Britain’s Got Talent judges have paid tribute to 2012 champion Pudsey after the dog's death was announced. Pudsey and partner Ashleigh wowed the country with their routines.

Britain’s Got Talent judges have paid tribute to 2012 champion Pudsey after the death of the dog was announced.

David Walliams and Amanda Holden both took to Twitter to say goodbye to one of the nation’s favourite pets and send their thoughts to his owner, Ashleigh Butler.

Holden shared a picture of the pair with the full panel of judges, including Simon Cowell and Alesha Dixon, and later followed it with: “My thoughts go out to Ashley and this little talented ‘human with fur’ #RIPPudsey”.

Walliams posted: “Farewell to a very special dog that the nation fell in love with. #Pudsey @BGT”

The news was announced by the ITV show’s bosses via Twitter on Friday.

Pudsey – a border collie, bichon frise and Chinese crested cross – charmed viewers with Ashleigh during their routine to the Mission Impossible theme, and he became the first dog act to win the series.

Ashleigh has told how putting Pudsey down was the most difficult decision of her life, as she made an emotional tribute to her beloved pet.

She said: “On the Thursday 20th July 2017, after Pudsey’s short battle against leukaemia, I had to make the hardest decision of my life to let my beautiful boy go to sleep at the age of 11.

“From the minute he was born he brought nothing but joy to me, and as a winner of BGT millions of others who adored him too.

“No words can express just how much I will miss him.

“He changed my life and I have so many wonderful memories of our time together. He will always be in my heart.”

Ashleigh and Pudsey had worked together for 11 years.

In October 2012, a book titled Pudsey: My Autobidography, was released, chronicling the talented pet’s rise to fame.

Success continued for one of the nation’s favourite pooches as he hit the big screen in 2014, taking the leading role in his own movie, Pusdey The Dog: The Movie.

The pair also journeyed to America following their big win, where they performed on America’s Got Talent and appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

As the news broke, fans across the country joined in a flood of tributes to the “amazing” dog and sent well-wishes to Ashleigh and her family.

@AmyRockson tweeted: Oh no!!! Pudsey, you were amazing! Ashleigh, I’m so very sorry for your loss xx
@WiggFamily wrote: Massively sad best dog ever! Thoughts with Ashleigh know what this feels like

Ashleigh and Pudsey had delighted fans with a brief re-appearance in a promotional video for this year’s season of Britain’s Got Talent.