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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Unleashed and Undercover

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?


During the first scene at the dog show the chihuahua Chloe and her mate Papi from the movie Beverly Hills Chihuahua get a short cameo, with Chloe (noticible by the same voice from the movie and same diamond necklace) having a quick line about talking dog movies not being mainstream anymore. 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 »


Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Fateful Findings (2018) See more »


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Words and Music by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio
Performed by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Used by permission of Claridge Music Company, a division of MPL Music Publishing, Inc.
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company/The Four Seasons Partnership
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Worse movie ever!? Not with as many laughs as this film gives me.
25 May 2018 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

I did not realize that Ludacris was so hard up on money,but apparently like Tyrese Gibson barking on Youtube about being broke, The Fast and Furious Franchise aint paying the brothers enough money so apparently he does need to do this alternative.

Luda plays Max, a tough as nails NYPD dog who teams up with Will Arnett, whose obviously trying to not make Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows his worse movie (He failed cause this movie out shines Turtles 2 100 percent). Together in a not so uncanny buddy cop movie (cause they did do it in Turner and Hooch) they go under cover as dog show contestants to find an animal smuggler.

Realistic, this movie is stupid, that's a given, but what it has going for it is that it knows how stupid it is, and with that knowledge you can't help but to laugh at the dumbness going on.

There are so many points in the movie that are just so foolish, but you can't help but to smirk. It's like Ludacris is taking the role so seriously that the whole thing is...Ludacris (he does the same pun in the film), and I can't help myself.

So yeah, Show Dogs is bad, but it's definitely worth seeing. It will make you laugh!

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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

Gross USA:


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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