Scruffts, the crossbreed dog competition that took Crufts by
storm this year, comes to Eastleigh, Hampshire on Saturday with two
Crossbreeds are invited to take part in the Scruffts Family
Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition, sponsored by James
Wellbeloved at Eastleigh Borough Council's Dog Fun Day at The
Parkland, Eastleigh on Saturday 14thSeptember.
Dogs such as Mitzi, a Jack Russell/Staffordshire Bull Terrier
cross from Eastleigh and Alfie, a Labrador/Poodle cross from
Southampton 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
Mitzi is taking part in the Scruffts Prettiest Crossbreed Bitch
and Best Crossbreed Rescue classes alongside owner Andrea Hawkins.
Andrea explains: "I got Mitzi from Blue Cross where she was taken
by her previous owner at five months old. She is now six years old
and is full of energy - perfect for me. Together we have worked
towards the Kennel Club's Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme Awards
and Mitzi has passed her bronze, silver and gold awards. Mitzi
comes to work with me every day and she loves nothing more than
chasing balls, swimming and, most importantly, jumping on my lap
for a cuddle in the evenings."
Alfie is taking part in the Scruffts Most Handsome Crossbreed
class, and owners Swan Gan-Marsh and Dave Marsh believe Alfie is a
winner no matter what. Swan says: "Alfie is our best friend and
companion - he is a very laid back dog and has the best nature you
could ask for. Alfie is a registered Pet As Therapy dog and
currently visits two homes in the New Forest area. As well as
helping others, he helps me too as my husband works away a lot and
Alfie has become a wonderful companion to me and takes care of
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's 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 Eastleigh Borough Council's 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 Eastleigh Borough Council's Dog Fun Day,