15 Dog Breeds That Snore Loudly


You bring home a new fluffy companion that looks cute and feels like a soft ball of love. But you realize that your dog snores louder than your grandpa! What are the loudest snoring dog breeds? Let’s talk about them.


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Compact and wrinkly bundles of joy, pugs originated in China over 2,000 years ago, serving as imperial playmates. They even strutted their stuff in ancient tapestries!

Their flat faces narrow their airways, causing vibrations and those adorable but sometimes disruptive snores.

English Mastiffs

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Some historians report that Julius Caesar used these dogs to conquer Gaul! Mastiffs are intimidating dogs from England, bred for guarding and war. 

Their large bodies and the loose tissues inside their mouths create low snores that rival thunder. They are loyal friends but require space and training due to their strength.

Basset Hounds

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The combination of long, floppy, soft palates and narrow nasal passages creates the signature snores of basset hounds. Their howls inspired Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, and their droopy faces make them too charming. 

These pups love to explore, and attention is paramount. Regular ear cleaning is critical due to their floppy ears.

English Bulldogs

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Like pugs, English bulldogs’ short noses and narrow airways lead to those characteristic snorts and snores. 

These stocky and affectionate bulldogs were bred in England for bull-baiting, a thankfully now-banned practice. Their wrinkles were originally meant to protect them from bites.

Shih Tzus


Shih Tzus were cherished mates of Chinese emperors and were called Lion Dogs because they looked like tiny lions! Their small noses and tendency to overeat contribute to snoring.

Unlike brachycephalic breeds, their snoring is less frequent and intense. The Dalai Lama and Audrey Hepburn were among the famous Shih Tzu owners.

Boston Terriers

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Native to Boston, these dogs’ short snouts and soft tissues inside their mouths can lead to impressive snores.

Boston terriers are excellent watchdogs and love to play. Just be mindful of their sensitivity to heat and cold due to their short coats.


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Boxers’ more prominent size and relaxed soft mouth roofs create gentle rumbles during sleep. These playful German goofballs have expressive jowls that make them stand out. 

Although not brachycephalic, Be mindful of potential drooling and stubborn streaks during training.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

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Cavaliers were bred to be lapdogs for royalty, and these silky-coated sweethearts with soulfulness were named after King Charles I. 

While generally quiet sleepers, some Cavaliers with flatter faces or allergies experience occasional snoring due to narrowed airways.



The snoring of Pekingese dogs is caused by their flat faces and tiny noses, like most brachycephalics. These pups were cherished in China with their lion-like manes and even carried in special carts for royalty!

Bernese Mountain Dogs


Bernese mountain dogs don’t always snore, but the large size of their bodies and relaxed tissues inside their mouths cause gentle, low-pitched snorts during sleep.

They are from the Swiss Alps, where they were bred for herding and drafting. These dogs are laid back but need plenty of space, exercise, and training due to their strength.

Chow Chows

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Distinguished by their elegant stature and blue-black tongues, Chow Chows possess an impressive charm, occasionally overshadowed by their penchant for snoring. This endearing trait stems from their short snouts and narrow nasal passages. 

Beyond their physical characteristics, they have aloof personalities, necessitating owners capable of offering constant training and socialization.

St. Bernards


St. Bernards are exceptionally large, and their relaxed palates lead to soft yet audible snores during sleep. 

The dogs are loyal, and they need regular grooming. Beethoven, the famous movie canine, was a St. Bernard.

Dogue de Bordeaux


Powerful and majestic with wrinkled faces, Dogues de Bordeaux are French dogs for guarding and big-game hunting. Like other giant breeds, their size and squishy palates cause low-pitched snoring. 

Dogues de Bordeaux are calm and protective companions. They were called “French Mastiffs” before being renamed in the 19th century.


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Bullmastiffs earned the moniker “the silent night watchmen” owing to their vigilant yet tranquil demeanor. However, their serene facade is momentarily disrupted by their soft palates’ resonant, low-pitched snores.

French Bulldogs


Unlike their English counterparts, Frenchies have more straight noses. They don’t snore as loud as their English cousins, but their snores and snorts are noticeable.


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