Six things we love most about the Dog Lovers Show

Move over, cats! It’s the Chinese Year of the Dog, and Melbourne’s celebrating all things canine. If we had tails, we’d wag them about these highlights of the sixth Dog Lovers Show.

A large dog with white and brown fur with its mouth open

A very good boy

The theme of the 2018 show is dog sports, so of course the inaugural Common Woof Games is going to be huge. Spread across the show’s three days, the action-packed program includes doggie basketball and soccer, javelin dodge and barrel racing. The opening ceremony features canine superstars like the Wonderdogs, and TV vet Dr Katrina Warren.

Dogs are amazing swimmers and aerialists, so be sure to check out the Black Hawk DogDocks pool. Common Woof Games aquatic events take place here, including Extreme Vertical (doggie high jump), Big Air (long jump) and the Rapid Relay. The canine competitors are bound to make a splash – literally!

A brown and white dog jumping into an outdoor pool

An athletic champion launching into the 500m doggy paddle

Some of Instagram’s biggest four-legged stars will be strutting the red carpet and posing on thrones throughout the Dog Lovers Show. Insta-pooch is a rare chance to cuddle and snap selfies with these furry celebrities, including Lenny the Dalmatian and Nigella the Pug. #adorable!

Want a doggie of your very own, but not sure which breed is best for you? Fill out a questionnaire in the Perfect Match zone to find out, then discover more about the breeds that suit your circumstances. Whether it’s an Irish Wolfhound or Scottish Terrier, you may be lucky enough to meet one in the Pat-a-Pooch area.

Really get to know the breed you love or want to get better acquainted with at the Breed Showcase. Experts from more than 50 Dogs Victoria breed clubs present information sessions, and will also be available to share their insights one-on-one.

Three dogs sitting side by side in the sun

Our pick for the cast of Charlie’s Angels 3

The Dog Adoption Zone is easily one of the most heart-warming aspects of the show. It has enabled 2000+ pooches to find a home; this year, dozens of rescue groups will attend to help boost that number. You can meet some dogs looking for love, find out about shelters near you, and learn about the adoption process.

Two small brown and white dogs with a smiling blonde girl beside them

A paw-trait of perfection

If you’re passionate about pooches you’ll want to stay all day – and you can thanks to the food trucks! Some of Melbourne’s best meals on wheels are rolling up, including Jimmy Grants, Custom Brew Coffee, Twisted Fisherman and Miso Fresh. If you have real kids, not just fur kids, you’ll love the Parent Pods for cleaning and feeding little ones. Of course they’ll love all the doggies, as well as the Funny Photo Wall and face painting.

Read more about the 2018 Dog Lovers Show.