Scoring System

It is our priority to offer a scoring system that is robust, transparent, and fair, in a contest conducted with integrity. The contest uses a points-based system built around fixed criteria. We publish its details in advance, so that everyone knows exactly what is scored, what the judges are looking for, and what is emphasised and sought.

There are no penalties for making mistakes: it's ok to make mistakes, what's important is that the audience gets a good feeling of who you are. There are no points for looks, or body type, or age, or pup type. There are no points for gear. There are no points for appearance at all.

What we are looking for is all inside: it's all about who you are, not what you look like.

There are plenty of fun games and entertaining elements to the contest, because we believe in having fun – after all, it's for pups! And while these elements do count, they do not count for the majority.

Most contest points, and the bulk of the assessment, come from a private interview with our panel of judges. All scoring is positive: points are awarded, never deducted. All interviews are positive also: the judges look for reasons to recognise your talent and award you points. Find out more about how the contest is judged.

If you're joining us as a contestant, we'll tell you everything in advance about what is scored in each contest round. You'll find all of that information here when we release it. That way, you can feel confident in preparing yourself for a fun day at the contest!

Download the full scoring system here.

Part One: Your Puppy Personality

We’re looking for how you present yourself as a pup, your pup identity, how you play as a pup and interact with others, and how much of your personality shines forth when in pup space.

This part of the contest is worth one-fifth of your overall score. Your presentation to the audience is worth 5%, the Obedience School round is worth 5%, and the Puppy Mosh is worth 10%.

Part Two: Your Role In The Community

We’re looking for how you present yourself as a leader, your likability, your charisma, and your motivation for joining the contest and aspiring to be Mr Puppy UK. We’re particularly looking to discuss the vision you have for yourself as a title holder, what you would like to offer the community, and how you would like to contribute.

Progression from Part One to the interview stage at Part Two is for the ten highest-scoring contestants based on your total scores from Part One.

This part of the contest is worth three-fifths of your overall score. The audience vote is worth 10%, and the interview is worth 50%. Please take note that the interview is the most important component of the contest.

Part Three: Your Stage Presence

We’re looking for your confidence, your stage presence, how well you can hold and entertain an audience, and how you project yourself publicly and at the centre of attention.

Progression from Part Two to the performance stage at Part Three is for the five highest-scoring contestants based on your total scores from Parts One and Two.

This part of the contest is worth one-fifth of your overall score. Your performance is the only component of this part, and is therefore worth 20%.

Tie Breaks

The tie break procedure for progression to Part Two is to take the higher scoring contestant from the Puppy Mosh round.

The tie break procedure for progression to Part Three is to take the higher scoring contestant from the Interview round.

The tie break procedure for any of the top placement prizes is to take the higher scoring contestant from the Interview round, and if this still produces a tie then to take the higher scoring contestant from the audience vote.

Only in the event that these these procedures still fail to break a tie will the Head Judge intervene and make a decision, which is final.

Find out more about The Contest.