As we prepare to celebrate National Dog Day, a new survey by Bensons for Beds has revealed the dog breeds most likely to steal your bed and leave you fighting for a tiny square inch of mattress to catch your nap.
If you own a Cocker Spaniel, it probably won’t surprise you that this happy, boisterous, and energetic pup tops the list as the canine companion who is the least hesitant when it comes to claiming his place next to you.
In fact, this cheerful canine is so determined when it comes to stealing beds and winning over his owners that he can sleep comfortably a whopping 14 nights a month – that’s almost 50% of the time he gets his beauty sleep on her owner’s bed instead of her own.
The survey (opens in new tab)which took in 1,000 dog owners from across the UK, ranked each breed by the number of nights per month they slept in bed with their owners and pulled the data together to produce a definitive list of the top 10 dog breeds most likely to be get rid of their own bed in favor of their people.
Rounding out the top 5 were the Beagle, Miniature Schnauzer, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Staffordshire Bull Terrier, all of whom spent the equivalent of 11 nights a month in their owner’s bed.
The last five places were the Shih Tzu, the Boxer, the Hungarian Vizsla, the Dachshund and last but not least the English Springer Spaniel. It is worth noting that a third of the list was dominated by Spaniel breeds. So if you’re planning on adopting one, be prepared for some serious bed wars!
And while they didn’t make the top 10, other popular breeds known as serial stuffed animals, like pugs, bulldogs, golden retrievers, and labradors, easily made the top 20 breeds with their cheeky sleeping habits.
Although many of these pooches are incredibly adamant about their desire to sleep on the big bed, many dog owners ask the crucial question: “Should your dog sleep in your bed?”
And while experts often advise against bed sharing, for many dog owners, the answer to that particular question depends on a number of factors, from the size of the pet to its personality and, not to mention, the position it likes to sleep in!