talk to your veterinarian for further help. Just like humans, dogs can get a cold or another ailment that can cause snoring. Rhinitis or even a fungal disease can cause this to happen. If you suspect that there is something ailing your pooch and causing his noisy sleep patterns, contact your vet to help remedy this. If it is just a common cold, you might have to ride it out. Colds don’t typically last long. Dogs use their nose for all sorts of things and at times things can get stuck in the passageway such as small rocks, parts of plants, or even parts of their favorite toys. Obesity in dogs is one of the most common reasons for a dog to snore. Keep in mind that a dog only needs to be slightly overweight for a snoring issue to start. Maintaining a healthy weight will help battle snoring.

Dogs can develop allergies towards dust, pollen, perfume, and other allergens which can lead to a snoring issue. Infections of the teeth, abscesses, or growths within the mouth or sinus cavities can also cause snoring issues in a dog. Cigarette smoke is damaging to a dogs health just as much as it is to humans. Smoke can irritate a dog's respiratory system and cause snoring to occur. Certain sleeping positions can cause your dog to snore such as if your dog sleeps on his back. If your dog is snoring, the first thing you should look at is what sleeping positions he is in when he snores.

Encouraging the Behavior

Encouraging your dog not to snore is easier said than done. You cannot just tell your dog not to snore. The best way to encourage the appropriate behavior is to first figure out what the root cause of your dog's snoring habit is. For instance, if your dog is overweight, helping him eat healthier and getting more exercise will help battle against snoring. If your dog has allergies, removing the allergens or limiting them can help reduce snoring issues as well. If you are smoker, try to smoke outdoors and away from your dog or better yet, quit altogether. You and your dog will be much healthier for it. Another way to help your dog not to snore is to make sure he has no medical issues that are causing him to snore. Another way to check this out is taking him in to see the vet. The vet can help you to decide if it is an illness or allergen or even if it is just a sleeping position that is causing the issue. Regardless of doing anything else, the vet might be the first place to look if you believe there is a bigger issue at hand.

Other Solutions and Considerations

Keep in mind there really is not a whole lot you can do if your dog's snoring is based on genetics, however, there are several other things you can do to help your dog if the snoring is becoming a problem. First of all, you can try a humidifier. The added water in the air can help to reduce snoring. Also, giving your dog a pillow or round bed to sleep will help raise his head and change sleep position, which can help reduce the issue. Lastly, if you think the room he is sleeping in is irritating his allergies, you may want to switch rooms or remove the allergens from the room. These simple things will help your beloved pet get a better night's rest and help eliminate the snoring behavior.


Snoring may just be a natural part of your dog’s behavior. However, if it is not there are simple solutions to reducing the snoring. Also, take time to be patient with your dog if the snoring persists. There may not be anything that alleviates it if it is due to genetics. So remember to just love your pet and not make this a huge issue in your lives.