1 December 2017 | Dog Advice

Why Does My British Bulldog Snore

Owning a British Bulldog as a pet is such a wonderful experience and they do make a great addition to a family with children. The British Bulldog has lots of amazing characters and they’re one of the friendliest dog breeds in the World. This wrinkly ball of fur loves to snuggle and hang out with their loved ones. In fact, snoozing is one of their favourite things to do! If you’re already an owner of a British Bulldog you would have noticed that snoozing equals snoring and often their snoring reaches very loud levels and at times can keep the whole household awk during the night.

British Bulldogs have a tendency to snore very loud and often this can be heard in the next room or even in a room nowhere near where the Bulldog is sleeping. This dog breed belongs to the group of Brachycephalic Dog Breeds.

Brachycephalic Dog Breeds

A Brachycephalic dog is those with short, squat like faces. Their muzzle is very short and this is normally the cause of snoring. This is caused by their nostrils collapsing and results in a very loud snore. Some Brachycephalic dogs also have an elongated soft palate, which can also contribute towards the snoring. On some occasions, a dog that belongs to this dog breed group may require surgery to elevate the issues with their breathing, but this is judged on a case by case scenario. If you’re concerned about your dog's snoring then you should visit the vets to get an expert opinion on the matter.

Other reasons why your British Bulldog is snoring

There are lots of other factors that can result in your Bulldog snoring. As with humans, sleeping in a room that isn't well ventilated can result in snoring. The stuffiness and lack of fresh air flowing will cause the dreaded snore. If your Bulldog is sleeping in a room that allows for no fresh air to flow, you may want to consider moving them to another room that has a window. The window should be left open, slightly and you will need to check that no harm can be caused by climbing out of this window by other pets in the house, or small children.

Once you've opened the window, you must ensure that your dog’s bed isn't close by the window as they will feel the draft. It's worth moving them away so they’re not bothered by the cold.

There have been recent studies that suggest digestive alterations that lead to respiratory problems can also be a contributing factor towards your Bulldog snoring. An example of this is the difficulty of swallowing or in some cases gastritis - which is inflammation of the stomach, that Bulldogs can suffer from; is the cause towards snoring.

Another contributing factor that leads to snoring is that some Bulldogs have been known to suffer from Laryngeal oedema, which is better known as the swelling of the airway. This can cause difficulties when the Bulldog inhales and thus cause loud breathing and snoring. If your Bulldog is making the snoring noise all the time, even when awake, then they may be suffering from this issue and their laryngeal opening is too small. If you are concerned about your Bulldog’s breathing habits, then you should look to seek professional advice from your vet.

Is your dog overweight? As your dog ages, they tend to put weight on easily as they become less active. If this is a cause for concern, then you should speak to your vet regarding introducing a specific diet plan for your dog and introducing them to daily exercise. Again, always discuss your concerns with the vet and introduce your dog slowly to any form of changes in their diet and exercise regime.

Despite all these issues, not everyone detests the sound of their Bulldog snoring, in fact, some owners find it rather endearing and relaxing, a sound that some have become accustomed to. You may consider this as one of the lovable traits a Bulldog possesses.

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