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Sydney Dog Lovers Festival 2023

Sydney's two-day dog expo is back — and so is its dedicated puppy patting zone.
By Concrete Playground
May 29, 2023
By Concrete Playground
May 29, 2023

Birds chirp, rainbows form and the sun shines a little brighter when the Sydney Dog Lovers Festival comes around. And in 2023, it's returning for another year of pats, licks and parades on the weekend of Saturday, August 26–Sunday, August 27. Once again, it'll take place at Sydney Showgrounds — and yes, the dedicated puppy cuddle zone is returning.

The Sydney Dog Lovers Festival will see thousands of dedicated pooch fans celebrating the noble four-legged monarch of human companionship. There'll be dozens of furry friends available for adoption from dozens rescue groups across NSW in the adoption zone, where you can learn up on what's actually involved with the process. Plus, DockDogs will be back, featuring a competitive long jump and high jump for talented dogs who want to flop into a pool of water. Dogs, amiright?

But hold up — you came here to cuddle pooches. We're getting there. Punters can make their way to the Pat-a-Pooch zone to cuddle up to a wide range of Australia's most loveable and popular breeds from puppy to adult dogs — we're talking uppity dachshunds to fluffball samoyeds. This has undeniably been the main attraction of previous year's events, and gives kitten cafes a run for their money.

There's plenty more happening over the two days of furry friended fun, including appearances from celebrity vet Dr Katrina Warren. Not sure which type of pooch is perfect for you? Sign up to find your pawfect match, at sessions where you'll be paired with your ultimate dog breed. Already found your tail-waggin' soulmate? Get some expert tips on training, behaviour, first-aid and nutrition in handy seminars.

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