National Puppy Day – March 23, 2020

Mon Mar 23

Prepare yourselves for an overdose of cuteness, because March 23 is National Puppy Day! Established in 2006, National Puppy Day is a paw-some day for all dog enthusiasts to celebrate unconditional love and fawn over the undeniably cute furballs that bring so much happiness into this world. While we’re all softies when it comes to our four-legged friends, today is also designed to raise awareness about puppy mills and help prospective pet owners consider adoption.

History of National Puppy Day

Founder, Colleen Paige’s mission is to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year. It’s also an excellent opportunity to show off your dog’s supermodel side and give them some extra cuddles for all the joy they bring. So sit back and indulge in the endless stream of adorable puppy photos, but keep in mind that today might be the best excuse to bring home your own fluffy canine as your next best friend!

Colleen Paige first brought adoption awareness to a national level with National Dog Day in 2004, which was later adopted by the New York State Legislature in 2013. This day is celebrated on August 26 and is the day Colleen adopted her first dog, “Sheltie” when she was 10 years old. Since then, Colleen has inspired millions with her compassion and has brought worldwide attention to animals in need. She has shone a light on dogs putting their lives on the line every day for personal protection, for law enforcement, for the disabled, for our freedom, and for our safety. 

National Puppy Day and National Dog Day are now great opportunities to adopt a dog because shelters typically have the highest intake of dogs around summertime. With 30 to 40 animals entering the shelter daily, we need public support to help save lives, and these national holidays do just that — by encouraging and reminding people to adopt, donate, and love their animals more every year.

National Puppy Day timeline

1894
Poker

The Dogs Playing Poker Oil Painting by Cassius Coolidge was created.

1921
Laddie Boy in the White House

President Harding’s “Laddie Boy” becomes the White House’s “First Dog”

1943
UnFur-getable MGM

Hollywood gets its first glimpse at Lassie with “Lassie, Come Home.”

1950
Snoopy Hits the Page

Snoopy makes his first comic strip appearance.

2004
First Celebration of National Dog Day

Colleen Paige successfully created the world's first holiday to celebrate all the great things dogs do for us and to promote adoption.

National Puppy Day Media Coverage

National Puppy Day — WLEX (Lexington, KY)
National Puppy Day — KMAX (Sacramento, CA)
National Puppy Day — WTKR (Norfolk, VA)

National Puppy Day FAQs

What do you do on National Puppy Day?

Plenty! Play with your dog, have a photoshoot, enjoy a spa day. If you don’t have a pup, maybe it’s time you consider getting one!

What day is National Puppy Day in Canada?

National Puppy day is on March 23 anywhere you want to celebrate it!

What is considered a puppy?

Though they’ll always be puppies in our hearts, in general puppies become adults after they reach a year or two of age.

National Puppy Day Activities

  1. Teach your pup a new trick

    At their young age, puppies are always open to new things and teaching a trick can be a great learning experience for both of you. Activities like these can help further develop your puppy's social skills and even strengthen your companionship — your pup will enjoy the extra treats along the way too!

  2. Pamper your pup

    Sometimes your pup is worthy of a 5-star spa treatment. Start with a bubble bath and end with a grooming session to bring out their baby soft coat. An extra belly rub can't hurt too — your pooch will be sure to thank you later!

  3. Look at photos and videos of adorable puppies

    Puppies are often the best medicine, no matter your state of mind. There are so many you might be at it for a while.

Take The National Puppy Day Quiz

5 Im-PAWS-ible Puppy Facts

  1. Jolly Green Puppy

    In rare cases, the fur of a light-haired puppy can get temporarily stained by a green pigment in the mother’s placenta, making them appear green at first.

  2. The Tiniest Tea-cup

    According to Guinness World Records, the smallest puppy in the world was a Chihuahua named Milly, measuring as an adult at 3.8 inches tall.

  3. Bilboa’s Botanic Puppy

    Since its opening in 1997, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilboa, Spain has been home to a 40-foot tall puppy statue adorn with 37,000 flowers.

  4. Spotless Puppies

    Dalmatian puppies are born without any spots and instead accrue them over time.

  5. Sleepy Puppy

    Though their energy picks up pretty fast, much like human’s newborn puppies sleep on average of 15-20 hours a day.

Why We Love National Puppy Day

  1. They're Great Listeners

    Puppies are a judge-free, guilt-free zone. No matter how big or how small the problem, they're always there to comfort and lick your problems away.

  2. They Sniff Out Health Problems

    Studies show that babies raised in close contact with a puppy get sick less often than those who aren't. Not only do they help build up our immune system against allergens but their strong sense of empathy promotes a stress-free, nurturing environment. Puppies can help shed and sniff your way to better health.

  3. They Keep Us Active and Stress-Free

    Let's face it, puppies can be a handful, but chasing them has surprising health benefits. They keep us constantly exercising, which helps reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Who knew puppies could help us revamp our workout routine?

National Puppy Day dates

YearDateDay
2020March 23Monday
2021March 23Tuesday
2022March 23Wednesday
2023March 23Thursday
2024March 23Saturday

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