Scruffts, the competition that gives crossbreed dogs the
opportunity to compete in the main arena at Crufts, is looking for
Suffolk's top dogs as it comes to the All About Dogs event at
Trinity Park in Ipswich on Saturday 19thApril.
Dogs and owners competing at the heat are hoping to make it
through to the semi-finals, held at Discover Dogs at London's Earls
Court in November, and from there six lucky crossbreed dogs will
qualify for Crufts 2015.
Ipswich has had a reputation in the past for premier
crossbreeds, after Barley, a Pyrenean Mountain Dog/Golden Retriever
cross from the town, and his young owner, Annabel Shemming, made it
all the way to the first ever Scruffts final to be held at Crufts
in 2013. Now all crossbreeds and mixed breed dogs in the area have
the chance to follow in their footsteps as they are invited to take
part in the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition,
sponsored by James Wellbeloved, where all shapes, sizes and ages of
dog are welcome.
Each dog entered in the competition will have a few minutes to
dazzle the judges in one or more of the six competition categories:
Most Handsome Crossbreed Dog, Prettiest Crossbreed Bitch, Child's
Best Friend, Golden Oldie Crossbreed, Best Crossbreed Rescue and
the Good Citizen Dog Scheme class. For entry criteria for
each class, visit www.scruffts.org.uk.
Caroline Kisko, Secretary of the Kennel Club, which organises
the competition, said: "Scruffts 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
"The fun competition is perfect for the whole family to enjoy
and is a great way of socialising dogs and getting to meet other
dog lovers in your area. We are very much looking forward to
seeing Suffolk's wonderful crossbreeds in action."
The All About Dogs show is held on Friday 18thApril (Good
Friday) and Saturday 19thApril, and features everything from
spectacular dog display teams to entertaining fun and games.
Registration for the competition starts from 10am and the
competition begins at 1pm. Entering a dog into Scruffts costs
just £2 per class and all entry money will be split between the
Kennel Club Charitable Trust and the All About Dog's chosen
charity. There is no need to enter in advance, just simply
turn up on the day.
Your Dog magazine is the media sponsor of the competition for
the third 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 All About Dogs at Trinity Park, Suffolk,