The dog who ate a stuffed crocodile, and other incredible stories from last time we tried to find Britain’s naughtiest dog

Naughty dogs come in all shapes and sizes — as do their crimes and misdemeanours.

Country Life has teamed up with Lily’s Kitchen to run a competition to find Britain’s naughtiest dog.

If you think your pooch has what it takes to earn that title, you can find out how to enter here.

And to give you a flavour of the sort of thing your calamitous canine is up against, down below you can read the funniest stories of the winners from last time we ran the competition, back in 2015.


[COMPETITION: Nominate your four-legged friend for the title of Britain’s Naughtiest Dog 2019]


2015’s Overall winner: Rabbit

Heinz 57, Warminster, Wiltshire

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Winner of Britain’s Naughtiest Dog 2015: Rabbit


Rabbit is an all-round mischief-maker and the deserved victor of our Britain’s Naughtiest Dog compeition in association with Lily’s Kitchen. Crimes include destroying furniture, toys and pieces of clothing; chewing through £250 in cash; hitching lifts round the county in an Amazon delivery van and stealing bones from the next-door neighbour’s dog.

Read more about Rabbit’s mischief-making here


First runner-up: Woody

Labrador from Twickenham, Middlesex

Britain's naughtiest dog

First runner up: Woody

Woody, or ASBO as his friends and family affectionately know him, has a stomach of steel and a knack for disaster. Aside from daily raids on the laundry basket and recycling bins and a taste for expensive dressage bridles, Woody caused a stir when he trotted up to an elegant Italian woman sitting on a park bench enjoying her peaceful afternoon and, quite inexplicably, peed on her.

Not especially fond of sleeping, Woody once embarked on a solo nighttime adventure during a camping trip, returning triumphantly to show off to his owners the decomposing salmon he had discovered on his travels. Disappointed that his owners were more intent on getting back to sleep than inspecting his piscatorial trophy, Woody dislodged the ropes and brought the tent crashing down on them all.


Second runner-up: Jolly

Dalmatian from London

Britain's naughtiest dog

Second runner up: Jolly

For those dogs with a nose for adventure, cities are just big playgrounds and for Jolly, London will just about do. An experienced Underground traveller, Jolly once did a poo on the Piccadilly Line and she likes to puncture footballs in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

A pricey stuffed shark fell foul of Jolly’s jaws in an antiques shop, but her pièce de résistance must be the time when she bounded up to a bride being photographed in Hyde Park, leaving a trail of paw prints on her hitherto pristine white dress.


Best consumer winner: Buster

Labrador from Wareside, Hertfordshire

Britain's naughtiest dog

Best consumer winner: Buster

Buster was barred from ‘doggy day care’ after he ate a whole 20-year-old taxidermy crocodile.


Best consumer runner up: Boot

Collie-cross from Yelverton, Devon

Britain's naughtiest dog

Best consumer runner up: Boot

He munched his way through an entire collection of books — all first editions, of course.


Best consumer highly commended: Mavis

Lurcher from Felpham, West Sussex

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Best consumer highly commended: Mavis


Mavis has gobbled up 6lb of raw pasta, the family hoard of Easter eggs and 21 human antibiotics.


Best escape artist winner: Ted

Irish water spaniel cross from Copthorne, West Sussex

Britain's naughtiest dog

Best escape artist winner: Ted

Too impatient to wait for a door to be opened for him, Ted succeeded in bringing the entire cat flap with him when he charged through it.


Best escape artist runner up: Pushkash

Hungarian vizsla from Farnham, Surrey

Britain's naughtiest dog

Best escape artist runner up: Pushkash

Pushkash took himself off for a walk at a service station just off the M6 toll road near Birmingham. Fortunately, his owners realised, 30 minutes into their journey, that he wasn’t in the car and returned to collect him.


Best escape artist highly commended: Hamilton

Basset hound from Portree, Isle of Skye

Britain's naughtiest dog

Best escape artist highly commended: Hamilton

Hamilton mounted his own pooch-led protest at being taken on a trip to the tip by locking his owner out of the car. When she broke in through the back-door window, he made a break for it and, with his spaniel partner-in-crime in tow, spent a thoroughly exciting afternoon refusing ­ to be caught.


Most embarrassing winner: Toby

Springer spaniel from Tresco, Isles of Scilly

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Most embarrassing winner: Toby

With a knack for selective hearing on shoot days, Toby bounded off to collect a bird of his choosing, which happened to be half a mile offshore. He brought the day to a standstill when the harbour master had to take his boat out to rescue him.


Most embarrassing runner up: Digby

Border terrier from Lympne, Kent

Britain's naughtiest dog

Most embarrassing runner up: Digby

Digby made sure golfer Paul Casey didn’t have it too easy by stealing his ball from the 12th green just as Mr Casey was about to putt for a birdie at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at Kingsbarns in Scotland.


Most embarrassing highly commended: Dickens

Labrador from Fernhurst, West Sussex

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Most embarrassing highly commended: Dickens

Dickens gatecrashed a wedding, where he stole a bouquet and a guest’s shawl, before completing a few laps of honour around the venue.


Most destructive winner: Bryn

Greyhound cross from Great Preston, Leeds

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Most destructive winner: Bryn

Showing a flair for adventure, Bryn hopped up next to the kitchen sink and inadvertently turned the tap on, flooding the brand-new kitchen. Meanwhile, his tail almost caused a gas explosion when it hit the gas tap on the cooker.


Most destructive runner up: Custard

Labrador from Brington, Cambridgeshire

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Most destructive runner up: Custard

Custard took it upon himself to liven up a three-year-old’s birthday party by stealing a large kitchen knife from the worktop and chasing guests around with his prize.


Most destructive highly commended: Beetle

Cocker spaniel from Shrewsbury, Shropshire

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Most destructive highly commended: Beetle

Chewing through his lead enabled Beetle to run onto a school’s rugby pitch to show the players how it’s done. Despite much dodging and ducking, his game ended when one of the pupils’ fathers managed to tackle him to the ground.