Hampshire Scruffts’ Chance To Qualify For Crufts

Scruffts, the crossbreed dog competition that took Crufts by storm this year, comes to Eastleigh, Hampshire on Saturday 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 Eastleigh Borough Council's Dog Fun Day at The Parkland, Eastleigh on Saturday 14thSeptember.

Dogs such as Mitzi, a Jack Russell/Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross from Eastleigh and Alfie, a Labrador/Poodle cross from Southampton 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.

Mitzi is taking part in the Scruffts Prettiest Crossbreed Bitch and Best Crossbreed Rescue classes alongside owner Andrea Hawkins. Andrea explains: "I got Mitzi from Blue Cross where she was taken by her previous owner at five months old. She is now six years old and is full of energy - perfect for me. Together we have worked towards the Kennel Club's Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme Awards and Mitzi has passed her bronze, silver and gold awards. Mitzi comes to work with me every day and she loves nothing more than chasing balls, swimming and, most importantly, jumping on my lap for a cuddle in the evenings."

Alfie is taking part in the Scruffts Most Handsome Crossbreed class, and owners Swan Gan-Marsh and Dave Marsh believe Alfie is a winner no matter what. Swan says: "Alfie is our best friend and companion - he is a very laid back dog and has the best nature you could ask for. Alfie is a registered Pet As Therapy dog and currently visits two homes in the New Forest area. As well as helping others, he helps me too as my husband works away a lot and Alfie has become a wonderful companion to me and takes care of me."

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 Eastleigh Borough Council's chosen charity.

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 Eastleigh Borough Council's Dog Fun Day, visit www.eastleigh.gov.uk/waste-recycling-environment/environmental--health/dogs/dog-fun-day.aspx.


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