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Candidacy – 2024

The first preparations for a Puppy Germany election are made by the team in the autumn of the previous year. Persons who are interested in candidacy can read the information in “Candidate 2023” for orientation. These are updated every year and do not apply to the 2024 candidacy. An application phase usually lasts 8 weeks and opens in March 2024. Detailed information will be announced on the homepage and social media platforms in due course. Follow us on social media!

Candidacy – 2023 CLOSED

Important Dates:

  • Application phase for candidates will open on 5 March 2023. The deadline for applying is 30 April 2023.
  • Candidate profile related media must be provided by 7 May 2023 at the lastest.
  • The election itself took place during the Pet Play Weekend on July 1st 2023.
  • See our election rules

If you are interested in becoming a candidate, please read all the information below and if you have questions, contact us.

What do you need to know

We ask candidates to be in Munich starting Friday evening, 30 June 2023 for the “Big Feast” with the Candidates. The “warm up”, so to say, for us all – candidates, jury, organizers und of course friends, the pup community, and the curious. After that we will join the Pub Pet Crawl. We request candidates to be available from between 18:30 and 23:00. Participation at the “Big Feast & Pet Pub Crawl” is not mandatory, but we would love to have you there.

On Saturday, 1 July 2023 a jury interview will take place. Therefore the candidates should be available on this day (scheduled for 14:00 – 16:00 o’clock). The jury interview is mandatory.

The election itself is on Saturday, 1 July 2023. 18:00 – 21:00 o’clock. The election event is mandatory. Candidates must be available from between 13:00 and 22:00. 

After the election we welcome the freshly elected Puppy Germany, fellow candidates, and the community to celebrate at the After Party. Attending the party in not mandatory, but we would love to have you join us. Entrance to the party is of course free for all candidates.

How do you become a candidate?

First you have to apply via application form. Form is only available in German language. Please contact us for assistance by e-mail puppygermany@gmail.com.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and a resident of Germany. Applications phase is starting 5 March 2023 and will end with registration deadline of 30 April 2023.

Application Form is available here.

To keep the election manageable, we have decided to limit the number of candidates to 3 or 4 puppies. At up to 4 applicants, all applicants will be invited to participate as candidates. At 5 applicants or more, we will limit the number of candidates to 3 puppies.

If the number of candidates falls below 2 following the registration deadline and before the election, the Puppy Germany Committee reserves the right to invite additional applicants.

How will the candidates be selected should 5 or more applicants apply?

In this scenario we will hold an separate online pre-election serveral weeks before the formal online election. All applicants who have sent in their application prior to the registration dealine will be invited to participate in the online pre-election. The 3 puppies who receive the most votes in the will be invited to participate in the further formal election process.

The final results will be composed of 33.3% from the online vote, 33.3% from the live public vote at the election, and 33.3% from the jury vote.

We aware of the respective strengths and weaknesses as well as pros and cons here and have agreed on this approach to try to balance these concerns.

You only understand “Ball”?

No worries! We won’t leave you hanging! We’re ready to answer your questions, advise you and explain all the details to each applicant. You can appoach any of the oganisiers or reach out to us via our social media platforms!


Shortly after the deadline for Puppy Germany 2023 applicants, we will be posting online profiles of all registered applicants on our homepage. To do this, we need your help! 

What we need from you

  1. 1-2 headshot photos
  2. 2-3 free form photos
  3. 150-200 word profile text
  4. Links to your social media accounts
  5. Video profile

Put effort into the quality and content of the text, photos and videos you provide. For the online vote, these profiles may be the publics’ only chance to learn about you and make a decision on you as a candidate!

We know producing a video may sound daunting! Our goal isn’t to make this hard for you! We want to help the community, especially those not able to attend the election, get a full impression of you. A video shows off your personality in a way that pictures or text can’t!

Should you have concerns or question we are here to help. Putting on the election is a combined effort between us all. Don’t hesitate to contact us and provide feedback!

Here you can see an example profile from last year (without Video due to expired music streaming rights).

The above items must be provided by 7 May 2023 at the lastest.

If you have applied early, you do not need to wait until the submission deadline! Please send each of the individual items as soon as you have them ready. This gives us more time to work with you in editing and preparing your online profile — this will be to your benefit. You can send us updates and edits until the deadline.

Here is some guidance:


Here are some guidlines on the content we would like to work with you to prepare.

  1. Headshot photos
    1. You may decide whether you wish to have a photo of you without mask, or only with mask.
    2. If you provide multiple photos, we will choose from among those you provide.
    3. At least 1200 pixels in one dimension (either wide or tall).
  2. Free form photos
    1. Choose photos that express yourself and the impression you want to make.
    2. Do not provide photos that include any other individuals in the photo.
    3. Do not provide any sexually explicit photos.
    4. At least 1200 pixels in one dimension (either wide or tall).
  3. 150-200 Word Profile Text
    1. Topics you may wish to address:
      1. Who you are as a pup?
      2. Why you became a candidate?
      3. What you hope to achieve as Puppy Germany?
      4. Why people should support you?
    2. If possible, please provide an English translation (we have a native speaker on the team who will edit and correct your translation).
  4. Social Media Links
    1. You may include links to personal web sites or social media accounts that belong to you personally and that you wish to share.
    2. We can only link to accounts that allow public access.
    3. You may wish to set up accounts for your pup persona separate from your private accounts.
  5. Video
    1. Your presentation should be approximately 90 seconds long (not longer than 2 minutes).
    2. Be creative and show your personality! Make yourself standout!
    3. You may decide whether you wish to appear with or without a mask.
    4. If you speak in the video while wearing a mask, ensure you can be clearly understood.
    5. The video may contain music of your choosing.
    6. We recommend a video in landscape orientation.
    7. At least a resolution of 720p HD, in a common format, preferrably mp4.
    8. If other individuals appear in the video, we need a signed media release from those individuals.