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National Dog Day 2017 - August 26

Every dog is somebody’s hero! Let us celebrate and honour man's best friend on Saturday 26th August which officially marks National Dog Day.

National Dog Day started in 2004 and celebrates all breeds: pure and mixed. It recognises the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year and also honours family dogs and service dogs that work selflessly to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. 

Dogs deserve the title of ‘Man’s Best Friend’ for many reasons. They make wonderful companion animals, offering their humans unconditional love and many benefits to their physical and mental health. 

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“Individual health benefits of dog ownership are widely known, and now we know that pet owners save the public health care system in Australia $2 billion annually in reducing the number of visits to healthcare providers¹,” said Lynette Brown, President of Dogs NSW.

As the peak body for all purebred dogs in NSW, Dogs NSW celebrates and honours these amazing and loyal four-legged companions on National Dog Day on August 26. “We celebrate the many ways that dogs enrich the lives of people and make enormous contributions to society,” said Mrs. Brown. 

Dogs also serve in a variety of working roles - from guiding the visually impaired, disabled or suffering from mental illness, to detecting bombs and drugs and locating those lost. Pet dogs also put their lives on the line to protect their families from disasters such as fires, earthquakes, drownings or even intruder attacks, she said.

Sniffer Dog at airport- Photo Credit: Africa Studio

Keep dogs in their homes, where they belong

On National Dog Day, Dogs NSW honours family dogs and working dogs that dedicate their lives to keeping people safe and bringing them comfort. Dogs NSW also highlights to the public the serious problem of dogs being surrendered to shelters, pounds, rescues and purebred clubs every year.

“We need to keep dogs in their homes, where they belong,” said Mrs Brown. “We can help do that by not only choosing a dog that fits into our personal lifestyle and interests, but also choosing a responsible, ANKC-registered breeder who will provide support for the lifetime of the puppy/dog. 

Ask the Breeders stand - 2017 Sydney Dog Lovers Show
“Ethical registered breeders of purebred dogs are invested in the heritage of the breeds and dedicated to producing the next generation of healthy and sound canines. 

“To help stamp out irresponsible breeding, prospective dog owners must educate themselves about the breed, any inherited diseases and recommended health testing for that breed. 

Potential owners should endeavour to work with responsible breeders to ensure they are getting the healthiest and most suitable dog for their lifestyle.”

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¹Healthcare Economics of Pets. July 2017. Commissioned report by Blue Green Economics

About National Dog Day

National Dog Day celebrates all dogs, mixed breed and pure. Celebrated annually on August 26th, National Dog Day was founded in 2004 by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate, Colleen Paige. For more information,

About Dogs NSW

Dogs NSW is the controlling body of purebred, pedigreed dog breeding and exhibiting in New South Wales. As the peak body for dogs in NSW, Dogs NSW promotes responsible dog breeding, showing, obedience, agility, working and sporting dog trials and other canine-related activities, as well as the ownership of temperamentally and physically sound purebred dogs by individuals in NSW.

Dogs NSW has over 10,000 members, with over 300 affiliated breed and kennel clubs throughout NSW. More than 50 of these affiliated clubs conduct dog training classes as a community service in local government areas, normally on a weekly basis. Dogs NSW is a member body of the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC).

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