Scruffts, the competition that gives crossbreed dogs the opportunity to compete in the main arena at Crufts, is looking for local top dogs as it comes to Bark in the Park at Crawfordsburn Country Park, Co Down on 22nd July. This will be the only Scruffts heat being held in Northern Ireland.
Dogs and owners competing at the heat are hoping to make it through to the class semi-finals, held at Eukanuba Discover Dogs at ExCeL London on 21st and 22nd October, and from there six lucky crossbreed dogs will qualify for Crufts 2018.
All crossbreeds and mixed breed dogs in the area 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 (as long as they are over six months).
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.
When choosing the winner and runners-up for each class, the judge ensures that the dog has the following qualities:
- Good character
- Good health
- Good personality
- Good temperament with people and other dogs
- Well behaved
Caroline Kisko, Secretary of the Kennel Club, which organises the competition, said: “Following another successful year we are pleased to welcome back our favourite crossbreed competition. Scruffts is an excellent way to recognise the love, companionship and often heroic stories of our nation’s crossbreed dogs. Not only are the heats a fantastic day out for all the family, but they are also a brilliant way to socialise your dog with others in your area. The heats also raise money for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which supports a wide variety of work ranging from research into canine diseases to welfare issues; all making positive differences within the world of dogs.
“We are looking forward to seeing the wonderful crossbreeds in Northern Ireland in action and want to wish all who enter the very best of luck.”
Registration for the competition starts from 11am and the competition begins at 12pm. 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 PDSA, which was chosen by the Bark in the Park organisers. There is no need to enter in advance; just simply turn up on the day.
James Wellbeloved is the sponsor of the competition for the eighth year running, meaning that the winners of each heat will receive delicious James Wellbeloved goodies for their dog.
Alison Sudbury, Marketing Director for sponsors James Wellbeloved said: “Scruffts is a truly wonderful competition; a real celebration of the family crossbreed dogs of the UK. Every year we see some incredible dogs with their dedicated owners; we love to hear their stories and see the fantastic bond between them. On behalf of James Wellbeloved, we’d like to wish everyone who enters the very best of luck on their Scruffts journey. We can’t wait to see what the crossbreed dogs of Northern Ireland have to offer.”