Pup Stars: Shortlist announced for the UK’s most musical dogs

Finalists revealed for a competition to find the UK’s most musical dogs, with eight talented pups vying for the public vote to be crowned the ultimate ‘Pup Star’.

Whilst record deals for dogs are few and far between, Canine Cottages have been on the hunt for the UK’s first ‘Pup Star’, where the winner will get the chance to take a dog-friendly break with Canine Cottages to rest their voices, a platinum record to mark the big win, and a whole host of other goodies.

More than 100 four-pawed musical talents applied, from pups who could bark, hum, grunt, sniffle and gurgle a tune to those who are more agile with their paws and could play a musical instrument. Just eight made it into the final and they will be pitted against each other across social media channels in the coming week giving the final power to the public to decide who will be the UK’s first ever Pup Star. The contestants in the running are:

Luna the singing cocker spaniel from Solihull
Upon shortlisting, her humans commented: “We first heard Luna sing by chance on her first Christmas when the song came on the radio. We played it again in case it was a fluke and it wasn’t – she kept singing. And now she does it again and again. Every year this is one of our Christmas traditions now.”

Marcelo the DJing golden retriever from Manchester 
His motto is “RELAX and PAWTY!!!”

Sidney the singing dachshund from Shropshire
His humans said: “Mariah Furry, eat your heart out! This miniature sausage can belt out tunes like no one else before Awooooooo!”

Spud the cocker One dog band from London
Spud’s humans were exceptionally proud, commenting: “Spud’s talent is learning new things for food – so he has loved working on his tambourine bashing, piano plonking, and bell ringing skills in exchange for many a treato!”

Nukie the singing dachshund from the Midlands
Nukie’s humans commented: “We discovered Nukie’s talent singing to the bugle in the Last Post whilst watching the funeral of Prince Philip. It was so emotional to see him pay his respects to the late Prince, with such emotion in his voice. The Last Post is the only song he sings along to; he has also performed this on Remembrance Sunday, showing his respect to soldiers- human and animals- lost in all wars.”

Poppy and Oakley the rescue labradoodle singers and dancers from Glasgow
Poppy and Oakley’s parents added: “Pops has so many tricks up her sleeves and loves to dance along with me and Oakley loves to use his lungs to put his heart and soul into a song – he can’t control himself really when there’s a good tune on! And they are both very much divas!”

Pika the singing miniature poodle from Kent
Pika’s parents said: “Whether it’s Adele, Stevie Wonder or Rihanna, I woof to get a duet started with my human supporting act (aka Daddy!) My signature move is the “ear flop” while I’m performing”

Snowy the Samoyed x Akita bell ringer from Teeside
Snowy woofed about his experience: “I learnt how to ring a bell to If You’re Happy and You Know It… treatos were a good incentive”

You can now place your votes for your favourite across Canine Cottages’ social channels @caninecottages. Voting closes on 27th March 2022. Take a look at the other entrants using #PupStarsUK on Twitter and Instagram. Find out more here: https://www.caninecottages.co.uk/blog/pup-stars-competition