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Scruffts 2016: Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year

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. 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. 

Scruffts 2016 Finalists

This year’s Scruffts competition attracted over 1,400 crossbreeds and their owners, but just six have made it all the way, winning a place in the final at Crufts for the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year final next year.

Dog judge Marina Scott had the tough decision to choose just one winner for each of the six classes over the two days. The winners were:

The six dogs are now getting ready to compete at Crufts 2017, which will be held at the NEC Birmingham next March, where the judges will be making the difficult decision of choosing the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year.

More about the 2016 Scruffts Finalists


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.

When choosing the winner and runner-ups for each class, the judge ensures that the dog has the following qualities:

How to enter

Please note that the heats for 2016 are now over and the finalists have been chosen for the grand finale at Crufts 2017. You can however register your interest for the 2017 heats and we will email you once they are announced next year.

Register your interest for the 2017 Scruffts heats
Sponsored by James Wellbeloved

James Wellbeloved - official sponsor of Scruffts

James Wellbeloved is the sponsor of the competition - generously supplying the winners of each heat with delicious James Wellbeloved goodies for their dog. Alison Sudbury, Marketing Director for James Wellbeloved said: “Scruffts is such a great competition and truly celebrates the love between owner and canine."

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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. 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. 

Find out more about the Kennel Club Charitable Trust