Since its inception in 2013, the Melbourne Dog Lovers Show has seen almost 200,000 K9-fanatics from around Australia bound into the Royal Exhibition Building. Celebrating its seventh year, the Show has cemented its place as one of the world’s largest and most popular festivals dedicated to educating and entertaining dog lovers, whilst paying tribute to just how much these wonderful creatures enrich our loves and contribute to the community every day.
The southern hemispheres premier dog-dedicated festival will be 25% bigger when it opens Friday 3 to Sunday 5 May, with more K9-inspired experiences than ever before and over 600 dogs represented by more than 120 breeds.
The 2019 program is packed full of never-before seen entertainment in the all-new VitaPet Arena including the inaugural K9 Ninja Star competition alongside Skipping, Frisbee and Drag-racing Dog Shows that will amaze spectators.
The Royal Exhibition Building’s forecourt will host the very first Outdoor Arena featuring the inaugural High Jump Competition and the spectacular return of the Sheepdog Speed Trials by Australian Working Dog Rescue Inc (AWDRI).
The BlackHawk DockDogs competition will once again WOW visitors with a wide range of talented dogs launching themselves off a raised dock into a massive 100,000 litre swimming pool – BYO umbrella!
The newest veterinary talent to hit Aussie TV screens this year will host educational talks on the all-new RACV Pet Insurance Stage with Victoria’s own Bondi Vet, Dr Danni Dusek set to make her debut, while Dr Lisa Chimes is heading south to entertain her adoring Melbourne fans for the first time at the event. Devoted crowd favourites Dr Katrina Warren and Kelly Gill will also provide tips on how to teach your dog cool tricks alongside the famous Wonderdogs.
From Great Danes to Golden Retrievers, over 40 leading Clubs will feature in the Breed Showcase including a Meet the Breeds Collective showcasing a range of rare breeds. Visitors can meet, cuddle and snap a selfie with some of the biggest ‘K9 Stars of Instagram’ as they take part in media interviews, strut their stuff and sit on giant thrones to interact with fans.
Shop and save with hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of dog products and services, new product launches, Show specials and stacks of prizes including the chance to WIN a $30,000 dog-friendly Chameleon Caravan. Visitors can also experience Speed Dating for Dog Lovers, live demos from leading Street Artists Painting Pooches, free Doggy Face Painting and Dog Painting for kids, some of Melbourne’s yummiest food trucks and loads more!
Best In Show
If you’re visiting the show, here’s our take on what to look out for:
Melbourne born PupStyle will return to the show again this year. Locally designed with some locally handmade stylish dog accessories.
Make sure your pooch makes a bold fashion statement with Australian brand Big & Little Dogs.
Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton, Melbourne
Friday 3 – Sunday 5 May 2019.
9:30am – 5pm daily
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