'America's Top Dog': Release date, plot, trailer and all you need to know about A&E's K9 competition series

The series features four police K9 teams that will compete with one civilian teams and the winner takes home a cash price and money for a charity of their choice

                            'America's Top Dog': Release date, plot, trailer and all you need to know about A&E's K9 competition series
A contestant on America's Top Dog (A&E)

Dogs can have the mad skills of ninja warriors. Don't believe us? Just catch the canine competitors on A&E's 'America's Top Dog' to believe it. From cute little pets to police dogs, these furry athletes will compete with each other to win a specially designed obstacle course, crowing and showcasing the months of training and commitment they've put in along with their trainers.

Here's everything you need to know about the A&E show.

Release date and where to watch

'America's Top Dog' premieres on January 8 at 9 pm ET/PT. You can watch it on A&E.


The series will have one-hour episodes and will feature four police K9 teams that will compete with one non-police, civilian team for three rounds. In each round, they will be presented with a series of expert tasks to be performed through an obstacle course — and the teams will be tested on their speed, agility, scenting ability and teamwork. 

Some of the challenges also include navigating through a maze for scented items and taking down suspects in bite suits. The one who completes the task with the highest scores will be the top dog and win $10,000 and an additional $5,000 to donate to the animal charity of their choice.

The top athletes will return to the finale course to battle for the title of America’s Top Dog and an additional $25,000 cash prize. 


The show is created by MGM’s Big Fish Entertainment and A&E Network. A&E holds worldwide distribution rights for the series.


Curt Menefee

Curt Menefee (A&E)

Menefee is an award-winning veteran studio and game broadcaster who currently co-hosts 'Fox NFL Sunday' along with 'The OT'. He is also the play-by-play commentator for Seattle Seahawks preseason football. 

Nick White

Nick White (A&E)

White is an expert dog trainer who is a former US Marine and former member of the Secret Service with years of experience working with K9s as well as the owner of a dog training company. White also published a book on the topic, 'Raising the Perfect Dog: Secrets of Law Enforcement K9 Trainers'. 


A&E has released a minute-long teaser for the series. 

It calls it the "ultimate canine competition", as extremely adorable dogs are seen running through mazes and jumping over walls, among other things. The dogs appear to be very focused and super well trained, nabbing men in bite suits like no big deal.


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