Scruffts is calling for top dogs as heats begin across the UK!

Scruffts is calling for top dogs as heats begin across the UK!

Scruffts, the competition that gives crossbreed dogs the opportunity to compete in the main arena at Crufts, is looking for top dogs as it goes to 15 different heats all across the UK.

Dogs and owners competing at each of the heats are hoping to make it through to the class semi-finals, held at Eukanuba Discover Dogs at ExCeL London in 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.

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.

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: “Scruffts is a fantastic competition celebrating the love, companionship and often heroic stories of our nation’s crossbreed dogs. These heats also raise 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".

Entering a dog into Scruffts costs just £2 per class and all entry money will be split between the Kennel Club Charitable Trust and each heat’s chosen charity. There is no need to enter in advance — just 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 fantastic James Wellbeloved goodies for their dog. All competitors who enter will also receive a pack of James Wellbeloved treats.

To find out more or to find a heat near you, visit the Scruffts website.