Sheridan Smith's BBC show Pooch Perfect is axed after just one series

Sheridan Smith's BBC show Pooch Perfect is axed after just one series
Sheridan Smith's BBC show Pooch Perfect is axed after just one series

Sheridan Smith's BBC show Pooch Perfect has been axed after just one series.

The show, hosted by the actress, 40, saw dog groomers battle it out to give their hounds the most impressive looks.

However when the series aired earlier this year dog lovers slammed the show's creators as 'cruel' after judges asked contestants to dye fur and paint claws.

Oh dear: Sheridan Smith's BBC show Pooch Perfect has been axed after just one series

Oh dear: Sheridan Smith's BBC show Pooch Perfect has been axed after just one series

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A statement given to Metro by the BBC regarding the axing of the show read: 'Pooch Perfect brought plenty of light relief to viewers during lockdown.

'Whilst the show won't be returning, we'd like to thank Sheridan, the judges, animal experts, groomers and pet owners plus Beyond Productions for bringing such joy when we needed it most.' 

The BBC has been contacted by MailOnline for a comment.  

When it was announced that Sheridan - who owns six dogs herself - would be hosting Pooch Perfect, she said: 'This is my first prime-time hosting gig, I can't believe I got asked to be honest!.

Poor thing: When the series aired earlier this year dog lovers slammed the show's creators as 'cruel' after judges asked contestants to dye fur and paint claws

Poor thing: When the series aired earlier this year dog lovers slammed the show's creators as 'cruel' after judges asked contestants to dye fur and paint claws

'But I am a huge dog lover and the time just seemed right, I had just had my son, Billy, so it was an absolute honour to be asked.' 

Earlier this year dog lovers slammed the show's creators as 'cruel' after judges asked contestants to dye fur and paint claws.

One episode of the programme saw judges Colin Taylor and Verity Hardcastle set 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.'

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Presenter: The show, hosted by the actress, 40, saw dog groomers battle it out to give their hounds the most impressive looks

Presenter: The show, hosted by the actress, 40, saw dog groomers battle it out to give their hounds the most impressive looks

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

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. 

A BBC spokesperson says the show's makers ensured the 'care and wellbeing of the dogs was of the upmost importance' during the challenge.  

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. 

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

Before: One episode of the show saw four dog groomers vying for a place in the quarter-final 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

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

One fluffy-haired toy poodle, Dolly, emerged with her groomer wearing hues of pink, yellow and blue on the

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