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Manchester Scruffts' chance to qualify for Crufts

02 September 2013    11:00

Scruffts, the crossbreed dog competition that took Crufts by storm this year, comes to Manchester on Saturday and Sunday with two new classes.

Local crossbreeds are clearly keen to show off in the ring as all spaces for the competition have been filled. Visitors are still welcome to come along and cheer their favourite crossbreed on, in the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition, sponsored by James Wellbeloved at the Manchester Pet Show at EventCity on Saturday 7thand Sunday 8thSeptember.

Dogs such as Archie, a Border Collie/Lurcher cross from Middleton; Tina, a true mixed breed from Stretford; and Billy, an English Springer/Cocker Spaniel cross from Astley are getting ready to take part in the competition which could lead them on the road to Crufts.

Billy is taking part in the Most Handsome Crossbreed class, and owner Karen Higgins is confident, saying: "Billy is very affectionate and loves attention - everywhere we go people say how gorgeous he is. I do think he is a handsome boy and when I saw the advert for Scruffts at Manchester Pet Show I just had to enter him - fingers (and paws) crossed that the judges agree."

Archie and his owner, Katie Beehan will be entering the Most Handsome Crossbreed and Best Rescue classes. Katie says of Archie: "He joined our family a month after my husband and I were married and completed our family unit. We went to Manchester Dogs Home to have a look at the dogs that were available as we wanted to rehome a dog in need.  Archie settled into our family straight away.

"Archie came to us with a bald patch on his back due to a flea allergy. He was 10kg underweight, extremely ill with kennel cough and very nervous - we don't think he had ever lived in a house. Two years on, Archie is fully fit, has a healthy coat and is a fantastic character - he thrives on attention and his playfulness makes him appear to be a puppy rather than his actual age of eight years old."

Tina and her owners, Hazel and Andy McKay are also hoping to do well in the competition. Tina is entered into Prettiest Crossbreed Bitch, Best Rescue and Child's Best Friend classes along with Hazel and Andy's daughter, Jerrica. Hazel says: "We adopted Tina from Dogs Trust Merseyside. Tina was there because her elderly owner had to go into a home and could no longer take care of her. She hadn't been there long when we met her and decided to bring her home. She settled in straight away with our four cats, although they weren't as happy about having a dog in the home as we were. She is mostly well-behaved and is very friendly. She enjoys chasing balls in the park but doesn't always bring them back and likes to pull the stuffing out of her toys."

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 Manchester Pet Show'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 For further information about the Manchester Pet Show, visit


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