Household names Ashleigh Butler and Pudsey have helped to launch a new Kennel Club competition, which will find Britain’s most talented dog by asking people to ‘like’ top dog talent on Facebook.
Hoping to share their own success after wowing the UK with their inventive tricks and routines on this year’s Britain’s Got Talent, the famous duo - members of the Young Kennel Club - are now appealing to all dog owners to give their pets a chance to shine in the Kennel Club’s Crufts Factor competition, no matter what their talent might be.
The competition is searching for dogs with a wide range of special talents, whether it’s dancing Dalmatians, singing Shih Tzus, sporting Samoyeds or artistic Akitas.
There will be a one-off heat at London’s biggest dog event, Discover Dogs at Earls Court on 10th November, with the winner going on to compete on the world’s most famous dog stage at Crufts in March 2013 against three other finalists.
Ashleigh said: “Dogs have an amazing ability to learn all sorts of skills, so it is really exciting to see the launch of a competition that is solely dedicated to celebrating dogs and their talents.
“Pudsey has always adored performing and working with me as a team and it was great to give him the chance to show his skills to the nation. Crufts Factor gives all dogs the same opportunity.”
The Facebook competition has been launched to find four finalists to perform in a Crufts Factor heat at London’s biggest dog event, Discover Dogs 2012, taking place at Earls Court on 10-11th November.
To take part people are being asked to upload a video of their dog’s special talent via the Discover Dogs Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DiscoverDogs.
Three finalists will be chosen from the videos with the most Facebook likes, while a fourth wildcard finalist will be picked from all entries. Finalists will perform in front of a panel of judges at Discover Dogs and the winner will be guaranteed a place in the Crufts final.
A further three Crufts finalists will then be selected, based on a YouTube competition which will be launched in the run up to the world’s greatest dog show in March 2013.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Communications Director said: “We are looking for dogs that have what it takes to become stars. Last year Simon Cowell talent scouted our Young Kennel Club member Ashleigh Butler and her dog Pudsey and we want to find another star to follow in their footsteps.
“We will find our first finalist at Discover Dogs in November, and encourage all dog owners who know their dog is special, and want the world to know it too, to get involved.”
The talent demonstrated should be both safe and enjoyable for the dogs. For further information, please visit www.discoverdogs.org.uk.
Jay Gory, The Cheers News