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How to enter!

The Kennel Club Friends for Life Competition celebrates those dogs in our lives that provide lifetime service, support, love and devotion. This is a showcase of how dogs can be true heroes and make an extraordinary contribution to our lives and in many cases, change their lives too. We are looking for nominations for dogs that have truly earned the title of The Kennel Club Friends for Life Winner in any of the following categories:

Extraordinary Life of a Working Dog

For those who have shown extraordinary qualities working in the army, police force, RAF, Airport, search and rescue, etc.

Hero Assistance Dogs

For assistance dogs that have supported their owners throughout the years, from guide dogs and hearing dogs to medical detection dogs and autism assistance dogs.

Man's Best Friend

Celebrating pet dogs who have seen their owners through the hardest times as well as the happiest.

Child's Hero

Recognising dogs that support and impact children to help them achieve the best start in their life.

Breed Rescue Dog of the Year

For dogs who have improved their owners' lives after being rehomed through a Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisation.

Closing Date

The closing date for entering is the 21st January 2018.


Five finalists will be chosen by a panel and then opened to a public vote on the 25th February 2018 – with the overall winner of The Kennel Club Friends for Life being announced live at Crufts on 11th March 2018.


The winner will receive £5,000 for their chosen charity and runners up receive £1,000 each for their chosen charities from The Kennel Club Charitable Trust and of course the glory of being crowned The Kennel Club Friends for Life winner!

So why not nominate your own dog and lifelong friend, or someone else’s dog that you think deserving of the title now!