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Now you can apply as a candidate for the Puppy Germany 2020 contest!

Important Dates:

  • Application phase for candidates will open on 16 March 2020. The deadline for applying is 10 May 2020.
  • The election itself will take place from 17 – 18 July 2020 in Frankfurt am Main during the CSD Weekend.

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

COVID-19 Hinweis

A complete pause in the annual election of Puppy Germany is a possibility.

We are currently planning for the Puppy Germany Election 2020 to take place during the CSD weekend in Frankfurt am Main on July 18, 2020. We continue to invite puppies to apply as candidates.

Should a decison by the CSD Frankfurt e.V. together with the authorities be made for the CSD not to take place (further information is exected mid-April), we will not hold the Puppy Germany Election this year. In this case, the next election will be held in 2021 during the Frankfurt CSD.

We are hoping for a special pride season that will bring the celebrations we need after the current weeks.

What do you need to know?

We ask candidates to be in Frankfurt am Main starting Friday, 17 July 2019 for the Meet & Greet and Candidate Introduction. The “warm up”, so to say, for us all – candidates, jury, organizers und of course friends, the pup community, and the curious. We request candidates to be available from between 17:00 and 23:00 (rough timeframe).

Election day is on Saturday, 18 July 2019. The full schedule and details will be shared with you as they develop. Candidates must be available from between 12:00 and 22:00 (rough timeframe).

We’re planning to use the CSD Frankfurt small stage for the election events. If that makes you nervous, don’t worry, we want to work together with you to make the election happen and will be there to help you through it all. In any case, confidence is an asset.

On Sunday 19 July 2019 we welcome the freshly elected Puppy Germany, fellow candidates, and the community to participate in a farewell brunch and afternoon at the CSD Street Festival. Participation in not mandatory, but we would love to have candidates be available to join from 10:00 to 15:00 (rough timeframe).

How do you become a candidate?

First you have to apply! A registration form is avaialable for you. Applicants (m/w/x) must be at least 18 years old and a resident of Germany. Send the completed application to us by e-mail at puppygermany@gmail.com starting 16 March 2020 and before the registration deadline of 10 May 2019.

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.

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

In this scenario we will hold an online pre-election serveral weeks before the formal 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 online election will be invited to participate in the formal election.

The results from the pre-election will also then flow into the final overall election results. The final results in this scenario will then be composed of 20% from the online vote, 40% from the live public vote at the election, and 40% from the jury vote.

With 4 or fewer applicants, there will still be an online vote closer to the formal election. In this scenario the final election 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 2019 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 20 May 2020 at the latest. Given the COVID-19 situation and uncertainty of the Puppy Germany 2020 election, we are not setting an explicit due date for sending profile media at this time. We will work flexibly with the registered applicants on this matter.

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 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.