Dogs of all ages, shapes, sizes and personalities were invited to compete on November 19, 2015 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?

The theme this year was Hollywood Stars. The finale gala took place at Hotel Monaco Portland on November 19, in front of a live audience and a panel of local celebrity judges. The canine finalists took turns on the red carpet, showing off their unique style, talents, amazing stories, and star qualities.

Introducing Portland’s Next TopDog Models

Congratulations to Amber Rose and Yogi! They are the winners of the Large Dog and Small Dog categories, respectively. The top three Large Dog finalists were Amber Rose, Hudson and Wookie Bear, while the top three Small Dog finalists were Maggie R., Poppy D Pirate and Yogi. 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). Every single dog is amazing, and OHS thanks everyone who entered for supporting the shelter pets by entering this fun contest. All finalists received gift baskets of treats, toys and more.

More Photos & Media

Additional photos by ImageM Studios here and here »

Story on the event and featuring one of the finalists in the Oregonian »

Meet the Finalists

On November 10, a panel of community judges met and deliberated over 150 TopDog Model applications. Narrowing the field to 12 Large Dog and 12 Small Dog finalists is never an easy task, but after much deliberation, here are your finalists! They represent a variety of breeds/mixes, personalities, ages, and more, and all submitted creative applications. At the finale event (tickets available at the door) the audience gets to determine their two Fan Favorites, so be sure to attend and support your favorite pup!


Burt Usher – Terrier/poodle mix, 9 y/o
Dolly – Chihuahua mix, 8 y/o
Guinness – Corgi/Keeshond mix, 7 y/o
Honey – Cocker spaniel/Chihuahua mix, ~3 y/o
Koro – Parson Russell terrier, 8 y/o
Lucy – Dachshund, 2 y/o
Maggie Mae – Cairn terrier mix, 14 y/o
Maggie R. – American Eskimo dog/shih tzu, ~3 y/o
Poppy D Pirate – fox/bat/werewolf/Chihuahua/pit bull/unicorn mix (marvelous mutt), 1 y/o
Sophie – Chiweenie (Chihuahua/Dachshund mix), 8 y/o
Yogi – Pugeranian (Pomeranian/pug mix), 8 y/o
Zorro – Whippet, 3 y/o


Amber Rose – Golden retriever, 12 y/o
Charli Rose – Labradoodle, 8 y/o
Freya – Bernese mountain dog, 4 y/o
Gretchen – Basenji/German shepherd/shelter mutt, 4 y/o
Gus – Sheepadoodle (old English sheepdog/poodle mix), 2 y/o
Heidi – German shepherd, 2 y/o
Hudson – Weimaraner/pit bull mix, 3 y/o
Makena – Catahoula leopard dog/Labrador/mastiff mix, 2.5 y/o
CPO Ned Plimpton – Beautiful mystery mutt, 2 y/o
Sadie – husky/golden retriever mix, 3 y/o
Sidney – Labrador mix, 8 y/o
Wookie Bear – French Briard, 10 y/o

Finale Gala at Hotel Monaco

TicketsTickets: Online presale now closed; tickets available at the door. Note: this event is usually sold out/standing room only!

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

When: Nov. 19, 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.

Who Benefits: All proceeds from the contest and event to go help the animals at OHS.

Social: Tag your posts #PNTDM and get in on our social feed! Facebook users, you can put this on your calendar and join the event here »

About the Event

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 12 small dog finalists and 12 large dog finalists from the entries received. The finalists are invited to attend a special event at the Hotel Monaco on November 19 to compete for the title.

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

The public is invited to attend the gala judging finale and cheer on their favorite contestants. There will be cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a fabulous raffle and plenty of fun. See photos from last year’s event here »

Dates and Details

September 10: Online applications available
There is a $25 application fee, and once that is paid, you’ll receive the link to the online application.

November 3: Application deadline
All TopDog Model applications are due by NOON on Nov. 3.

November 19: 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.


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