This year’s Scruffts competition attracted over 1,400 crossbreeds and their owners, but just six have made it all the way, winning a place in the final at Crufts for the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year final next year.
The semi-finals took place at London’s biggest dog event, Eukanuba Discover Dogs at ExCeL London over the weekend of October 22nd and 23rd, with talented dogs and passionate owners coming together to compete for a place at the world’s greatest dog show.
Dog judge Marina Scott had the tough decision to choose just one winner for each of the six classes over the two days. The winners were:
- Most Handsome Dog: King Tommy, owned by Monique Nerman from Totnes, Devon
- Good Citizen Dog Scheme: Biscuit, owned by Joshua King from Prestatyn, Denbighshire
- Golden Oldie: Vinny, shown by Sarah Atkins and owned by Susan Atkins from Bedworth, Warwickshire
- Prettiest Bitch: Ginny, owned by Judy Rigby from Stockport, Cheshire
- Child’s Best Friend: Bonnie, owned by Grace Mead from Connah’s Quay, Flintshire
- Best Rescue: Fleur, owned by Wendy Morris from Ropley, Hampshire
The six dogs are now getting ready to compete at Crufts 2017, which will be held at the NEC Birmingham next March, where the judges will be making the difficult decision of choosing the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year.
Throughout the year, heats of the popular Scruffts contest, which is supported by pet food makers James Wellbeloved, have taken place at events around the country in search of crossbreeds with that extra special something.
More than 1,400 dogs have taken part in the Scruffts heats this year, raising over £4,000 for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust and each event’s chosen charity. None of the dogs left empty handed, as all competitors received a James Wellbeloved goody bag which included tasty treats, toys and a blanket.
James Wellbeloved marketing director Alison Sudbury said: “Many congratulations to all six wonderful finalists who have made it through to the Scruffts final in the main arena at Crufts next year. It was an exciting competition and was no doubt an extremely difficult decision for the judge as everyone was on top form! We’d like to congratulate everyone who took part in the heats and semi-final stages – it’s so fantastic to see the bond that these crossbreeds have with their owners.”
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “Our congratulations go to all six incredible finalists – we are honoured to have them join us at Crufts next year. We hope they enjoy every moment in the lead up to the world’s biggest dog show – they truly deserve it.”
Scruffts is run in support of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which has donated over £10m worth of grants to benefit the canine world since its inception in 1987. Its mission is to ‘make a difference for dogs’ through charitable grants and helping to fund research into canine health problems.
To find out more about Scruffts, please visit this web page.
To learn more about Crufts, please visit www.crufts.org.uk.