7-10 March 2024, The NEC Birmingham

The Kennel Club Hero Dog Award

The Kennel Club Hero Dog Award 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.


Five finalists, across the following categories, will be announced early next year for the 2024 award:

  • 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 medical detection dogs or hearing dogs, to therapy dogs or pets who provide emotional support
  • Best friends – Celebrating a canine companion 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 (16 years and under)
  • Rescue dog hero – for a rescue dog who has overcome adversity and gone on to irrevocably improve the life of their owner/s.

Nominations have now closed and the five finalists for next year’s award will be announced early 2024.

The overall winner, decided through a public vote, will be announced in the main arena at Crufts. 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.