Becky, a 7 year old mongrel from County Down, Northern Ireland has today, (Friday March 8th) been named the Scruffts Family Crossbreed of the Year at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts.
For the first time in its twelve year history, Scruffts, sponsored by James Wellbeloved, culminated in a final at Crufts, at the Birmingham NEC. Judge, Pam St Clement, best known as Pat Butcher from EastEnders had the difficult task of selecting the winner from the four worthy finalists.
Becky and owner Margaret McKnight qualified at Discover Dogs last year after winning the class final of the Prettiest Bitch class. She competed at Crufts against fellow class final winners, Alfie, Barley and Rascal before being crowned as the winner in the Main Arena of the world-famous show.
Scruffts is the nation’s favourite annual crossbreed competition, organised by the Kennel Club and sponsored by James Wellbeloved. Heats take place around the country throughout the year, with the four class finals for the competition taking place at the Kennel Club’s Discover Dogs event at Earls Court in November. The final of the prestigious Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition took place at Crufts for the first time in 2013.
Owner, Margaret McKnight was delighted with their win, saying: “I still can’t believe it - my rescue dog ended up in the main arena at Crufts! She coped so well with the crowd and acted like a complete professional. It really was wonderful to have a showcase for crossbreeds at Crufts and have a platform to show how wonderful they can be, especially rescue dogs.
“All of the finalists were brilliant and got on so well. I do feel all of the finalists are taking home the winning dog.”
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “The Scruffts final was extra special this year as it took place at Crufts for the very first time. All the finalists were wonderful and we would like to congratulate Margaret and Becky on their win. The bond that they both share is really moving to watch and they are thoroughly deserving winners.
“Scruffts has been going for twelve years and is now a well established competition enjoyed by crossbreed dog owners who want to share the wonderful stories about their dogs and the relationship they have with them. We are pleased to be able to bring it to Crufts so that the competitors can share the stage with the other dogs, crossbreed and purebred alike, that compete across the full range of Crufts competitions. We look forward to seeing the event take place at Crufts again next year.”
Scruffts is the nation’s favourite annual crossbreed competition, which provides great fun for owners and their dogs. Good character, health and temperament with people and other dogs are the qualities that are looked for in the following four classes: Most Handsome Crossbreed dog, Prettiest Bitch, Child’s Best Friend and Golden Oldie Crossbreed.
The competition is run in support of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which works to help make a difference for dogs by funding a wide variety of work ranging from supporting research into canine diseases to welfare initiatives and the promotion of dogs; all of which help to provide dogs with healthier and happier lives.
The Scruffts Family Crossbreed of the Year Grand Final is just one of the exciting events that took place at Crufts. To discover more and find out further information about Scruffts and heats happening in 2013, please visit www.scruffts.org.uk.
For more information visit www.crufts.org.uk or go to http://www.w-w-i.com/crufts_2013/ for free downloadable images from Crufts 2013.
8th March 2013