Not so Pooch Perfect! BBC show condemned after poodles' fur is dyed

Not so Pooch Perfect! BBC show condemned after poodles' fur is dyed

Not so Pooch Perfect! BBC One show is slammed as ‘degrading’ by dog lovers after contestants dye poodles’ fur bright colours and the pets are given a ‘pawdicure’ on their claws

  • Latest episode saw four dog groomers vying for a place in the quarter-final of the BBC One show – by making over three poodles and a Yorkshire terrier  
  • Judge Verity Hardcastle told the contestants: ‘What girl doesn’t want to have her nails done before a night out?’ ahead of the pooch makeover
  • One dog, Dolly, emerged with hues of pink, yellow and blue on the top of her head, a fishnet bolero around her chest and red polish on her claws

Dog lovers tuning into the latest episode of BBC One show Pooch Perfect have slammed the show’s creators as ‘cruel’ after judges asked contestants to dye fur and paint claws. 

The latest episode of the programme, hosted by Sheridan Smith, saw judges Colin Taylor and Verity Hardcastle set this week’s groomers the challenge of using bright colours to create a look on three toy poodles and a terrier.

Taylor told the contestants: ‘I want you to use thoughtful, temporary colour to enhance an impeccable cut.’  

Meanwhile Hardcastle quipped: ‘What girl doesn’t want to have her nails done before a night out?’ 

The latest episode of BBC One show Pooch Perfect saw four dog groomers vying for a place in the quarter-final of the BBC One show – by dramatically transforming how poodles and a Yorkshire terrier looked. Pictured: Dolly the poodle before her make-over

Hello Dolly: After the challenge, the poodle wore hues of pink, yellow and blue on the top of her head, and a fishnet bolero around her chest

Dolly also sported a bright red polish on her claws as she took to the ‘dogwalk’

Other viewers defended the show, saying the dogs were unharmed by the experience

The episode saw four dog groomers hoping to bag a place in the quarter finals of the show given three white poodles and a Yorkshire Terrier to makeover with a variety of pet-safe dyes and accessories. 

The resulting looks – shown off on the ‘dogwalk’ – used dramatic colours, glitter, jewellery and paint on the dogs’ claws but sparked a raft of complaints on Twitter. 

One fluffy-haired toy poodle, Dolly, emerged with her groomer wearing hues of pink, yellow and blue on the top of her head, and a fishnet bolero around her chest. 

On her claws, there was a bright red polish. 

Elsewhere, Noah the poodle was given bright blue ears and a necklace by groomer Mich, while Michael left his poodle Alaska with faded out yellow and pink ears and a pink heart around her bottom, something judge Colin Taylor admitted he ‘didn’t want to see’.

Judge Colin Taylor, left, told the contestants: ‘I want to use thoughtful temporary colour to enhance an impeccable cut.’ Meanwhile, co-judge Verity Hardcastle quipped: ‘What girl doesn’t want to have her nails done before a night out?’

Groomer Kayla with Dolly before the groomer got to work on the toy poodle

Mich opted for bright blues to tranform toy poodle Noah…along with a glittery stick on necklace

Meanwhile Michael got to work on Noah’s twin sister Alaska…

Alaska ended up with faded out yellow and pink ears and a pink heart around her bottom, something judge Colin Taylor admitted he didn’t want to see

The look might have been better if the heart was in a different place, said fellow judge Verity Hardcastle

@Haylestone88 wrote: ‘Shocked at how cruel #PoochPerfect is! Using dyes, glitter etc on dogs is encouraging people to treat dogs as accessories, & people may use products that are fatal for dogs if trying to copy the TV look. It’s not natural & dogs can’t consent! Love dogs for how they are!’ 

@bret70_brett agreed, saying: ‘I’ve just flicked through the channels and this car crash is on, has the BBC ever wasted license fee payers so much before, its awful and cruel.’  

@CruisieDave wrote: ‘So since when has it been acceptable to paint and dye a dog. They are animals! Society complains about cruelty to animals yet the @BBCOne #PoochPerfect think this is entertainment.’

However, some defended the show, saying the dogs wouldn’t know whether they had dye on their fur. @_isabel_ds wrote: ‘Cruel? They clearly stated not to try it at home and leave to the professionals, all products used were also dog friendly.’  

MailOnline has contacted Pooch Perfect’s makers for comment. 

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