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Canine Critic

Canine Critics 2021 winners

Kate W 05 November 2021

We had an amazing response to our Canine Critics 2021 competition with some incredible dogs in the running and we simply have to give a massive, tail-wagging thank you to everyone who applied!

This year we had thousands of applicants across ten categories - such as 'The Rescue' and 'The Siblings' - and we think you'll love following these keen canine explorers as they hunt down the best of the UK over the months ahead. 

With so many brilliant pups to choose from, we just had to pick a selection of runners-up too - take a look at our amazing Canine Critics 2021 runners-up.

It was a tough job, with a lot of carpet chewing and pacing, but after a thorough search we’ve finally found this year’s incredible Canine Critics winners.

Meet our Canine Critics 2021 winners below.


The role of the Canine Critic is to be our noses and paws on the ground – investigating, experiencing and showcasing amazing corners of the UK.

They’ll visit dog-friendly cottages, attractions and pubs and report back to Canine HQ. You’ll be able to read all about their travels and find out what they get up to in the upcoming months. For some insight into what's ahead, you could read all about last year's winners and the fantastic adventures they had - but first, get to know our 2021 winners.


Fetch the winner for each of the following categories:


Winners | The Rescue

Abby the podenco

Follow Abby at @abbythepodenco

Name: Abby

Breed: Podenco 

About: Meet the wonderful Abby. Adopted in 2019, this beautiful pup has found her forever home and is a breath of fresh air to her very proud pup parents who describe her as #noeyesallsmiles.


Winners | The Mini Mutt  

Queenie the Pembrokeshire Welsh corgi

Follow Queenie at @queenie_the_welsh_corgi

Name: Queenie

Breed: Pembroke Welsh corgi

About: Queenie is a big fan of adventures and saying ‘hello’ to everyone she meets! This lovable Welsh corgi lives in Wales and can often be spotted trotting along one of her local beaches or investigating the scenic Wales countryside.  


Winners | The Bear

Rocco the Alaskan shepherd (Alaskan malamute cross German shepherd)

Follow Rocco at @roccothewolfdog

Name: Rocco

Breed: Alaskan shepherd (Alaskan malamute cross German shepherd)

About: This giant softie is all about adventure and he is up for any terrain, sun, wind or rain! You’ll find him trekking through our UK forests, exploring rocky beaches, or taking long walks through vast moorland – mud is a favourite!


Winners | The Siblings  

Hugo & Hershey the miniature dachshund

Follow Hugo and Hershey at @hugoandhershey

Names: Hugo and Hershey 

Breed: Miniature dachshund

About: This photogenic pair of pups do everything together and know how to strike a pose too. Whether on a mountaintop ramble or meeting up with mates in the local park, these two are inseparable and are looking forward to showcasing their UK travels as Canine Critics.


Winners | The Helper  

Koda the French bulldog

Follow Koda at @koda_thebearpup

Name: Koda  

Breed: French bulldog

About: This impressive blue-fawn beauty is tough on the outside, soppy and cuddly on the inside, and offers amazing support to his family. Koda acts as a service dog to his pup parent, providing incredible comfort and reassurance, and has been described as a ‘constant Frenchie-shaped lil’ rock’.


Winners | The Hero  

Sam, Wisp, Gus the border collies

Names: Sam, Wisp and Gus 

Breed: Border collies

About: Next, we are introducing three more hard-working dogs: Sam, Wisp and Gus. These three remarkable canines are all Mountain Rescue Search Dogs for Teesdale and Weardale Search and Rescue Team, and all are from Morgan’s Rescue who specialise in rehoming working dogs.


Winners | The Rarity  

Spyro the Cane Lupino Del Gigante

Follow Spyro at @spyro_lupinodelgigante

Name: Spyro 

Breed: Cane Lupino Del Gigante

About: With his beautiful, mottled coat and gleaming eyes, it’s unbelievable that such a fantastic breed could be so rare, however, Spyro is the only one of his kind in the UK. This incredible canine is a proud ambassador for his unusual breed and loves a day out with his pup parents.


Winners | The Superstar  

Ted the labrador

Follow Ted at @annalieandted

Name: Ted

Breed: Labrador

About: This fabulous lab has already built himself a fantastic community over on Instagram of fellow canine explorers and adventure-seekers. A few of his passions include paddleboarding, wild swimming and hiking… although he can often be found just chilling out too.


Winners | The Pack  

Bailey, Ember and Bandit (Show cocker spaniel, Australian Shepherd, mini longhaired dachshund)

Follow Bailey, Ember and Bandit at @the_country_pups

Names: Bailey, Ember and Bandit 

Breed: Show cocker spaniel, Australian shepherd, mini longhaired dachshund

About: This trio lead each other into all kinds of adventures. Whether hiking up mountains or wandering along the coast, they’re always together defying the British weather. They also have an especially captivating Instagram feed full of UK travel inspiration that is well worth a peek!


Winners | Critics' Choice  

Rufus the German shorthaired pointer

Follow Rufus at @point_of_ru

Name: Rufus

Breed: German shorthaired pointer

About: The final pup in our Canine Critics’ pack is the adorable Rufus, but you can call him ‘Ru’. This pointer loves to experience the great outdoors alongside his best mate and pointer-in-crime Paddy before spending his evenings curled up on the carpet in a newly discovered pub.


Plan your own adventure...

Has your pup got what it takes to join the team next year? Get ahead of the pack by registering your interest for Canine Critics 2022. 


This group have got a host of adventures lined up for next year – why not plan a UK adventure of your own? Browse our dog-friendly cottages and get ready to whisk your four-pawed pal away on an un-paw-gettable holiday! 

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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