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RCMP puppies trained in Alberta named in annual contest

They're cute and cuddly for now, but 13 puppies who are Canada's future RCMP police dogs now have names after nearly 16,000 children from across the nation submitted their picks for the annual Name the Puppy contest.

13 future police dogs all given names starting with 'J'

Future top dogs Jake, Jinx and Jolt wrestle at the Police Dog Service Training Centre in Innisfail, Alta. (RCMP Police Dog Breeding Program)

Try reading this without saying "aww."

Thirteen cute and cuddly pooches set to become police dogs for the RCMP now have names after nearly 16,000 children from across the nation submitted their picks for the annual Name the Puppy contest.

All names had to start with the letter "J."

The 13 winners will each receive a certificate, a photo of the puppy they named, a plush German Shepherd toy dog named Justice and an RCMP cap.

Meet the pups!

Jake and Jolt jogging through the grounds at the RCMP Police Dog Service Training Centre in Innisfail, Alta. (RCMP Police Dog Breeding Program)
Jolt sniffs around, foreshadowing one of his many duties as a future RCMP police dog. (RCMP Police Dog Breeding Program)
Looks like Jinx and Jake are no match for Jolt (right) who appears to have the strength of two dogs. (RCMP Police Dog Breeding Program)
Cuteness overload alert. Jolt will soon grow into an RCMP police dog once he graduates from the training centre in Innisfail, Alta. (RCMP Police Dog Breeding Program)

Here are the all the winning pup's names and the kids who suggested the monikers:

  • Jango: Shayola Cochrane (Whitehorse, Yukon)
  • Jolt: Amelie Pardy (Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L.)
  • Jade: Travis MacDonald (Kensington, P.E.I.)
  • Jorgia: Ally Gates (Treherne, Man.)
  • Jude: Lacey Eldridge (Condor, Alta.)
  • Jix: Mathis Paumier (Montreal, Que.)
  • Jett: Lucas Anthony (Battleford, Sask.)
  • Jax: Daniel Machmer (Pangnirtung, Nunavut)
  • Juno: Meagan Lee (Yellowknife, N.W.T.)
  • Java: Sydney Bryson (Kamloops, B.C.)
  • Jinx: Lola Kirincich (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
  • Jazz: Matthew Stewardson (Thunder Bay, Ont.)
  • Jake: Dylan Boudreau (Le Goulet, N.B.)

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