Why Do Dogs Snore?

If your puppy's snoring is keeping you awake, it might be time for some detective work. Some dogs snore all their lives, while others will only snore when something's wrong. Like people, some dogs snore when they sleep in certain positions, such as on their backs. If pushing and poking Rover isn't helping to stop the snoring, start looking for other reasons.

Snoring Dog
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Breeds and Snoring

Certain breeds are notorious for being loud snorers. Breeds with flat noses and flat faces snore the most, because their airways are flattened and they have a harder time getting enough air in. This is known as brachycephalic airway syndrome. Pugs, French bulldogs and Pekinese dogs tend to be loud snorers. Some dogs might need surgery to correct palate malformations -- this will help them breathe better and feel more comfortable, and will in turn eliminate the snoring.

Nasal Congestion

According to Perfect Puppy Care, flat-faced dogs are more prone to developing nasal congestion, which in turn can lead to snoring. However, any dog with a cold or congestion is likely to snore. If you find Rover sneezing or breathing with his mouth open, it might be a sign that he's having trouble breathing. A visit to the vet might be in order to get a prescription of antibiotics or decongestants.

Health Problems

Aside from nasal congestion, other health issues can lead to snoring. For example, obesity can cause snoring in dogs -- just as it does in people. The extra weight puts pressure on the neck and lungs, making breathing more difficult. Some dogs suffer from seasonal allergies or he could have a small cyst or mass blocking his airways. If the snoring just recently started, it's a sign that something's going on, rather than being something genetic or connected to Doggie's breed.


Sometimes, dogs snore because of problems with their environment. For example, if you're a smoker, your furry friend might be snoring because his airways and lungs are irritated from the second-hand smoke. Some dogs snore when they're very hot and uncomfortable. To prevent heat stroke, make sure the room is cool and not too dry.

By Tammy Dray

About the Author
Tammy Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications including Woman's Day, Marie Claire, Adirondack Life and Self. She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.