Hundreds of animal lovers wanted to get involved with Direct Blinds’ competition and put forward their misbehaving pets, including chew-happy dogs, sofa-shredding cats and parakeets who live to cause mayhem.
Each entrant sent in pictures of the damage done to their homes with the guilty pet in shot, with a description of the destruction and an estimated cost of repair.
All these applications were whittled down, leaving only the 10 most shameless and destructive pets – all of them dogs.
Out of the 10 badly behaved pups shortlisted, Mishka the husky took home the title of Britain’s Naughtiest Pet.
Mishka’s owner, Sam Smith from Wigan, received £500 in high street vouchers and a set of blinds worth £100.
David Roebuck, Managing Director at Direct Blinds, said: ‘Anyone who owns a pet will know that they are not just companions, they are a part of the family. But like any family member, there is always the potential for frustration, especially when damage to property is involved.
‘With the search for Britain’s Naughtiest Pet we hope to find the most mischievous pets in the country and, more importantly, reward the long-suffering owners of such cheeky animals.’
The top 10 naughiest pets are as follows:
Mishka the husky took great delight in destroying a set of brand new blinds. She decided that the blinds weren’t to her taste, and trashed them.
Her owner, Sam Smith, won the Direct Blinds prize for owning the naughtiest dog in Britain.
Mango the Hungarian Vizsla decided that door handles weren’t for her. Why not just go through headfirst?
Her owner, Fiona Johnson from Belton, was on hand to make sure Mango wasn’t hurt by her headstrong escapades.
Bosley the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a big fan of chewing. Curtains, carpet, cushions, Christmas decorations – as long as it’s there, Bosley will get his chops round it.
According to his owner Rick Haswell from Tyne and Wear, he’s even chewed through a broadband cable before.
Ruby only accepts quality journalism, and this is why she trashes every paper that doesn’t quite meet her standards.
Another Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Ruby is quite the critic. Her owner Romilly Snowden, of East Yorkshire, snapped this pic before clearing up the mess.
Ted is a Labrador/Spaniel cross, and this energetic pup decided to dig a big hole in his owner’s garden.
Georgie Ball of Cornwall found the inquisitive dog with his head completely stuck in the ground.
Milo the Short Haired German Pointer decided that he wanted to find out exactly what’s inside a bean bag.
Turns out it’s lots and lots of tiny plastic balls, which his owner Lucy Hadaway from York had to clean up.
Jack Russel/Lhasa Apso cross Herbert’s favourite thing to do with loo roll is to unspool it, drag it across the house and give it a good shredding.
Lauren Cooke, of Chelmsford in Essex, made sure to snap the mess before writing off this particular toilet roll.
Cream carpets and dogs are a dangerous mixture, particularly when there’s a tin of paint involved.
English Cocker Spaniel Jasper decided to create something wonderfully abstract, although his owner, Richard Martin of Sittingbourne, was less than impressed by his pup’s artistic side.
Winnie the Boxer was too busy digging soil out of her owner’s planters to even notice that this picture was being taken.
Owner Sandy Hayes of Essex had plenty of replanting and sweeping to do after Winnie was done ‘gardening’.
Ernie might be trying to style this one out, but we all know he’s been digging through the bin. The evidence is hanging round his neck.
His owner Vickie Bailey of Harrogate caught him trotting around wearing her kitchen bin lid like a ruff, after eating what we assume was a copious amount of rubbish.