Calling all Midlands crossbreeds to compete for the chance to qualify for Crufts 2022

Scruffts, the competition that gives crossbreed dogs the opportunity to compete in the main arena at Crufts, is returning for the first time since the 2020 final to find the next top dog.

The Kennel Club invites all crossbreeds and mixed breed dogs to take part in the Scruffts competition, exclusively supported by pet food makers James Wellbeloved, where all shapes, sizes and ages of dog are welcome (as long as they are over six months).

The second of six heats will take place at Newark Showground, as part of the All About Dogs Show on Sunday 5 September, with registration starting from 11am, and judging from 12.30pm. Entering a dog into Scruffts costs £2 per class, not including entry to the overall show. There is no need to enter in advance, just simply turn up on the day.

Each dog entered in the competition will have a few minutes to wow the judges in one or more of the four competition categories: Most Handsome Crossbreed Dog, Prettiest Crossbreed Bitch, Golden Oldie Crossbreed and the Good Citizen Dog Scheme class. Entry criteria for each class can be found on the Scruffts website.

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

The 'All About Dogs show' is held on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 September and will feature everything from spectacular dog display teams to entertaining fun and games.

The 2020 final at Crufts saw Clooney, a mixed breed, and owners Hannah and Stephen Hayes from Sheffield crowned winners, earning Clooney the title of Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year. Clooney was found in a bad condition, wandering the streets of Romania, before he was rescued by Sirius Animal Rescue and Evermore Dog Rescue. After being nursed back to health, he was taken to a rehoming centre in Nottinghamshire. Having both grown up with dogs, Stephen and Hannah were looking for a dog after moving in together and it was love at first sight when they met Clooney, who greeted them with a wagging tail. More recently, he was even ring bearer at their wedding! This was the first time the trio had entered Scruffts, starting their journey at the local All About Dogs show heat in Newark in 2019.

The four heat winners will receive delicious goodies from James Wellbeloved, the sponsor of Scruffts and ultimately, the four category finalists at next year’s Scruffts Grand Final will each win a year’s supply of James Wellbeloved food for their dog!

Lucy Williams, Marketing Manager for James Wellbeloved said: “Scruffts is a fantastic family competition that is a real celebration of the nation’s family crossbreed dogs. We are so pleased to be able to finally return this year to meet even more inspirational dogs and their owners and we’re looking forward to meeting more amazing dogs throughout this year’s competition.

“James Wellbeloved are very proud to exclusively support Scruffts and we can’t wait to see what the crossbreed dogs of the UK has to offer.”

For more information on the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition, please visit the Scruffts website.