Is your dog a Sporting Legend or Everyday Hero, the Most Talented, Oldest or Hardest Working pooch you know?


Win pawsome prizes AND the chance to appear on our national TV show on Channel 10 from 7 September 2024


We’re searching for Australia’s Canine Sporting Legends, Everyday Heroes, Oldest, Most Talented and Hardest Working pooches.

Share the interesting stories, outstanding achievements and awards that helps your dog stand out from the pack.

Entries open 9am 22 April 2024 and close at 5pm 20 May 2024
Register your Interest from 1 April 2024

About Us

The Dog Down Under is calling on Australians to enter their dog, or a dog they know, into one or more of the five award categories in 2024, as we search for those dogs that deserve recognition for their sporting prowess, special skills or talents, those that are making a difference to, and saving people’s lives, as well as Australia’s oldest living dog.

More than just a competition, The Dog Down Under campaign culminates in a 5-part TV series hosted by Lara Shannon, airing nationally on Channel 10 from 7 September 2024.

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Doggy tales


    Everyday Hero

    Superheroes come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes they even have tails! Awarded the IFAW "Animal of the Year" Award, Bear, an Australian Koolie rescue dog, helped save over 100 koalas from the devastating NSW bushfires from June 2019 to May 2020.


    Hard Working Hound

    During her time as a QLD Police Dog, Venus located over 100 weapons and worked on searches for Heads of State, visiting Royalty and Presidents. In 2016 Venus received the Commissioners certificate of Merit for her outstanding contributions.


    Oldest Dog

    Maggie, Australia’s 'oldest dog' died at 30 after going to sleep in her basket. The Kelpie, owned by Victoria dairy farmer Brian McLaren, was deaf and had been losing her vision, but was still walking around the dairy just days before she passed.


    Talented Pooch

    When he’s not performing for the cameras on the national TV show Pooches at Play, ‘Dynamite Darcy’ loves nothing more than learning new tricks and entertaining the crowds at the many pet expos he attends with his mummy, Lara Shannon.


    Sporting Legend

    When he’s not performing tricks or excelling at obedience, Brady loves to show of his sporting prowess in Agility and Disc Dogs as well as spending his weekends on adventure running trails.


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