Rottweiler is named Surrey's cutest dog named for heartwarming reason

Razor and Snickers in 2015
-Credit: (Image: Ria Mitchell)


Surrey’s cutest dog has been crowned for a really heartwarming reason, after SurreyLive received plenty of adorable snaps of the county's pooches. The winner of the competition, therapy dog Razor, sadly passed away not long after his grandma submitted his entry.

Razor the rottweiler, despite his fierce name, was the softest and most gentle dog, his owner tells SurreyLive. So gentle in fact, he would visit children with cancer at Great Ormond Street hospital, and visit care homes.

He loved his job and was a very friendly dog, owner Ria Mitchell says, adding: “My nan entered Razor and we didn’t know. It was his last competition, Razor has lots of followers on his Facebook page, so everyone voted for him.”

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Back in 2015, Razor shot to fame after he was featured in several articles for his unlikely friendship with a hamster. Razor would spend time with the little hamster, Snickers, and would let the hamster sit on his head.

Gentle giant Razor, didn’t have the best start in life, and was rescued by Ria when he was six months old. He was bred for fighting, but was too soft and was put up for sale on Gumtree.

Ria fell in love right away, and quickly got to taking Razor to puppy training. It was at puppy class, Razor was recommended to become a therapy dog, due to his docile and gentle nature.

Razor holding a daffodil
Razor holding a daffodil
Golden retriever puppy Nala
Golden retriever puppy Nala
Cockapoo puppy
Coco the cockapoo -Credit:Antonia Phillips

Razor’s owner, Ria, entered her pooch into plenty of competitions, many of which he won including a year's supply of dog food. Sadly in November 2023, Razor’s family noticed a small lump, which turned out to be cancerous.

Three months later, Razor’s family had to say goodbye, as he became so fragile. Ria said: “We got the vet to come to the house, he didn't even wake up when the vet came that gave me comfort and he was snoring the whole time. He was put to sleep, and we now have his ashes we will scatter at Blue Lake in Guildford, it was his favourite place.”

On Razor’s last day, his family held a special party for him, 300 of his friends from his Facebook page showed up. Ria said: “On his last day, we held a little party and more than 300 people came to say goodbye. He had such a nice day, he had a dog cake and balloons and he went to the groomers the day before. They were lovely and they gave him the works.”

Surrey’s silver winner, Nala, is an adorable four-month-old golden retriever puppy. In bronze is a fluffy cockapoo called Coco, who is just 17 months old.

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