Australia’s most heroic, talented, sporting, hardworking and oldest dogs revealed

winner The Dog Down Under
Kaos, a Queensland police dog, and winner in the Hardest Working category.

The search for Australia’s most ‘pawsome’ pooches in the inaugural The Dog Down Under campaign has ended, revealing the incredible tales of bravery, resilience, dedication and tail-wagging love that Australians right across the country share with their dogs.

Hosted by Lara Shannon, author of World of Dogs and Eat, Play, Love (Your Dog), and host of Channel 10’s Pooches at Play and 7TWO’s Animal SOS Australia, the initiative began with a national call for entries, followed by six weeks of interviewing and filming entrants to sniff out the final Top 10 for each category.

Finalists for the Most Talented, Everyday Heroes, Hardest Working, Sporting Legends and Oldest Dogs categories have been revealed, and the overall winners announced on Instagram and Facebook.

“After reading all 550 plus entries, I was blown away by how many of our canine companions are literally saving lives, protecting the community and bringing together people from all walks of life through a common bond and love of dogs,” Shannon said. 

“Meeting many of them along the East Coast of Australia, and with more states to come, it is very clear that for many Australians our dogs are more than just pets. They are important members of the family, providing protection, inspiration and companionship, helping people to keep going when times get tough.

“The judges and I could never have imagined how hard it would be to select just 10 finalists, and will be sharing as many of the stories that we can on social media and other platforms throughout the year, to recognise and celebrate the important role dogs play in our lives and the wider community.”

The stories of the Top 10 Finalists for the Most Talented, Hardest Working, Everyday Heroes and Sporting Legends categories, as well as Australia’s Oldest dogs of all shapes and sizes, will be shared in a five-part TV series The Dog Down Under, airing on Channel 10 from 7 September 2024.

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