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Show Dogs (2018)

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Max, a macho, solitary Rottweiler police dog is ordered to go undercover as a primped show dog in a prestigious Dog Show, along with his human partner, to avert a disaster from happening.


Raja Gosnell
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Arnett ... Frank
Ludacris ... Max (voice) (as Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges)
Natasha Lyonne ... Mattie
Stanley Tucci ... Philippe (voice)
Jordin Sparks Thomas ... Daisy (voice) (as Jordin Sparks)
Gabriel Iglesias ... Sprinkles (voice) (as Gabriel 'Fluffy' Iglesias)
Shaquille O'Neal ... Karma (voice)
Alan Cumming ... Dante (voice)
Omar Chaparro ... Señor Gabriel
Anders Holm ... Pigeon 1 (voice)
Kate Micucci ... Pigeon 2 (voice)
Blake Anderson ... Pigeon 3 (voice)
RuPaul ... Persephone (voice)
Andy Beckwith ... Berne
Oliver Tompsett Oliver Tompsett ... Chauncey


In a world where humans and anthropomorphic animals, e.g. talking dogs co-exist, a macho but lonely Rottweiler police dog named Max is ordered to go undercover as a primped show dog in a prestigious dog show with his human partner Frank (Will Arnett) to stop an animal-smuggling scheme that is using the dog show as a front. When Max finds out the criminals are planning to sell Ling-Li, a baby giant panda, at the upcoming Canini Invitational dog show in Las Vegas, he's forced to go undercover as an entrant accompanied by Frank posing as his trainer..

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for suggestive and rude humor, language and some action. | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


One of the two credited screenwriters, Max Bodkin, claims that the film was heavily rewritten by the other credited writer Marc Hyman and 12 uncredited writers. See more »


When max is taxiing the aircraft inside the hangar, he is shown turning the control yoke to change directions. Doing this only moves the ailerons, which is not connected to the steering at all. The rudder pedals, along with differential braking and differential power from the engines, are what turn the nose of the aircraft during taxi. See more »


Philippe: Who says police-work and pampering can't go paw-in-paw?
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Crazy Credits

Credits contain supposed "bloopers", many of which involve computer-generated characters messing up. See more »

Alternate Versions

Two scenes were cut upon the second week of its US theatrical release - these edits also apply to the home release. After receiving complaints, presenter/distributor, Global Road Entertainment deemed them inappropriate for children. They concerned the subplot of Max having to have his testicles touched by the show judges. However, all UK (and therefore Irish) releases are uncut with the same PG rating - according to the BBFC, this is because the controversial scenes are "entirely innocent, non-sexual and occur within the clear context of preparation for and judging in a dog show". See more »


Hip Hop Hooray
Written by Vin Rock (as Vincent 'Vinnie' Brown), DJ Kay Gee (as Keir 'Kaygee' Gist), Anthony 'Treach' Criss (as Anthony Shawn 'Treach' Criss), Ernie Isley, Marvin Isley, O'Kelly Isley, Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley and Chris Jasper (as Christopher H. Jasper)
Performed by Naughty By Nature
Courtesy of Tommy Boy Music, Inc.
WB Music Corp (ASCAP) and Naughty Music (ASCAP)
All rights adnimistered by WB Music Corp
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A little bit of doggie humour for everyone
27 May 2018 | by Fudge-3See all my reviews

Max, an NYPDog, must go undercover in a Dog Show to bring a gang of animal smugglers to justice. He gets partnered with an incompetent FBI agent as his handler.

Yep - it's another live action, talking dogs movie where the animals (and most of the women) are a lot smarter than the men. There are enough laughs in it to keep both the children and the parents amused. It does make fun of itself too. Most of the other user reviews are highly polarised between 1s and 10s but I think the truth is in between.

There were news articles around at launch time that two scenes were going to be cut because they might, 'normalise groping.' When I watched the movie in the UK well after launch those scenes seemed to be still in it. In a dog show a vet will check all the animal's assets from teeth to tail and Max has to stay calm while the medic confirms that he's still got his nuts. The movie, 'Best in Show,' has the same gag and I don't think children will necessarily understand why it's funny. So; something else for you parents to explain, but hey: you're used to that.

I liked: the animation, the cute pooches, the tiger and the out-takes at the end. I didn't like: The pigeons plus there are parts of the movie that have some extremely tight editing, the dialogue is too fast and any joke is thrown away.

If you're a dog person add 1 point. If you're a cat person subtract 2 points.

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Release Date:

18 May 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Show Dogs See more »

Filming Locations:

Cardiff, Wales, UK See more »


Box Office


$5,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,023,972, 20 May 2018

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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