A cheeky three-year-old Cocker spaniel has been named the nation’s most destructive pet.

Samuel, from Sittingbourne, Kent, managed to beat a pot-smashing tortoise called Timothy and plenty of furniture-chewing dogs to take home the winning title.

The search for the naughtiest pet was run by retail company ScS, to find the UK’s most destructive pets. 

The Cocker spaniel knocked a can of blue paint down the stairs and all over owner Zara Angelova’s cream carpet. 

A hilarious photo of the doggo shows him looking very sorry for himself as he showcases his ‘artistic skills’ on the light-coloured carpet.

Zara said: ‘I’d just finished painting an old chest of drawers and foolishly left the open pot at the top of the stairs because I heard my phone ringing.

‘Samuel followed me down the stairs and, in doing so, knocked over the pot. 

‘Result? One destroyed carpet and a large bill to replace it all. He looked so sorry that I couldn’t find it in my heart to be angry with him.’

Zara and Samuel beat more than 100 other entries to take the top spot and will receive one of ScS’s brand new Lucy 3 Seater Sofas.

In second place was three-year-old Pomeranian Bella who went on a rampage and left owner Kelly McIntyre’s pillow in tatters and her walls needing significant repairs. 

Third place in the competition went to two and three-year-old Pug-crosses Riley and Teddy after owner Lisa Williams arrived home one day to catch them ripping apart her best cushions.

Don’t think cats weren’t as equally destructive as their canine peers.

11-year-old kitty Ellie El Gato took sixth position, spotted next to her handiwork after clawing her owner’s Lindsay Winship’s sofa.

And then in eighth, two-year-old Mittens clawed her way through a red couch.

Another feisty feline was honoured on the list, taking 13th place. Dora, a one-year-old British blue cat from Eastbourne who is owned by Rebecca James, tore through a chair’s stuffing. 

Our personal fave is probably pot-breaker Timothy the tortoise.

Here are some more destructive pets for your enjoyment:

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