Study reveals the cheeky dog breeds that are most likely to steal your bed

Labrador Retriever tangled up in person's feet in bed, yawning
(Image credit: Getty Images)

As we get ready to celebrate National Dog Day, a new survey conducted by Bensons for Beds has revealed the dog breeds that are most likely to steal your bed and leave you fighting for a tiny square inch of mattress to get your snooze on. 

If you own a Cocker Spaniel, then it will probably come as no surprise to learn that this merry, frolicsome and high-energy pup topped the list as the canine companion who has the least amount of hesitation when it comes to trying to claim their spot beside you.

In fact, this happy-go-lucky dog is so determined when it comes to both bed stealing and winning their owners over that they manage to sleep in comfort a whopping 14 nights a month - that's almost 50% of the time getting their beauty sleep on their owners bed instead of their own. 

Beagle dog chewing on chicken bone

A Beagle ranked in the top five dog breeds most likely to steal your bed (Image credit: Getty Images)

The survey, which involved 1,000 dog owners living across Britain, ranked each breed by the number of nights a month they slept on the bed with their owners, pulling the data together to create a final list of the top 10 dog breeds most likely to ditch their own bed in favor of their humans.

Rounding out the top five were the Beagle, Miniature Schnauzer, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Staffordshire Bull Terrier, all spending the equivalent of 11 nights a month in their owner’s bed.

In the final five spots were the Shih Tzu, Boxer, Hungarian Vizsla, Dachshund and last but certainly not least, the English Springer Spaniel. It's worth noting that a third of the list was dominated by Spaniel breeds, so if you're planning to adopt one, be prepared for some serious bed wars!

And while they didn’t make the top 10, other popular breeds known to be serial snugglers, such as Pugs, Bulldogs, Golden Retrievers, and Labradors, easily made the top 20 breeds with their cheeky sleep habits.

Despite many of these pooches being incredibly persistent in their desires to sleep on the big bed, many dog owners find themselves asking the vital question: “Should your dog sleep in your bed?

And, despite experts commonly advising against the bed sharing, the answer to this particular question for many canine owners is based on several factors from the animal’s size to their personality and - not forgetting - the positions they like to sleep in

Kathryn Williams
Freelance writer

Kathryn is a freelance writer who has been a member of the PetsRadar family since it launched in 2020. Highly experienced in her field, she's driven by a desire to provide pet parents with accurate, timely, and informative content that enables them to provide their fur friends with everything they need to thrive. Kathryn works closely with vets and trainers to ensure all articles offer the most up-to-date information across a range of pet-related fields, from insights into health and behavior issues to tips on products and training. When she’s not busy crafting the perfect sentence for her features, buying guides and news pieces, she can be found hanging out with her family (which includes one super sassy cat), drinking copious amounts of Jasmine tea and reading all the books.