Buckinghamshire Scruffts’ Chance To Qualify For Crufts

Scruffts, the crossbreed dog competition that took Crufts by storm this year, comes to Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire on Sunday with two new classes.

Crossbreeds are invited to take part in the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition, sponsored by James Wellbeloved at the Hearing Dogs Summer Show at The Grange in Saunderton, Princes Risborough on Sunday 15thSeptember.

Dogs such as Millie, a rescue dog from Iver, have already been signed up for the heat and are getting ready to take part in the competition which could lead them on the road to Crufts. The winners will be invited to the prestigious Discover Dogs event at Earls Court, London in November where they will compete for a place in the final at Crufts 2014.

Millie is taking part in the Scrufffts Child's Best Friend and Best Crossbreed Rescue classes. In the Child's Best Friend class she will be joined by ten year old Jessica Bates who has helped to train Millie. Jessica's mum, Dia Bates, tells Millie's story: "We were Millie's fourth home and sadly she had very bad fear aggression so would attack every dog she would see. She had very little training, no toilet training and very bad recall. Between Jessica and I, we have worked very hard with Millie.

"Jessica and Millie have attended obedience classes together and Jessica takes Millie to shows regularly where she will quite happily sit in the ring next to another dog. She does still wear a bandana saying 'I need space' and this is part of the Yellow Dog campaign, which asks people to respect Millie's space. We would be lost without Millie she has pulled our family closer together.  Millie has now become so good with other dogs that we were able to adopt two more dogs, who she lives happily with."

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's always a fun event - the dogs and owners love it and it is a great opportunity for them to get out and about socialising together.

"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 Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

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 Hearing Dogs Summer Show, please visit: www.hearingdogs.org.uk/fundraising/events/hearing-dogs-late-summer-show.


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