Dogs of all ages, shapes, sizes and personalities are invited to compete on November 16, 2016 for the coveted title of Portland's Next TopDog Model. This fun annual event is a benefit for OHS.

Who Will Be Portland’s Next TopDog Model?

Does your dog have what it takes to be Portland’s Next TopDog Model?! We are celebrating the tenth anniversary of this fun benefit event with the theme—Paris!

About the Event

Apply_buttonApplications are now open! Applications due by November 4 at noon. Here are the steps for your dog to compete:

  1. Pay the $25 entry fee online here »
  2. Upon receipt of payment, you’ll receive the link & password to the online application via email.
  3. Visit the link, answer a few questions and share two of your dog’s best photos!
  4. You’ll be emailed info about the People’s Choice portion of the contest, where you can submit a photo to be entered for the People’s Choice voting.
  5. Finalists will be notified no later than November 10. All finalists and their friends, families and fans are invited to the big finale gala at Hotel Monaco on Nov. 16!

Canine contestants are divided into two categories: small dogs (under 30 pounds) and large dogs (30 pounds and over).

Note: Dogs over six months of age must be spayed or neutered to participate.

Judges will select nine small dog finalists and nine large dog finalists from the entries received. This year, we will also have six People’s Choice finalists: three in each category. The People’s Choice finalists will be selected by popular online vote and will round out the total 12 finalists in the Large and Small Dog categories. The finalists are invited to attend a special event at the Hotel Monaco on Nov. 16 to strut their stuff and compete for the title in a live showcase before the judges and audience.

The public is invited to attend the gala finale and cheer on their favorite contestants as they compete for the title. There will be cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a fabulous raffle and plenty of fun. See photos from past events here »

Finale Gala at Hotel Monaco

The tenth annual Portland’s Next TopDog Model contest is presented by LexiDog Boutique and Social Club and the Hotel Monaco to benefit OHS.

Tickets: Tickets will be available for online purchase in November – stay tuned! Note: this event is usually sold out/standing room only. Finalists do not need to purchase tickets for themselves/their human handlers.

Where: Hotel Monaco, 506 SW Washington at Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204, (503) 222-0001

When: Nov. 16, 2016 from 6-9 pm (cocktail hour at 5 pm)

What: Watch the finalists compete for the title! The dogs will strut their stuff on the runway in front of our judges and adoring audience. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails available. All proceeds benefit the pets at OHS.

Social: Tag your posts #PNTDM16 and get on our social feed!

Dates and Details

September 26: Online applications available
There is a $25 application fee, and once that is paid, you’ll receive the link to the online application.

November 4: Application deadline
All TopDog Model applications are due by NOON on Nov. 4.

November 16: Portland’s Next TopDog Model Gala, 6-9 pm
The main event! Cheer on your favorite contestants and watch them work the runway. A cocktail hour will begin at 5 pm to allow guests to mingle before the event. Tickets for the finale gala will go on sale in November.

Prizes, Titles, and More for the Winners

All finalists will receive gift packages valued at over $100.

The two dogs named “Portland’s Next TopDog Model” will win prize packages with goodies valued at over $1,000 and a stay at Hotel Monaco.

Two Fan Favorites selected by the audience from the participants will also receive prize baskets valued at $500.

Panel of Judges

OHS welcomes back our experienced panel of judges (and entertainers themselves):

Mitch Elliott, host on 105.1 The Buzz
Helen Raptis, host on KATU Channel 2
Byron Beck, Portland Journalist and Blogger
Kimberly Maus, anchor on FOX 12 News
Sheryl Stewart, host on 105.1 The Buzz
Poison Waters, entertainer and co-host at Darcelle XV

Emcee: Andy Carson, host on FOX 12 Oregon


If you have questions about the event or application process, please email the OHS Events Team »

Be a Sponsor

If your business would like to help with this event, we welcome your support! Sponsorship packet »

Photos & Media from 2015

Congratulations to Amber Rose and Yogi! They are the winners of the Large Dog and Small Dog categories, respectively. Amber Rose and Yogi won prize packages with goodies valued at over $1,000 and a stay at Hotel Monaco. The Fan Favorites, selected by audience vote, were Gus (Large Dog) and Guinness (Small Dog).

Additional photos by ImageM Studios here and here » — Story on the event and featuring one of the finalists in the Oregonian »