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