Thank you for the response.
By labored breathing I mean he is taking in very deep and long breaths as if he is not getting enough air. I know some of the videos are long, but on several you will see those deep breaths. The breath is like what you would see after a dog stretches and takes one big gasp, but he continues on like that for 15 mins.
His mouth is generally closed all the time when sleeping. I have not noticed purple gums or tongue but I have been videoing for 3 day at night and not really sleeping so I am not sure how aware of his color I was.
I only have had the dog for 2 days and 3 nights. While I plan to use a local vet the breeder is only 35 minutes away and has a relationship with his vet. The breeder agreed to have the dog sleep at his home with him for observation followed by a vet visit. He is a very reputable guy, and just looking to take care of me and the dog.
My concern is the breathing stop bouts and sudden gasping for air are waking the dog up several times a night. When that happens he bolts to his feet very confused and it takes him awhile to settle back down.
I was hoping the kuranda bed would help as it suppose to distribute the dogs weight better, but soft bed, floor or the new dog bed does not seem to make a difference.
He is trained to crate sleep, but i had the crate in my daughters room. She is a pretty heavy sleeper but he was waking her up so I had him sleep in my room. So I know the crate will not help his sleep either.
I only watched a little of the videos, but what you describe can actually be a normal thing with dogs.
Some dogs once they fully mature tend to be low key. Just because the dog was imported does not mean that it is going to necessarily be high energy. You also have to add in the fact that the dog has had a lot of changes in the last few months also. A vet visit is definitely a good plan to be certain there isn't something going on.
However, using my golden as an example, there are times when he's really deeply asleep where he has long pauses between breaths and I have actually counted his heart rate down around 48 when he gets that deeply asleep. When he breathes normally in a lighter version of sleep he may pause periodically for a few seconds before taking another breath. If he takes a deep breath, there is often a period of time before he starts up again. Myles is a very fit and athletic dog. His resting heart rate is usually around 60, which is not typical of most dogs, especially ones that aren't as active as he is.
And as far as labored breathing goes, my question is does there seem to be an increased inspiratory or expiratory effort? Is he breathing rapidly but the breaths are even, much like if he was panting? Does his tongue or gums appear to become purple with this kind of breathing? Generally speaking, very wide mouth, elbows pointed out, stretching the neck out. These are things a dog who is having labored breathing for whatever reason it could be (honestly the list is long) will generally look like.
I am curious why the breeder has the dog and his vet is looking at it. Is it because yours hadn't heard of this? Did your vet actually look at the dog or did you just describe things for them? If they did a physical exam on the dog and couldn't find anything amiss, it could simply be something normal for your dog. Hard to say, but it is something to think about.
I could go into more depth on why breathing slows when you are sleeping, lol. Though it will show my inner A&P nerd more than anything else. >>
Hopefully they can figure out something for you.