10 - 13 March 2022, The NEC Birmingham

The Kennel Club Hero Dog Award

friends for life winner 2019

The Kennel Club Hero Dog Award, previously known as the Friends for Life competition, takes place at Crufts each year. It celebrates the unique relationship people have with their dogs, the important role man’s best friend plays throughout our lives and the support they give us in the face of adversity.

Our five categories are:

  • 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 support dog - celebrating all support and assistance dogs, from guide dogs, hearing dogs, medical detection dogs and autism assistance dogs to support dogs, including therapy dogs or pets who provide emotional support
  • Best friends – celebrating a pet dog who has seen its owner through the hardest times, as well as the happiest
  • Child’s champion – recognising a dog that has supported and had a positive impact on a child's life (17 years and under)
  • Rescue dog hero – for a rescue dog who has overcome adversity and gone on to improve the life of its owner/s

We want to celebrate and share the amazing stories of how dogs give back to us every day of our lives. There will be one finalist per category and an overall winner, decided through a public vote, will be announced in the main arena at Crufts 2022. The winner and the runners up will receive generous donations from The Kennel Club Charitable Trust for their nominated canine charity, to help make a difference for dogs.

Find out more about our amazing previous hero dog finalists and winners.

Entries have closed for 2021.