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Scruffts 2016: Could your dog be the next Scruffts star?

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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.

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How to enter

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.

Eligibility for entry:

Please make sure that:

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 supports the Kennel Club Charitable Trust

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.

2016 heats

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
Thame Show
(Held in conjunction with Thame Horse and Country Show)
Thame Showground, Kingsey Road, Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9 3JL 15th September 1100 1230

The Family Pet Show

Heat timetable here

Event City, Manchester 1st & 2nd October 1000 1230


Scruffts 2015 winner’s story

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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.

Official sponsor of Scruffts:

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Free Treats!

Free James Wellbeloved treats for each dog that enters a Scruffts heat (subject to availability, no cash alternative).


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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