Well — we’ll be doggone: King of Mean Simon Cowell wants to launch a doggie version of his hit X-Factor show, according to loose-lipped tattles out of the UK.

The animal-loving music mogul was inspired to put together a contest to find the world’s most talented canine after he lent his famous face to Britain’s Animals Matters Anti-Pet Cruelty campaign last spring.

“Simon loves animals and thinks they make great TV — even when things go wrong,” yaps a source close to the t-shirt-lovin’ music mogul. “The idea would be to raise money for animal charities while highlighting some of the talented pets out there.”

In the meantime, the former American Idol judge is working on launching a US version of the ratings juggernaut.

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