Alpenfraulein Dog Mugs Review and Giveaway

Anyone who knows me will know two things; number one I  love dogs and number two I love a good cup of tea. So when Nici & Karin, the designers behind Alpenfraulein contacted me about their ‘Dog Mugs’, it sounded like a match made in heaven. Why? Well….

Tea and Dogs - Alpenfraulein Dog Mugs

Of course. Anyway, back to the mugs. As soon as I saw them, I was impressed with the bold dog designs and the attention to detail on the gorgeous illustrations.

Alpenfraulein Dog Mugs

There are currently four dog designs to choose from; the pug and his friends the dachshund, poodle and bulldog.  Note to self…never try and choose between dogs, even when it is just a design on a mug.

After much deliberation I finally decided on the pug mug. Pugs are such funny little dogs, so having a pug around even if just on a mug would be bound to brighten up my day. Turns out that the pug is the most popular design so it seems I chose well.

Alpenfraulein Pug Mug

What makes these dog mugs special is the little touches. For each of the dogs, they have some extra detailing in gold on the design which gives it that special feel. For the dachshund it’s a gold sparkly eye and for the pug it’s on the ear.

The other lovely thing about these mugs is the playful little gold motif on the inside of each mug. This really adds to the personality of each one. On mine it’s a little pile of gold dog poo and a fly and odd as it may be, I love it! There is something strangely satisfying about seeing a little gold poo emerging from the depths of your cup of tea (or coffee).

Alpenfraulein Dog Mugs

I’m sure any fellow pup owners will find this amusing but if that’s not your thing, don’t worry; the other mugs also have cool dog themed motifs to make you smile. The dachshund has a stick, the poodle a dog collar and the bulldog a bone.

Alpenfraulein Dog Mugs

So who’s the inspiration behind these fabulous dog mugs? Meet Fred the French Bulldog. Fred belongs to Nici, one half of the Alpenfraulein design team and is a regular on AlpenFraulein’s Instagram.

Fred - Alpenfraulein Dog MugsApparently, lots of people (including Fred) have been asking for a Frenchie design. Well, rumour has it that a Frenchie design (amongst others) is just round the corner, so don’t worry Fred!

Alpenfraulein Dog Mugs

After speaking to Nici and Karin, the Austrian born designers behind Alpenfraulein, it’s clear that a lot of care and love goes into their work. The mugs are all hand-crafted with screen printed illustrations in Stoke-on-Trent, the home of fine bone china here in the UK.

Handcrafted Alpenfraulein Dog Mugs

Given my over-reliance on my dishwasher, I  wondered if ‘hand-crafted’ would translate to ‘only makes an appearance on special occasions because it can’t go in the dishwasher’. That was before I got my mug. The pug mug has become a such a strong contender for ‘favourite mug’ that I’m prepared to make an exception for the little fella (and his gold poo). Who would have guessed.

(Alpenfraulein do advise the mugs can occasionally go in the dishwasher but hand-washing them is best to keep the gold and black tones rich.)

The dog mugs are available from the Alpenfraulein website  for £22 each or £72 for a set of four and can be shipped worldwide.


If you would like to get your paws on one of these doggie-licious mugs, then good news we’ve got one to giveaway!

  • All you need to do is log in to the giveaway widget below with your email address.
  • There is only one mandatory entry method – scroll down to the bottom of this page and leave a comment telling us ‘Why Alpenfraulein Dog Mugs are your Cup of Tea’. Don’t forget to leave the name you commented with in the giveaway widget!
  • Optional bonus entries are available by visiting The Dogvine and Alpenfraulein Facebook pages (likes very much appreciated) and tweeting. When you complete one of these options, please do so via the giveaway widget to validate your entry.
  • The giveaway closes 11.59 pm Monday 31st August 2015.

Alpenfraulein Dog Mug Giveaway Wiinner


Pug Mug Cup of Tea - Alpenfraullein Dog Mugs

Disclaimer: Alpenfraulein provided us with a Dog Mug in exchange for an honest review and will also be providing a lucky winner with their choice of mug. 




  1. 7th August 2015 / 3:13 pm

    These are “my cup of tea” because they are whimsical, darling and I can tell they are high quality. Just adorable!

  2. 7th August 2015 / 3:15 pm

    Oh poop!!! You have to disqualify me. Just saw that this give-away is U.K. only. Sorry! Good luck to all who enter!

  3. Rowena Kenward
    7th August 2015 / 3:52 pm

    Love the little gold detailing on the inside! Need a GSD mug really to keep my dog happy 😉 but all 4 designs are lovely.

  4. Sarah Rees
    7th August 2015 / 9:52 pm

    Much more interesting than a normal mug and may scare my cat loving hubby away from my tea 🙂

  5. Alexa Schoolar
    7th August 2015 / 10:00 pm

    They are so unique and the artwork is very intricate.

  6. Jill Robson
    7th August 2015 / 10:56 pm

    I’ve started collecting mugs with dogs on.This would be a great addition next to the border collie, german shepherd and dalmation.

  7. 8th August 2015 / 12:27 am

    The Aplenfraulein Dog Mugs are my cup of tea because they are just sooo unique the detail on them is fantastic the quality compared to supermarket and store items of this nature are clear to see! All of them are are gorgeous but my personal favourite is is the Pug one, as I bought my husband a Pug 2 years ago and he is his baby. We got married last year, and he, proposed to me 3 years ago on Christmas Day, he would be absolutely over the moon if he unwrapped one of these on Christmas Day!! . And all we drink is Tea! This is my reason why Alpenfraulein Pug Mug is my cup of tea! xxx Thank you so very much for the chance to win one of these gorgeous mugs! xxx

  8. Dawn Canning
    8th August 2015 / 5:59 am

    Alpenfraulein Dog mugs are my cup of tea because the artwork is delightfully quirky, but the subjects are instantly recognizable. It’s like you are seeing something very familiar (very familiar to me-I have 5 dogs!) but in a totally different way. Beautiful.

  9. Frances Heaton
    8th August 2015 / 8:05 am

    Alpenfraulein Dog Mugs are your Cup of Tea because They’re as unique and adorable as my little dog Barney.

  10. 8th August 2015 / 9:01 am

    they are unique beautiful and i would be very proud to owen them

  11. alicia roberts
    8th August 2015 / 10:46 am

    These are my cup of tea because not only do they have fabulous illustrations on the outside, but the cute details on the inside are so charming!

  12. claire blaney
    8th August 2015 / 11:32 am

    I love your mugs because they are just so different & there so cute too.

  13. Suzanne
    8th August 2015 / 11:40 am

    Passionate about dogs – a great way to relax with them.

  14. Ellie Bromilow
    8th August 2015 / 1:51 pm

    oooooooh the Pug! We want to get a Pug pup so much! I love that mug its so cute! x

  15. 8th August 2015 / 4:20 pm

    They are my cup of tea because the designs are gorgeous and I love the small design on the inside 🙂

  16. Nicole Fletcher
    10th August 2015 / 10:17 am

    they are my cup of tea because they are so cute and I love my dogs and everything doggy 🙂
    very unique especially with the poo and would make me smile every time I had a drink

  17. Heather T
    10th August 2015 / 4:24 pm

    I think these are funky & cool

  18. Emily Bye
    10th August 2015 / 4:49 pm

    Everything thing about these mugs are my cup of tea, they are so simple but effective and that would bring a smile to my fave everytime I saw it 🙂

  19. Mallory H.
    11th August 2015 / 5:51 am

    Wow! These are fun and really artistic! Love Them!! My cup of tea!

  20. George Wright
    11th August 2015 / 5:49 pm

    The designs are funky with massive faces & little bodies. My dog often looks like that, she knows it’s cute! I love the golden poo too!

  21. Kristen
    13th August 2015 / 12:06 am

    They’re stylish and unique!
    Also waiting for the Frenchie….

  22. Jayne
    13th August 2015 / 8:04 am

    These are my cup of tea because I love my little Cavalier. But my brother is studying in Cardiff and hasn’t had a chance to see my pup yet. A dog mug would make him feel much closer to my Doggie. 🙂

  23. Holliethor
    14th August 2015 / 8:07 pm

    Gorgeous! Love the gold dog poop haha! I th hunk a frenchie design would be great!

  24. Hazel Lemar
    15th August 2015 / 3:07 pm

    These just make me laugh and make me happy.

  25. Mallory H.
    16th August 2015 / 2:36 am

    Hahaha, my cup of tea because I like the little poop detail LOL

  26. Stephanie Whitehouse
    16th August 2015 / 9:39 am

    I love the character captured in the artwork

    17th August 2015 / 3:17 am

    They are my cup of tea because they are so cute and the poo makes me laugh!

  28. Tammy Tudor
    17th August 2015 / 8:20 pm

    They are just so cute and would make me smile 🙂

  29. Emily sd
    18th August 2015 / 9:46 am

    Gorgeous design! Love the gold detailing – great addition to the cupboard for any dog lover!

    18th August 2015 / 9:42 pm

    I love pugs! Thats my favourite one! x

  31. Mallory H.
    19th August 2015 / 1:30 am

    Just love these! Thanks!

  32. 19th August 2015 / 7:16 am

    Nothing I love more than a cup of Rosie after a walk with Teddy, so Tea in a dog mug with my pup by my side… Bliss ❤️

  33. Adam farmer
    19th August 2015 / 8:43 pm

    Great mugs, dogs are such a part of our lives and always there to brighten up the day. Lovely cups dogs make the world go around nothing better than cup of tea after a long walk

  34. Melanie G
    20th August 2015 / 5:17 am

    Oh my FUR. These mugs are amazing! I can see why you’re willing to make the hand wash exception 😉 I start my day with a cup of earl grey and a sit on the couch with my Chi. I wouldn’t mind drinking out of one of these!

    21st August 2015 / 9:00 am

    I too love the gold detail on each mug – adds a little something 🙂

  36. Lisa
    22nd August 2015 / 5:19 am

    I love dogs and my own dog so much, so I would love this adorable mug!

  37. Minduli Withana
    23rd August 2015 / 4:09 pm

    These are my perfect cup of tea because, well, its all about dogs!! who doesn’t love dogs?

  38. Esme MCCRUBB
    23rd August 2015 / 4:17 pm


  39. Charlotte Moore
    26th August 2015 / 9:22 am

    These beautiful mugs are my “cup of tea” because they’re comical whilst being formal and of high quality. The gold detailing is also very appealing

  40. Charlotte Moore
    26th August 2015 / 6:13 pm

    These are my cup of tea cause they unique, creative and adorable!

  41. Liz Marriott
    28th August 2015 / 2:16 pm

    I love the little gold bone – are they made of bone china?

  42. mellanie Forster
    29th August 2015 / 10:25 pm

    Adore the pug mug looks so much like my daughters pug and she’s in hospital at the moment so this would certainly put a smile on her face

  43. Solange
    30th August 2015 / 1:37 am

    I like the little poo – it’s not every day you see a poo in your drink.

  44. Sarah-Jane Laycock
    30th August 2015 / 2:48 pm

    Any wonderfully designed merchandise that celebrates our love of the canine species gets a thumbs up from me. Without dogs life would be so mundane and rather futile. These amazing creatures get under your skin, into your heart and leave pawprints long after they have passed!

  45. Sue Dorking
    30th August 2015 / 2:52 pm

    Alpenfraulein Dog Mugs are my Cup of Tea
    I love my tea and pugs you see
    And in a pug mug of such great design
    The tea will taste just sublime
    How I wish that one was mine!

  46. Louise Lumsden
    30th August 2015 / 3:04 pm

    because I’m a dog lover, they’re quirky & fun.I love that they are made from bone china too which is a must for tea drinking.A doberman one would be fab by the way 🙂

  47. Laura Nice
    30th August 2015 / 10:07 pm

    My dogs is FULL of dogs all the time being a dog sitter and I’m known as the crazy dog lady with all my mates xx

  48. 30th August 2015 / 10:30 pm

    Top giveaway, love those mugs

  49. Claire Butler
    31st August 2015 / 1:07 am

    i love anything a lil quirky

  50. Emma
    31st August 2015 / 6:50 pm

    These are so cute. When will a JRT one be available!?

  51. Jacqueline Roberts
    31st August 2015 / 8:50 pm

    These are my cup of Tea because I’m a little bit quirky and so is my gorgeous little dog

  52. steph lovatt
    31st August 2015 / 9:01 pm

    They are so quirky and cute

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