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Pooch Perfect UK: Who are the contestants in the dog grooming contest?

Pooch Perfect will put some of the UK’s bright-eyed and bushy-tailed professional dog groomers to the test.

Each week the contestants will demonstrate their skills on the Dogwalk, giving pet owners’ beloved pooches a makeover.

They will be doing it all under the watchful eye of the judges – dog groomers Colin Taylor, Verity Hardcastle and vet Bolu Eso.

Presenter Sheridan Smith and her canine co-host Stanley will also be on hand to offer encouragement and lend an ear.

When the first heat of the series kicks off tonight, four contestants get to work on a long-haired shih-tzu while four other dogs get a teddy bear trim to take to display on the Dogwalk.

Which one of the 16 professionals will be named best in show?


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Abbie (Picture: BBC)

Abbie runs her own salon in her back garden in Leicestershire. She is inspired by all things horror and even has pets named after horror characters.


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Kara (Picture: BBC)

Kara, from Cambridgeshire, has her own high street salon and hopes to open a doggy day care centre and dog café.

Kelly D

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Kelly D (Picture: BBC)

Kelly, from Somerset has been a dog groomer for 18 years and her salon has won awards. She is also the founder of Supergroom South West – a dog grooming competition which raises money for an animal rescue and rehab centre.


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Thomas (Picture: BBC)

Thomas, from Co. Tyrone, owns six dogs and three cats and they all live with his family, which includes five children. He took up dog grooming after he was made redundant in the 2008 recession.


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Hannah (Picture: BBC)

Hannah from Essex is a leading expert in grooming Cocker Spaniels and holds multiple titles across various categories and breed styles.


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Lakhi (Picture: BBC)

After coming out to his family Lakhi left his Birmingham home with his two dogs, training to be a mental health nurse and in elderly care. Dog grooming became a hobby before he trained professionally, going on to open his own salon. He owns 11 dogs, most of which are rescues.


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Tanya (Picture: BBC)

Tanya from Co Down has a love of goats as well as dogs and has been known to treat them to a bit of a makeover. Tanya is a huge Harry Potter fan, and her salon has a wand on display for owners’ ‘unrealistic expectations’.


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Tom (Picture: BBC)

Tom describes himself as a typical ‘Manchester lad’, and was named Rising Star at The British Dog Grooming Championships in 2018. Tom has been grooming for four years and hopes to open his own salon one day.


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Ellie (Picture: BBC)

Ellie converted her garage in Yorkshire to a salon where she brings her artistic skill and love of dogs together. For her, grooming all started when she had to wait 7 weeks for her dog to be groomed and on seeing the final result was disappointed and thought she could do better.


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Georgia (Picture: BBC)

Georgia is a salon owner from South Wales and is a third-generation dog groomer. Georgia’s Mum is a champion groomer, her dad shows dogs, her husband works in her salon as does her brother-in-law. She opened her own salon aged just 17.


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Helen (Picture: BBC)

Helen skateboards to work at her Brighton salon every day. Passionate about Asian freestyle grooming, Helen travelled to Malaysia to study the techniques at an academy in Kuala Lumpur.


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Vasileios (Picture: BBC)

When Vasileios moved to the UK five years ago after serving in the Greek army, he couldn’t speak any English but now he is the senior groomer at a salon in Notting Hill and manages a team of nine groomers across 2 salons. Some of his clients include David Beckham, Gary Barlow and Lily Allen.


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Kayla (Picture: BBC)

Kayla and her sister cared for their mum from the age of 12 after she became paralysed following in an accident. The sisters now run two high street salons while their mum is in charge of washing and prepping the dogs.

Kelly G

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Kelly G (Picture: BBC)

Kelly has been dog grooming for 18 years and in 2002 she set up her first salon in Devon with her mum, another groomer. 3 years ago, they also opened a grooming academy where Kelly teaches a course in compassionate dog handling.


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Mich (Picture: BBC)

Mich from Stoke-on-Trent has over 30 years’ experience in the industry and taught herself how to groom when she decided to show her dogs competitively. Since then, she has won Best in Show at The Grooming Show and The Great North Groom for her handstripped terriers.


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Michael (Picture: BBC)

Michael got into grooming after taking his dog to the groomers and was left unhappy with the results. He used his haircutting skills on his dogs and went on to train professionally, opening his own salon.

Pooch Perfect starts tonight at 8pm on BBC One.


Credit: Original article published here.

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