Sheridan Smith’s BBC dog grooming show Pooch Perfect axed after just one series

Pooch Perfect was canceled after its first series due to outrage and concerns for the safety and welfare of animals.

The BBC reality show hosted by Sheridan Smith, which saw Britain’s hairiest hounds getting a makeover in the hunt for Britain’s best groomer, was canceled after causing some commotion.

The backlash was the result of dyed pets, such as a poodle with blue ears, which led the RSPCA to allegedly claim that the show was sending a “worrying message” about animals considered fashion accessories.

In the program, which saw 16 professionals compete against each other to see who could turn dogs into the smartest pooches in the country, some animals were dressed in costumes, causing viewers to complain, claiming they were being mistreated.

Pooch Perfect was discontinued after its first series

In a statement sent to, a spokesman praised the “slight relief” the program brought to viewers during the coronavirus pandemic.

They said, “Pooch Perfect brought a lot of light relief to viewers during the lockdown.”

“While the show won’t be returning, we’d like to thank Sheridan, the judges, animal experts, groomers, pet owners, and Beyond Productions for bringing us as much joy when we needed it most.”

Sheridan Smith

BBC Pooch Perfect fans were split over Sheridan Smith’s “Bake Off For Dogs”

The BBC was reportedly forced to previously defend the controversial show and justify the broadcast’s motives by saying the welfare team “saw no danger to the animals and they showed no signs of stress”.

The broadcaster stated that the colors used on the dogs “were strictly controlled and only used to highlight the groom”.

A spokesman said at the time: “All colors were temporary, safe and washed out almost immediately, depending on the dog’s coat.

“But despite the huge increase in dog ownership during the pandemic, the BBC announced on Thursday that the plug had been pulled on the program.”

Puppy perfect

Sheridan was the face of Pooch Perfect and presented the weekly episodes

The competition was judged by top professional groomer Colin Taylor, certified master groomer Lady Verity Hardcastle and veterinarian Bolu Eso.

Each week, professional dog groomers who participated in the show competed in a variety of challenges to be crowned the nation’s best dog groomer and win the Stanley Golden Trophy.

Despite viewers’ concerns for the welfare of the dogs, the BBC had uploaded a frequently asked question on the show’s official page stating that the animals were indeed well looked after.

On the side it read: “The dogs were always pampered, looked after and loved very much during their visit with us.

“Animal welfare was incredibly important to us throughout the process and the production team was supported and guided by The Animal Welfare Consultancy, recommended by the RSPCA.

“In fact, our consultant, Jody Gordon, co-wrote the RSPCA’s rulebook for people who use or remember animals in any production environment to provide advice and support.”

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