There aren’t many things more adorable than our furry companions, whose favourite things in life are cuddles, walkies, treats, and naps.
The winners of the fierce competition, who take home a prestigious award, are determined through a public vote.
Here is a look at what this paw-fect event is, what it celebrates, and how you can vote to have your say.
What is Westminster Dog of the Year?
It’s Westminster Dog Of The Year time! In collaboration with @DogsTrust, Westminster Dog of the Year competition is back and this year's event aims to promote responsible ownership.
Vote for your favourite MP and their dog here: https://t.co/za89rKFXF9. pic.twitter.com/qxqyJzSxgU
— The Kennel Club (@TheKennelClubUK) September 4, 2023
Westminster Dog of the Year is an annual competition that sees The Kennel Club and Dogs’ Trust celebrate the MPs who are passionate about our furry friends and whose work addresses canine issues and policies.
The nominees consist of these MPs and their dogs and the winner gets to take home the Sir David Amess Pawblic Vote Award, an accolade that commemorates the late Tory MP who worked to improve and protect canine welfare throughout his lifetime.
The event is a great way to raise awareness of key issues about the wellbeing of pups, too. In the past, issues that have been highlighted included fireworks’ negative impact on dogs, for instance.
When and where is Westminster Dog of the Year?
This year’s competition is set to take place on Thursday, September 14.
The exhilarating competition will be set in Westminster’s Victoria Tower Gardens.
How to vote
Voting for your favourite parliamentarian and puppy duo is easy!
All you have to do is head to The Kennel Club’s website and select the pair you would like to support before hitting the submit button.
Who are this year’s nominees?
This year’s nominees are as below.
Peter Gibson MP and Clemmie
James Daly MP and Bertie
Suzanne Webb MP and Sidney Pickles
Fay Jones MP and Truffle
Ruth Edwards MP and Clemmie
Marion Fellows MP and her Dogs Trust Companion
Jane Stevenson MP and her Dogs Trust Companion
Selaine Saxby MP and Henry
Anna Firth MP and Lottie
Patricia Gibson MP and her Dogs Trust Companion
Rebecca Harris MP and Lola
Anna McMorrin MP and Cadi
Mims Davies MP and TJ
William Wragg MP and Dolly
Richard Bacon MP and Beaufort
Jeremy Hunt MP and Poppy
Rosie Duffield MP and Paco
Darren Henry MP and Poppy
Mark Fletcher MP and Delta