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Pudsey's pups are body doubles

Pudsey the dancing dog has been using body doubles - with the stand-ins being his own puppies.

The celebrity canine, who won 2012's Britain's Got Talent with owner Ashleigh Butler, has been letting his pups take on some of his hectic schedule, according to The Sun.

Pudsey's agent Jonathan Shalit said: "Yes, there is a spare Pudsey because if you do a film it's expensive, and if Pudsey gets ill or goes above and beyond the number of hours, you need to have a spare Pudsey so he isn't abused. There aren't any rules - but it's about caring and not abusing animals."

Pudsey appeared in BGT judge David Walliams' BBC comedy Mr Stink playing Duchess, the trusty sidekick of Hugh Bonneville's down-and-out character.

Like any overworked parent, he called on two of his litter, Crumpet and Dillon, to help out when he got tired.

The pair of pups had to go into make-up before their scenes, with Crumpet's coat being lightened and Dillon's darkened to look more like their dad.

Jonathan also has plans to use Pudsey stand-ins in upcoming Hollywood projects and may be sending out a casting call for similar dogs.

He said: "We've got a Hollywood film coming up and it starts filming in September. We'll need several doubles then. Lassie had five doubles. It's not unusual. In fact we're looking for more dogs that look just like Pudsey because his own family don't quite look the same."

Ashleigh and Pudsey launched Pudsey: The Movie at Cannes Film Festival last month.

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