The heats for the UK's biggest crossbreed competition kick off this weekend!
Scruffts, which gives crossbreed dogs the chance to compete in the main arena at Crufts, is back and looking for local top dogs as it comes to the All About Dogs event at the Newbury Showground, Hermitage, Berkshire on Sunday 9 April.
All crossbreeds and mixed breed dogs in the area are invited to take part in the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition. Each dog 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.
The winner of the heat will go through to the class semi-finals, held at Eukanuba Discover Dogs at ExCeL London on 21 and 22 October, where six finalists will be chosen for Crufts 2018.
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 canine friend with other dogs 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 Newbury and the surrounding areas in action and want to wish all who enter the very best of luck."
The 2016 winner Border Collie/German Shepherd cross, Biscuit, and his owner Joshua King, were crowned in the Genting Arena at Crufts on 11 March 2017. If you think you've got what it takes then come along to one of the heats! At the Berkshire heat, registration for the competition starts from 10am and the competition begins at 12:30pm. 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 All About Dogs chosen charity, the Nottingham & Yorkshire Boxer Rescue service. There is no need to enter in advance, just simply turn up on the day.
James Wellbeloved is sponsoring the competition for the eighth year running, meaning that the winners of each heat will receive delicious James Wellbeloved goodies for their dog.
"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 Berkshire have to offer."
For more information on the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition, please visit http://www.crufts.org.uk/content/whats-on/scruffts/.
Main photo: Biscuit and Joshua take the trophy. Copyright onEdition 2017