August 26 is National Dog Day. Pictured: Internet dog Toast arrives for the 20th Annual Webby Awards in Manhattan, New York, U.S., May 16, 2016.Reuters

Today is National Dog Day and it is a day specially set aside to celebrate the friendship between man and dogs. Studies have shown that dogs as pets help us lead happier and healthier life and this Friday, dog owners will get an opportunity to show their pets what he or she means to them.

National Dog Day was founded in 2004 when pet and family lifestyle expert and animal advocate Colleen Paige decided to set aside a specific day to encourage adoption and bring more attention to the plight of animals. The significance of Aug. 26 is that it was on this date that Paige's family adopted their first dog named Sheltie when she was just 10 years old.

To celebrate this day, we have compiled a list of documentaries on Netflix that will cater to not just dog lovers, but all animal lovers.

The Champions: This is an inspirational story about the pitbulls that were rescued from the brutal fighting ring of former Atlanta Falcon star quarterback Michael Vick. This documentary is by Darcy Dennett and it highlights the significance of the relationship between humans and animals.

World's oddest animal couples: This documentary explores the weirdest and cutest friendships between different species of animals. This documentary will see Dr. Carin Bondar introducing several unusual animal friendships such as an elephant leading a buffalo herd, a jackal caring for an elderly dog.

72 Cutest Animals: This documentary is an investigation into what makes an animal cute, and dogs are sure to feature in this documentary series. "With explanatory graphics and firsthand accounts from animal lovers and experts, each creature is fully assessed on its cuteness and ranked on a sliding scale to eventually uncover the cutest one in the world," the synopsis reads.