National Dawg Day

Young woman playing fetch with a happy dog at a vibrant dog park, wearing comfortable activewear, outdoors in a sunny, green park setting..
National dawg day illustration

Grab your favorite pooch and your friendly bark-lingo, folks. It's time to celebrate National Dawg Day, the day when the entire internet gets together to honor our furry friends – and I'm not talking about your Uncle Bob who needs to shave more often. Step into the world where 'dawg' is not just a mispronounced 'dog', but an adorable social media trend.

When is Dawg Day?

It's national dawg day on the 27th August.

A Tale Tail Worth Wagging

First recorded peek of National Dawg Day on the internet was seen in 2015. A total of 5852 mentions online lit up the web like a lots of shiny dog collars twinkling under the city lights. August 27, 2015, was the peak of the celebration, with thousands coming together in virtual companionship, sharing snaps, stories, and good vibes about their favorite dawgs.

So, What Exactly is a Dawg?

Some might say 'dawg' is just 'dog' spelt by someone who didn't pay attention in school. But let me assure you, those people are barking up the wrong tree. In the world of social media, a 'dawg' is an affectionate term for your favorite canine pal, sometimes even extending to our human buddies, particularly amongst the hip-hop community. We say, if Snoop can be a dawg, then your adorable golden retriever certainly can!

Giving Due Importance to the Dawgs

National Dawg Day is all about celebrating the love and joy our canine companions bring into our lives. This is the day when social media feeds are overrun with pictures of dawgs - big dawgs, little dawgs, dawgs in cute outfits, and even dawgs trying to eat peanut butter. It's a tail (or should I say tale?) as old as time, the friendship between humans and their dogs, but National Dawg Day gives it a fresh, fun expression.

History behind the term 'Dawg'


The Birth of Dawg

The term 'dawg' emerged in African American Vernacular English (AAVE) during the 1980s. It originated as a colloquialism for the word 'dog,' used to refer to a close friend or buddy. This term reflected the strong sense of camaraderie and kinship within the African American community. 'Dawg' became an endearing way to address someone you had a special bond with.


Hip Hop Influence

During the 1990s, 'dawg' gained widespread recognition and popularity through hip hop culture. Rapper Snoop Dogg, known for his distinctive West Coast style, heavily used the term 'dawg' in his lyrics and as part of his personal branding. Snoop Dogg's charisma and influence helped to bring the term into the mainstream. It became a signature phrase associated with the laid-back, cool attitude of the hip hop scene.


Dawg in Pop Culture

In the 2000s, 'dawg' continued to penetrate various forms of pop culture. The term became widely used by American Idol judge Randy Jackson, who affectionately referred to contestants and colleagues as 'dawg.' His catchphrase and distinctive usage popularized 'dawg' even further, reaching a broad audience and establishing it as a term of camaraderie and friendliness.

Present Day

Dawg as a Slang Term

Today, 'dawg' has evolved into a recognized slang term within mainstream culture. It has transcended its original African American Vernacular English roots and is used by people from various backgrounds around the world. Whether it's a greeting between friends or a reference to someone's buddy, 'dawg' has become a symbol of friendship and familiarity, exemplifying the influence of African American language and culture on contemporary society.

Did you know?

Did you know, Snoop Dogg (yes, the rapper), is one of the biggest supporters of National Dawg Day? Only goes to prove, 'Dawg recognizes dawg!'


fun rememberance friendship celebration pets

First identified

24th March 2015

Most mentioned on

27th August 2015

Total mentions


Other days


Dawg Day


Bestfriends Day

tell your friends you love them

Tell Your Friends You Love Them Day


Chicken Day


Friends Day


Heroes Day

pizza party

Pizza Party Day

dress up your pet

Dress Up Your Pet Day

love your pet

Love Your Pet Day

super hero

Super Hero Day