Holyrood Dog of the Year 2018

Celebrating a unique bond

The competition celebrates the unique bond between man and dog - and aims to promote responsible dog ownership. The competition is open to all parliamentarians' dogs, regardless of breed, creed or pawlitical persuasion.

Adrian Burder, Chief Executive of Dogs Trust, explains: "The Holyrood Dog of the Year competition is so much more than a canine beauty pageant. The competition is strictly apolitical; judges will be looking for the dogs' good deeds and devotion to their owner - rather than policies, opinions or 'bottle'."

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, continued; "The serious side of this competition is about MSPs getting together with the Kennel Club and Dogs Trust to promote responsible dog ownership and develop a partnership on dog welfare issues. The competition itself is light-hearted and an entertaining day out - not least because of the unusual criteria on which the dogs are judged!"


Vote for your favourite below:



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Christine Grahame

Dogs Trust Rescue Dog

Vote here for Christine Grahame and Dogs Trust Rescue Dog

Ben Macpherson


Vote here for Ben Macpherson and Charlie

Bill Bowman

Dogs Trust Rescue Dog

Vote here for Bill Bowman and Dogs Trust Rescue Dog

Ruth Maguire

Dogs Trust Rescue Dog

Vote here for Ruth Maguire and Dogs Trust Rescue Dog

Maurice Golden


Vote here for Maurice Golden and Leo

Gillian Martin


Vote here for Gillian Martin and Lucy

Jeremy Balfour

Dogs Trust Rescue Dog

Vote here for Jeremy Balfour and Dogs Trust Rescue Dog

Tom Mason

Bran and Fingal

Vote here for Tom Mason, Bran and Fingal

Maurice Corry


Vote here for Maurice Corry and Bobby

Annie Wells


Vote here for Annie Wells and Albert

Mark Griffin 


Vote here for Mark Griffin and Alfie

David Torrance


Vote here for David Torrance and Buster



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