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Does your dog stand out from the pack with unique talents, sporting prowess, community service, and hard work? Or could your senior pooch take the reins from Bluey the Australian Cattle Dog to hold the official Guinness World Records ‘Oldest Dog’ title?

Registrations of Interest are open for the inaugural The Dog Down Under Competition with a total prize pool of more than $28,000.

The Dog Down Under campaign is hosted by Lara Shannon, leading Australian dog expert and creator and host of Channel 10’s Pooches at Play and 7TWO’s Animal SOS Australia.

“I am so excited to hear about the amazing tales of courage, dedication, athletic skills, and tireless work of our canine companions and to share their heart-warming stories with Australia on our social media and later this year on TV,” she said.

“We urge Australians to nominate their dogs, or dogs they know, into one or more of the five award categories, helping us find dogs who deserve recognition for their sporting achievements, special skills or talents, those who are actively impacting and preserving human lives, as well as Australia’s oldest living dog.

“Our dogs make us feel good by reducing our mental and physical stress, promoting relaxation, and even boosting our memories.

"Not to mention their innate sixth sense and scent detection skills to pick up when we are sick or in need of help!.

“That’s why I felt it was so important to create not only a competition but also start a movement that helps to share all of the wonderful ways dogs benefit our lives.”


1. MOST TALENTED: From talking with buttons to excelling at a trick’s routine, playing an instrument, to ‘singing’ their favourite song, and more, could your pooch take out the title of Australia’s most talented dog?

2. EVERYDAY HEROES: From wrangling snakes to saving koalas from fire, detecting disease and seizures, to raising the alarm of trouble, there are many tales of heroic dogs that have saved lives, even at the cost of their own, and we want to hear their story.

3. HARDEST WORKING: From hardworking herders to faithful flock guardians, police dogs, and four-legged heroes going to war, to canines helping people in need. This category is for those dogs with jobs that go above and beyond the call of duty.

4. SPORTING LEGENDS: From obedience trials to agility and flyball, dock jumping and disc dogs, sheepdog trials, sled dog racing, and much more, this category is for the canine sports stars that are ready to impress with their athletic prowess and sporting attitude to life.

5. OLDEST: Have you got Australia’s oldest dog? Could they even take over the World’s Oldest Dog title? One finalist will be nominated for each size category - Miniature/Toy/Small, Medium, Large & Giant Breed - with the oldest dog across all categories earning the crown.

To enter your dog (you can enter more than one dog) visit



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