Ashleigh and Pudsey slammed by Kennel Club
- Bang Showbiz
- 20 August 2012
'Britain's Got Talent' winners and dancing dog act Ashleigh and Pudsey have been slammed by The Kennel Club for their routines being "demeaning"
'Britain's Got Talent' winners Ashleigh and Pudsey have been slammed by The Kennel Club.
The dancing dog act were victorious on this year's series of the ITV1 show after loveable pooch Pudsey performed tricks alongside owner Ashleigh, but their routines have now been branded as "demeaning".
So now the Club - the governing body for dogs - has introduced a series of rules to restrict the movements pooches can perform in routines and outlawed moves at its shows, which it says are "extreme" or "unnatural".
Kennel Club secretary Caroline Kisko added: "They are going to have to look to other types of moves in order to make an impact. The priority is the dog's safety.
"We are trying to stop what we would see as demeaning for the dog."
Dog dancing has grown more popular since Ashleigh and Pudsey wowed with their routine and the RSPCA said learning tricks was "positive" for a dog.
Pudsey - a border collie, bichon frise and Chinese crested cross - jumped off the judges' table and on to Ashleigh's shoulders to the 'Mission: Impossible' theme and danced on his hind legs.
They have gone on to become huge stars and are now trying to make it in Hollywood.