THE Northern Echo has teamed up with Durham Animal Feeds to showcase and reward our readers' beloved four-legged friends.

Whether it's a cute chihuahua, a characterful cocker or a busy border collie, send us an adorable snap and you could be in the running to receive some fantastic prizes from Durham Animal Feeds.

There are three categories in the Love Your Dog competition; Cutest puppy (0-9 months) Canines with character (9 months +) and Working dogs (guide, PAT, assistance dogs), with a panel of judges ready to pick, a first, second and third place within each category.

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Each category winner will receive six months supply of Durham Animal Feeds dog food for one canine, while second and third prize winners will receive a £50 and £25 voucher respectively.

Durham Animal Feeds partner Peter Hornsby said he was looking forward to getting the North-East community involved in the competition and seeing the diversity of dogs the region has to offer.

He said: "All of us at Durham Animal Feeds are passionate about dogs and I'm sure there are many Northern Echo readers out there who are equally passionate about their four-legged friends.

"We love working with the local community and are passionate about the North-East, so we're delighted to be offering local people the chance to win these great prizes.

"Good luck!"