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Cambridgeshire Scruffts’ Last Chance To Qualify For Crufts

01 October 2013    12:00
Poppy by Christy Straughan
 

Scruffts, the crossbreed dog competition that took Crufts by storm this year, returns to Peterborough on Sunday with two new classes.

It is the last chance for crossbreed to take part in the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition this year. Sponsored by James Wellbeloved, Scruffts has held heats around the country and now the final heat is taking place at the East of England Autumn Show at East of England Showground on Sunday 13thOctober.

Dogs such as Poppy, a Beagle/Patterdale Terrier cross from Stilton, Peterborough have already been 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 socialising together.

"Scruffts was a favourite at Crufts this year and we're 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 East of England's chosen charity.

Your Dog magazine is the media sponsor of Scruffts 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 East of England Autumn Show, visit www.eastofengland.org.uk/autumn-show-sunday-13th-october/.

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