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Canine Critics 2020 winners

Kate W 02 December 2020

After a nationwide search, these top ten dogs beat thousands and thousands of applicants to become this year’s adventure-loving pack of Canine Critics.

Our chosen Canine Critics have got the job of sniffing out some of the best dog-friendly accommodation, most exciting days out and interesting dog walks that the UK has to offer. Whether you’re looking for a paw-friendly beach or an inspiring holiday destination, our Critics will lead the way. 

We had such an incredible response to this year’s competition – 62,884 entries(!) – that we decided to recognise a few well-deserved runners-up too! So once you've had a look at our winners, you can also have a nose at our Canine Critics runners-up 2020

This year, instead of having regional winners, we categorised our pups into different groups with our winning Canine Critics ranging from The Mini Mutt to Critics' Choice. Take a look at a snapshot of our winners below and decide which of these loveable pups you will follow on his or her UK travels by reading their reviews.







Our 2020 categories

The Pack - Our category for a dog squad who can test out properties fit for a whole pack

The Superstars - Our pick of the pack who are true influencers with a great social following

The Rarity - The category for those pups who are one of the rarest breeds on the planet

The Mini Mutt - Our top 'small dog' who may be little, but will likely have a big personality

The Rescue - The dog who has been rescued and is now in his forever home

The Siblings - Those pups who are part of the same litter and are rarely seen apart 

The Bear - Our top choice of those big dogs who may well be gentle giants 

The Helper - Our category for dogs who go above and beyond to help

The Hero – A dog who deserves to be recognised as a true hero 

Critics' Choice - This dog was voted 'most popular pup' by our 2019 Critics


As many of you know, our Canine Critics are here to act as your eyes and paws on the ground by exploring the UK and reporting back to Canine HQ on their findings. 

They are going to seek out the best travel destinations, visit dog-friendly attractions and pubs, and inspect our cottages across the UK. You’ll get a whole lot of wonderful insight about how to holiday in our fantastic country from these dogs and owners who know their stuff. 

Between them, we reckon our Canine Critics will quickly become a fountain of knowledge when it comes to pet-friendly UK holidays. You can keep updated on their travels and you'll be able to read first-hand accounts of each of their trips. We can’t wait to read about all their adventures, but for now, read the first ones below.


Sky Lark Lodge review by Phil, Niko and Teddy: Canine Critics 2020

Phil, Niko and Teddy in the sun.

Say hello to superstars Phil, Niko and Teddy, the lovable Alaskan Malamutes who scampered off to North Devon for a week’s getaway. Find out all about their roomy log cabin, the wide-open areas of the surroundings and the best places to visit in the area.


Beach Hut review by Barrie: Canine Critics 2020

Barrie by the water

Meet Barrie, the adorable Anatolian Shepherd, who, after spending more than a year with her humans in lockdown, was more than eager to explore the Sussex coast in Eastbourne. Click below to find out more about her week away on the coast.


Mandallagh Cottage review by Talyn: Canine Critics 2020

Talyn in training

It’s time to unearth the rare specimen that is Talyn, the Norwegian Lundehund. Maybe the fact that he has six toes helped him win our Rarity category in the 2020 Canine Critics’ Awards, but we don't mind! He took his mums (lucky them!) to the Isle of Skye for a week of rugged landscape walks, barking at sheep and sniffs. Read on.


Yar Brook View review by Daphne: Canine Critics 2020

Daphne the dudette

Daphne the Chiweenie just oozes style. She cooly sauntered past the competition to pick up her Mini Mutt accolade at the Canine Critics' Awards 2020. We recognised this win by rewarding her and her Humans with a week away on the idyllic Isle of Wight. Fetch her review below.


Madoc’s Barn review by Fredrick and Royston: Canine Critics 2020

Fredrick and Royston, the golden retrievers

A brother will always stand by you, or in this case, sit by you, sit on you, run with you, play with you and holiday with you! Fredrick and Royston won our Siblings category and took their Mams to stay in a beautiful barn on the English/Welsh border. Click below to find out why love is a four-legged word.


Deepdean Dexters Den review by Yogi: Canine Critics 2020

Yogi Bear the Newfoundland is a deserving winner of our 2020 Hero category. He's a Therapet who works with children with learning disabilities and is also a Water Rescue Dog. He took his hoomans to Ross-on-Wye to discover an animal sanctuary and ageing architecture, amongst other things. Read his review by clicking below.


Follow in their pawprints

Think your pampered pup would make an impressive Canine Critic? Register your interest with us and when we begin recruiting our new Canine Critics, you can put your own best friend forward.


To begin your own adventures across the UK, start browsing through our dog-friendly holiday cottages for a retreat you and your own faithful friend will love!

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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