American Idol judge Simon Cowell has no intention of becoming a father - he'd much rather own puppies.

The 45-year-old music mogul, who dates British model Terri Seymour, does have parental urges but he prefers throw his energies into canines.

He says, "I'm into puppies! I'm going to have lots of puppies. I love dogs. Every year my mum asks me to judge a little dog show where she lives.

"I can't have a dog, though, because I travel too much. You can't unsettle a dog's life like that, because it can't understand. When it comes to dogs, I'm a real softy."