Scruffts, the crossbreed dog competition that took Crufts by
storm this year, returns to Norfolk on Sunday with two new
Crossbreeds are invited to take part in the Scruffts Family
Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition, sponsored by James
Wellbeloved at the All About Dogs show at Royal Norfolk Showground
on Sunday 25thAugust.
Dogs such as Poppy, a Beagle/Patterdale Terrier cross have
already signed up for the heat and are getting ready to take part
in the competition which could lead them on the road to Crufts. The
winners will be invited to the prestigious Discover Dogs event at
Earls Court, London in November where they will compete for a place
in the final at Crufts 2014.
Poppy's owner, Christy Straughan explains why Poppy is so
special: "Poppy came into my life at a time when we were given the
awful news that one of our German Shepherds had terminal mammary
cancer. Having Poppy around gave the family an alternative to focus
on - her puppy antics made us laugh. Poppy and I have a very strong
bond - not everyone understands it and I get told 'it's just a
dog', but she is so much more than that to me."
As popularity of Scruffts soars, two new classes have been added
to make sure that every crossbreed dog is given their opportunity
to shine. Best Crossbreed Rescue and Good Citizen Dog Training
Scheme (GCDS) Crossbreed are the two new classes in the Scruffts
competition, with the GCDS class open to dogs that have a GCDS
certificate at any level. Scruffts traditionalists need not worry
as the Most Handsome Dog, Prettiest Crossbreed Bitch, Child's Best
Friend and Golden Oldie categories all return this year.
The Scruffts competition celebrates the love, companionship and
often heroic stories of our nation's crossbreed dogs, and raises
money for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which makes a
difference for dogs by funding a wide variety of work ranging from
supporting research into canine diseases to welfare initiatives.
The fun competition is also great for socialising dogs and getting
to meet other dog lovers in your area.
Caroline Kisko from the Kennel Club, the organisers of the
competition said: "Scruffts is a fantastic competition which brings
the fun of the show ring to crossbreed dogs, whilst raising money
for a good cause. It is always a fun event - the dogs and owners
love it and it is a great opportunity for them to get out and about
"Scruffts was a favourite at Crufts this year and I am looking
forward to seeing the six fantastic dogs that will be joining us
for the final at Crufts 2014."
Entering a dog into Scruffts costs just £2 per class and all
entry money will be split between the Kennel Club Charitable Trust
and All About Dogs' chosen charity.
Your Dog magazine is the media sponsor of Crufts for the second
year running, meaning that the winners of each heat will not only
receive delicious James Wellbeloved goodies, but a copy of the
latest Your Dog magazine too.
For more information on the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of
the Year competition, please visit www.scruffts.org.uk. For
further information about the All About Dogs event visit;