Scruffts is the nation’s favourite crossbreed competition and is a great way to enjoy time with your dog and family. A crossbreed is a dog of mixed blood, whose parents are of two different breeds, or a mixture of several breeds. Whilst Scruffts is a fun competition, opportunities are taken to stress the important messages relating to responsible dog ownership. Therefore, when choosing the winner and runner-ups for each class, the judge ensures that the dog has the following qualities:
Throughout the year, heats of the popular Scruffts contest, which is supported by pet food makers James Wellbeloved, take place at events around the country in search of crossbreeds with that extra special something. The winners of the classes from each heat will be invited to Eukanuba Discover Dogs at ExCeL, London where they will take part in the semi-final. The winners of the semi-final classes will then be invited to compete in the grand final at Crufts at the NEC, Birmingham.
More than 1,800 dogs took part in the Scruffts heats this year, raising £1,900 for both the Kennel Club Charitable Trust and each event’s chosen charity. Each competitor receives James Wellbeloved treats.
The heats for Scruffts 2016 have been announced. Please see the table below.
There’s no need to register or enter in advance (Pre Entry is required for National Pet Show London); just simply turn up on the day at any of the heats listed and your crossbreed dog could dazzle the judge. There are six classes to enter:
*(handled by a young person between 6 and 16 years of age)
Entry to each class is just £2 and all the money raised goes to each heat's chosen charity and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust to help make a difference for dogs.
PLEASE NOTE: Some heats are very busy and due to time constraints we are limited to a maximum of 30 dogs per class.
You abide by the Regulations of the Show not to bring to the Show any dog which has contracted or has been knowingly exposed to any infectious or contagious disease during the 21 days prior to the show or which is suffering from a visible condition which adversely affects its health or welfare.
No dog present in the Scruffts Competition should ever have been subject to a Court Control Order or a Contingent Destruction Order under the Dogs Act 1871 or the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act. The dog owner may be required to assist the Kennel Club in verification of this aspect from time to time.
Scruffts is run in support of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which has awarded over £9m worth of grants to benefit dogs since its inception in 1987. The Trust awards grants to welfare organisations which make a difference to dogs’ lives, and also provides financial support to canine scientific research and support charities.
|Show||Location||Date||Registration opens from||Judging starts at|
|All About Dogs||Newbury Showground, Hermitage, Thatcham||10th April||1030||1230|
|Pedwar Pawen Companion Dog Show||Bodelwyddan Community Playing Fields||2nd May||1130||1400|
|National Pet Show London
Classes are now FULL
|ExCel, One Western Gateway, London||7th & 8th May||1030||1215|
|South Wales Dog & Family Fun Day||Fonmon Castle, Fonmon, Nr Barry, Vale of Glamorgan||30th May||1030||1230|
|Great North Dog Walk
||The Leas, South Shields||5th June||0930||1230|
|Finnish Lapphund CDC show||Byfield Rd, Priors Marston||18th June||1100||1300|
|Hellidon Village Fete||Stockwell Lane, Hellidon Village, Northamptonshire||25th June||1100||1300|
|Just Dogs Live||Peterborough Arena, East of England Showground||9th July||1000||1230|
|Bark in the Park||Crawfordsburn Country Park, Co Down, N. Ireland||23rd July||1100||1230|
|Beth Dog Show||Greenways Field, London Road (A20), West Malling Kent ME19 5AN||30th July||1030||1330|
|Gables Farm Open Day||204 Merafield Road, Plymouth||30th July||1100||1200|
|International Agility Festival||Rockingham Castle, Market Harborough, Leicestershire||13th August||1100||1230|
|Scottish Kennel Club||Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston House, Edinburgh||27th August||1030||1230|
(Held in conjunction with Thame Horse and Country Show)
|Thame Showground, Kingsey Road, Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9 3JL||15th September||1100||1230|
|Event City, Manchester||1st & 2nd October||1000||1230|
Bella, a Lurcher cross owned by Helen Lewis from Stoughton, Guildford (pictured right, credit: © OnEdition / The Kennel Club) has won the Scruffts Family Crossbreed of the Year title at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts!
Originally a stray from Govan in Glasgow, when Bella was brought into the Dogs Trust centre at Harefield, Greater London, she was covered in injuries and had been starved close to death. With a lot of dedication and tender loving care, Bella transformed in to an impeccably well-behaved and loving dog.
Proud owner Helen said:
“I don’t believe it, I’m speechless. Crufts is really something special, it’s not just a dog show, it’s so much more as proved yesterday. I can’t believe it!”
For the full winner’s story click here.
To view the 2015 Scruffts finalists, click here.
For Q & A with the Scruffts 2015 winner, click here.
Free James Wellbeloved treats for each dog that enters a Scruffts heat (subject to availability, no cash alternative).
If you have any queries, please call the Scruffts hotline number open 9.00 to 17.00 Monday to Friday.
Scruffts Hotline: 01296 318540 ext. 320