Mr Puppy UK is not elected during a beauty pageant, or a talent show, or a Crufts demonstration. He is elected through a friendly competition that evaluates leadership, charisma, motivation, willingness to serve, and ability to work with and inspire others.
The Wruff Stuff Mr Puppy UK 2018 Contest is a friendly points-based competition. Each contest round earns contestants points, based on fixed criteria. All scoring is positive, and each contest round is weighted differently according to its relative significance.
Find out more about the scoring system.
The contest is judged by a panel of title holders and leading figures in the community, each carefully chosen and invited to join the panel. Each judge's scores are weighted equally. They lend their experience, wisdom, and insight to the election, and they also represent that it is the community – not the organisers or sponsors – that legitimises the title, and that it is the community which the title holder serves. The Head Judge in charge of the panel is from the Mr Puppy Team, but does not assign scores and is officially neutral, and neither the Mr Puppy Team nor the sponsors have any input into how contestants are adjudicated.
There is one component of the contest which is open to the audience: each ticketed guest will be given the chance to vote for the pup of their choice. This will count towards the contest result itself, and also towards an additional prize at the end. This way, the pups themselves will help elect the third Mr Puppy UK!