CALLING all pooch people - could this be Lancashire's loudest snoring dog?

Margot is a five-month-old dogue de rottador (a dogue de bordeaux, rottweiler and fox red labrador cross) from Oswaldtwistle.

Julie Mullen acquired Margot from a family in Nelson and has owned her since she was eight-weeks-old.

While a nice, comfortable crate is available to the noisy puppy - amusingly she prefers to squeeze into the gap behind the sofa for forty-winks.

Mrs Mullen said: "Margot has a lovely crate with soft bedding to sleep in, but she prefers squashing up behind the sofa, hence the snoring!

"She was very naughty as a young puppy and loved to bite everything including my hands. She's settling down now and just loves other people.

"She's really good on walks and loves nothing better than a run around with other dogs. 

"I'm working from home at the moment and she's very good and chilled out on the sofa for most of the day while I'm working. She follows me everywhere, though, including the bathroom, where she chews the wicker laundry basket whilst I shower.

"I feel if she didn't keep herself busy chewing the basket, she would try and get in the shower with me!"

Margot is named in honour of Mrs Mullen's mother, Margaret, who sadly passed away just five days into the first lockdown back in March 2020.

According to Vet Help Direct, snoring in dogs is common and usually nothing to worry about. Flat-faced and shorter nosed breeds, known as 'brachycephalic' dogs, tend to snore more as their nasal palates vibrate back and forth when air is drawn in, making a lot of noise.

These kinds of dogs also tend to have smaller nostril openings so that the air faces more resistance as they breathe in.

Another common cause is dogs sleeping on their backs. Back sleepers commonly have their throat partially blocked by their tongue, which can cause loud snoring. The shape and position of the neck also contributes.

Mrs Mullen added: "We also have a 13-year-old cocker spaniel, Ruby, who is trying her best to ignore Margot's snoring.

"It's hard to know if it's Margot or thunder sometimes!"