Our third version of the Cutest Pets in Dallas competition was as tough as ever. We invited our readers to submit their beloved pets for consideration. A full 1,000 did so.
There were dogs in tutus, cats in hats, purebreds in purses, and mutts in mud puddles. There were pets with special skills, like service dogs and therapy animals, and pets with no skills at all, except for stealing table scraps and shredding socks. And this year, we received dozens of exotic entrants, like pigs, turtles, goats, snakes, birds, and horses.
Finally, after three weeks of voting, the results are in.
Our Top 20 includes 16 dogs and four cats. (Good work, cats! Last year, the top 20 consisted of all dogs and a single bunny.)
Some of the top pups are young, like Leon the six-month-old Samoyed. Others are seniors, like sweet T-Bone the 14-year-old Shih Tzu. A few are big, like Sophia the black lab, and some are teeny-tiny, like Mulligan the four-pound Pomeranian. The cats, too, vary in size, shape, and color, from Uno the one-eyed kitten to Boots the black-and-white Manx.
On Tuesday, June 30, we’ll announce the Reader’s Choice winner and the Judges’ Pick winner. Until then, we’re keeping the Top 20’s rankings under wraps. You can check out the competitors below, listed alphabetically.
Congratulations, Top 20! You’re all winners in my eyes.
Breed: SalukiAge: 1.5 YearsHangouts: White Rock Lake and Lucky Dog Barkery
Breed: CockapooAge: 2 YearsHobby: Benny likes to walk on Katy Trail and steal socks.
Breed: MuttAge: 3 YearsLikes: Toilet paper rolls, socks, car rides.Dislikes: Toaster ovens, orange traffic cones.
Breed: ManxAge: 5 YearsSpecial Skills: Boots is learning to jump through hoops and walk on a leash. On the weekends, he goes sailing with his owner.
Breed: Mini Australian ShepherdAge: 5 YearsSpecial Skills: Bourbon knows how to sit, lay down, shake, high five, beg, dance, roll over, play dead, and take a bow.
Breed: PomeranianAge: 7 YearsFavorite Food: Says Brooklyn’s owner, “Brooklyn is a carnivore. She likes meat. All kinds of meat. She does not discriminate.”
Breed: Standard PoodleAge: 4 YearsFavorite Sports Team: On game days, Cooper wears a custom Cowboys jersey with his name on the back.
Breed: Toy Fox TerrierAge: 10 YearsRelationship Status: Dexter has a long-distance girlfriend, Trinket, who lives in Canada.
Breed: MixedAge: 14 YearsHobby: Hunter loves watching planes and cars from the windows of his high-rise home.
Breed: SamoyedAge: 6 MonthsFavorite Way to Beat the Heat: Splashing in a kiddie pool or napping in an empty bathtub.
Breed: PugAge: 1 YearHobby: Louis likes to play at the dog park, nap, and chew his owners’ belongings.
Breed: Chinese CrestedAge: 8 YearsDaily Routine: Monti always accompanies his owner to work.
Breed: PomeranianAge: 4 YearsFun Fact: Mulligan weighs just 4 pounds.
Breed: Silky Terrier / PekingeseAge: 8 YearsHobby: Sailor loves going for walks, getting the mail, and playing tug-of-war.
Breed: Labrador RetrieverAge: 3 YearsRescue Story: During Hurricane Harvey, Sophia’s owner spotted her swimming out of the floodwaters.
Breed: Domestic ShorthairAge: 3 YearsPersonality: Says Sherlock’s owner, “He’s loud, he’s proud, but he still emulates the grace and ostentation of the bourgeoisie. He’s a true Uptown feline.”
Breed: Shih Tzu mixAge: 14+ YearsFavorite Things: Belly rubs and squeaky toys.
Breed: Domestic Shorthair / Grey TabbyAge: 1 YearFavorite Foods: Cardboard boxes and fish.
Breed: GoldendoodleAge: 5 YearsHobby: Waffles enjoys playing ball, learning tricks, and hanging out with the family cat, Izzy.
Breed: DachshundAge: 6 YearsSpecial Skills: Willie has competed in dachshund races.