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
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
"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
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
"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 www.scruffts.org.uk. For
further information about the Manchester Pet Show, visit www.manchesterpetshow.com.