Britain's Got Talent winner Pudsey the dog has retired

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Britain's Got Talent winner Pudsey the dog has been retired by trainer Ashleigh Butler.

Ashleigh and Pudsey won Britain's Got Talent back in 2012 but 2017 is the last year for the adorable pooch's time in the competitive spotlight.

At the age of 11, Pudsey took part in his last ever competition at Crufts at the weekend, and things got rather emotional.

Following Pudsey's appearance, the commentator reflected: "This is it, Ashleigh's a little bit upset, but she shouldn't be upset, he's been an absolutely fantastic dog over the years and owes nobody nothing."

While Pudsey has now retired from competitions, he's still set to make a few guest showbiz appearances and is already lined up to star with Ashleigh in panto at Christmas.

Speaking previous about her time with Pudsey on BGT, Ashleigh said: "If I could do it all over again I would. It takes over your life but it’s such an amazing experience. It goes so quickly. The whole semi-finals week was such good fun.

"All the contestants were really supportive of each other and I made some really good friends."

Speaking to STV, Ashleigh continued: "I never expected to win.

"It was such a surreal moment. It was lucky I had Pudsey so I could hide my face in his fur."

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And quizzed on her top moment since winning, Ashleigh explained: "Everything we have done has been so incredible but probably the Royal Variety Performance. It was an amazing, perfect day, getting to perform alongside some of the biggest stars.

"I was really nervous but Pudsey literally just sleeps until ten minutes before when we wake him up, he goes on stage and dances and then comes off and goes back to sleep again. I have to be nervous for both of us."

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