The Shih Tzu in this video is snoring so loudly that she wakes up her Pomeranian sister. The Shih Tzu’s name is Sophie. She is 13 years old. Poor Pomeranian must be sleep deprived from sharing a doggie bed with Sophie. She must really likes being close to Sophie, otherwise she would have just gotten up and sleep in another room when Sophie starts snoring.
So what causes a dog to snore? Geoff Williams gathered information from vets and shared some insights on the topic. Certain breeds are prone to snore. Those are the breeds with a short snout, which means their breathing passage is shorter. For example, Shih Tzu, English Bulldogs, Pugs, just to mention a few. That doesn’t mean the other breeds do not snore. And there are other factors which also contribute to snoring.
What causes snoring in dogs?
Geoff writes that being overweight can contribute to snoring. For example, a Pomeranian that’s supposed to weigh 9 pounds is 17 pounds instead. Excess weight also can mean excess fat in the throat, which contributes to blocking the air passage way and causes snoring.
Another reason for dogs snoring is their sleep position. Dogs who like to sleep on their back are more likely to snore because their tongues would be in such a position that partially blocks their breathing passage. Adjusting their sleep positions can help. But that means you have to get out of bed to adjust their sleeping positions.
Allergy to dust and second-hand-smoke can also lead to snoring in dogs. If your dogs has never snored, and all of a sudden starts snoring, you might have him checked out. If your dog has always snored, but is otherwise a happy and active dog, it’s probably nothing to be concerned. You can read more about this topic here.
Enjoy listening to this snoring Shih Tzu and watching the reaction of her Pomeranian sister.
Article source: Geoff Williams on PetMD