The Search is on for Petmania’s Puppy of the Year!

by Rose Barrett
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The search is officially on for Petmania’s Puppy of the Year 2023. The competition will see one lucky Irish pup winning the much-coveted accolade at a grand ‘furry’ finale ceremony. This is the 8th year of the canine competition whic has become more popular than ever, with the 2022 competition seeing over 1700 entries from pets and their proud owners across Ireland.

The overall winner will receive a prize worth €1500, including a year’s supply of dog food from Beta, a 12 month grooming care plan with Petmania , a two-night staycation in a dog-friendly hotel courtesy of Blue Book, as well as a professional photoshoot with the winning pup and a brand ambassador contract.

The competition is open to puppies aged 12 months and under and entries are open from today, Monday September 4 until 24 September, with every single puppy entered receiving a free puppy pack, sponsored by BETA dog food.

Above: Dusty and Aoife

The winning pup will be chosen based on a combination of their adorable personality, coat and appearance, obedience and any special talents, while the initial rounds of the competition will see communities and customers voting for their favourite puppy proceed to the final stages.

Speaking about the launch of the Puppy of the Year competition, Petmania’s spokesperson, Emily Miller, says: We have loved meeting so many dogs from across the country over the last seven years and it’s great to see just how much these dogs are adored and cared for by their owners. This competition is more than just a contest, it’s a celebration of dogs, the much-loved animals that give us so much comfort and joy and companionship, and often even more than that. It’s a way of Petmania bringing its customers and local communities together to take part in something that is light-hearted and fun and a chance to escape the day-to-day routine.

It was an adorable cockapoo Bambina from Donabate in Dublin who won the much coveted title and according to her owner, Vanessa Ferreira, the Puppy of the Year competition is an experience that won’t be forgotten any time soon and is already planning to enter their new puppy this year.

Above: Jaskier O Raw

We were overjoyed to win and the prizes were greatly appreciated and we have had such a fun year as a brand ambassador for Petmania. A highlight for us was Bambina’s photoshoot which was really enjoyable and has helped create memories that will last a long time in our home. We are grateful to Petmania for the whole experience and would encourage anyone thinking of entering the competition to absolutely get involved, they won’t regret it.”

Petmania has 15 stores across Ireland with over 260 employees and the largest dog grooming business in the country and is set to open its 16th store in Athlone this autumn. See how to enter the Puppy of the Year competition, the latest advice on pet healthcare and to find your local store, visit

Feature photo of adorable cockapoo Bambina from Donabate, winner of last year’s Petmania Puppy of the Year

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