RCMP’s Annual Name the Puppy Contest Seeks Names for 13 Mini K-9s

Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is on a search and they’re asking for help from the public – specifically kids 14 and under.

You see, they have 13 little fluff balls (AKA German Shepherd pups) that were born at their RCMP Police Dog Service Training Centre in Innisfail, Alberta this year and each one of the little critters is going to need a name before he begin the training that will see him join the ranks of national police dog.

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That’s where kids come in. The Name the Pup contest is an annual event and because last year’s names had to begin with the letter “J”, this year kids are being asked to come up with a name that starts with the letter “K”. Hmmm… wonder what they’re going to do when they hit “X, Y and Z”.

Keep in mind these are going to be working police dogs, not pets, so names should reflect a dignity deserving of a K-9 officer.  In other words, ixnay names like KiKi, Kissy, and Kookie!

Contest Rules:

  • Contestants can suggest only one name (one entry per person).
  • The name must start with the letter “K”.
  • The name must have no more than nine (9) letters.
  • The name must be one or two syllables.
  • Contestants must live in Canada and be 14 years old or younger.

The contest closes April 11, with winning submissions announced May 11. The 13 winning names will be chosen by training centre staff and in the event of multiple submissions of the same name, a draw will determine the winning entry. There will be one winner from each province and territory and each of those winners will receive a laminated mug shot of the mini pooch they just named, a plush dog called “Justice” and an official RCMP baseball cap.

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If your name wasn’t chosen for one of the 13 pups don’t be disappointed because it may still be considered for other puppies born during the year. But no loot bag for that!

So kids, whether your thinking cap is a toque, a sombrero, a tam or a turban, get them on and get creative with your submission. Rumor has it that drawings and paintings are always welcome.

Visit the RCMP Name the Puppy site to fill out an online contest form – kids will need their parent’s permission to enter.


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