9 Reasons why your Labrador snores! (+solutions)

why does my Labrador snore

Labradors are not one of those dogs that are known for snoring. Nevertheless, it can happen from time to time that a Labrador snores as well. Especially if he sleeps in your bedroom, it cannot be very pleasant. This article explains why a Labrador snores and if you can do something about it.

A Labrador can also snore. If a Labrador is overweight and too fat, he may snore. Excess fat obstructs the airflow, and this causes them to snore. Labradors, in particular, are very greedy and tend to get overweight quickly. The solution is to feed less and exercise more.

Why does a dog snore!

That dogs snore is not uncommon. The reason is that the air does not pass easily through the airways, creating familiar snoring sounds.

In some dog breeds, unfortunately, this is generally the case due to anatomical reasons.

Among the dog breeds that often snore are the French Bulldog, the Pug, the Boxer, and the English Bulldog. These breeds, basically due to short-nose problems with breathing, tend to snore.

Due to its average snout, the Labrador is not one of the dogs known for snoring. Nevertheless, it is not impossible.

Labrador snores because he is too fat.

This is a phenomenon that also applies to us humans. If you have too much on the ribs, the chance you snore is higher.

Labradors are big dogs that are always hungry.

So if your Labrador snores, it may be because he is too fat. The excess weight then presses on the airways, and your Labrador can’t breathe freely and snores.

The ribs are a good indicator to determine if a dog is too fat. If you can feel them very well but not yet see them, your Labbi is not too fat.

But if you can feel a good layer of fat on the ribs, he is too fat.

Please pay attention to how much your Labrador eats and that he gets enough exercise. A Labrador needs a lot of exercises to be content and, above all, healthy.

Being overweight is not only a problem if your Labrador snores, but generally unhealthy.

Labrador snores because he has a cold

Dogs can also catch a cold. If your Labrador jumps into the water in winter, he may catch a cold and snore if he swims too long.

So, in the cold season, ensure you do not let your Labrador into the water in extreme sub-zero temperatures. Even if it is unnecessary, a coat can sometimes be beneficial because Labradors have thick and very dense fur.

If you want to prevent him from catching a cold and snoring, you can also put a coat on your Labrador when it is icy. With older dogs, this makes sense.

Labrador lies on his back and snores.

Even if your Labrador does not tend to snore, it can happen when he lies on his back. Like us humans, dogs snore significantly often when lying on their backs.

Due to this lying position, the throat is somewhat narrowed, the air cannot flow freely, and snoring noises occur.

A lying position is a reason why your dog snores.

Dogs sometimes sleep in the most uncomfortable positions for us.

Our Cane Corso dog fell asleep on the couch with her head leaning against the backrest just yesterday.

Cane Corso snores
Malou snores on the couch

The result was that she could not breathe easily, and as a result, she snored loudly.

Allergies could be the reason why your Labrador snores

Dogs are also suffering more and more from allergies. The external circumstances, such as extremely processed unhealthy food, can also trigger allergies in dogs.

Allergies can affect your Labrador’s respiratory system and cause snoring. Symptoms of an allergy could be nasal discharge, for example. To ensure that it is not “dramatic,” you should have your Lab checked by your veterinarian.

He can also do an allergy test to determine what your Labrador reacts to. So maybe you can do something against the snoring.

Cigarette smoke can be the reason why your Labrador snores.

Cigarette smoke is just as bad for dogs as it is for us. The chemicals in the smoke attack the lungs and airways, making them more susceptible to allergies or infections.

If you are a smoker, avoid smoking in the house out of consideration for your dog and, of course, your family unless you live alone.

Snoring can be a side effect of medication.

If your dog is on medication and has never snored, it may be a side effect.

Once he stops the medication, the snoring problem should go away.


Dogs, like us, can get polyps on their nose, which is why they snore. Polyps are growths in the nose that obstruct airflow and therefore cause snoring.

Talk to your vet if it is possible or necessary to do surgery.

Labrador has a foreign body in the nose.

It is possible that your Labbi has a foreign body in his nose, which is why he snores. A small stone or some dirt, for example.

There is simply no reason.

Besides all the above reasons why your Labrador might snore, it can also be simply that he snores for no apparent reason. Sometimes this is just the way it is.

If your Labrador is healthy, you don’t see any signs of illness or anything like that; you have to accept it.

Is snoring dangerous for your Labrador?

Snoring as such is usually not dangerous for your dog. However, you should get to the bottom of the cause if necessary.

If your Labrador snores because he is overweight, it is not the snoring that is dangerous but the overweight. Of course, it is the same with diseases or allergies.

You must get to the bottom of the cause to know if the snoring can be dangerous for your dog.

Conclusion: Why does my Labrador snore?

Labradors are not dogs that snore a lot. However, being overweight can cause a Labrador to snore as well. To avoid your Lab getting too fat – not only so that he doesn’t snore anymore but because being overweight is unhealthy.

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I am Marco and I have the pleasure of living with 3 large Mastiff-type dog breeds. I would like to share my dog-related experiences on this blog

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