Berkshire’s Scruffts’ chance to qualify for Crufts - Saturday April 13th at Newbury Showground

Scruffts, the crossbreed dog competition that took Crufts by storm recently, is hotting up as it comes to the Newbury Showground in Thatcham with two new classes.

Berkshire has a host of special crossbreeds and last year, Breeze, a Bedlington Terrier/Italian Greyhound cross from Reading made it all the way to the semi-final at London’s Discover Dogs. Breeze owned by Katie Van Zyl won the Prettiest Bitch Category at The Autumn Show last year. Katie had always wanted a dog, and waiting until she was sure she could give the right time and energy to a dog she found Breeze and fell in love.

Katie said of her experience of Scruffts with Breeze: “While Breeze is happiest running through fields, destroying her toys & making a massive mess in general, she is still our little princess and we were absolutely thrilled when she won her heat and went on to come third at the semi-final.  There was plenty in it for Breeze too - she got some treats just for entering and many more for winning!  Crossbreeds are fantastic and Scruffts celebrates that really well.”

Now all crossbreeds and mixed breeds in the area have the chance to follow in their footsteps as they are invited to take part in the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition, sponsored by James Wellbeloved, at All About Dogs on Saturday, April 13th - all shapes, sizes and ages of dog are welcome.

The winners from the heat this weekend will be invited to Discover Dogs at Earls Court, London in November where they will compete for a place in the final at Crufts 2014.

As popularity for the competition soars, two new classes have been added to make sure that every crossbreed dog is given their opportunity to shine. Best Crossbreed Rescue and Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme (GCDS) Crossbreed are the two new classes in the Scruffts competition, with the GCDS class open to dogs that have a GCDS certificate at any level. Scruffts traditionalists need not worry as the Most Handsome Dog, Prettiest Crossbreed Bitch, Child’s Best Friend and Golden Oldie categories all return this year.

The Scruffts competition celebrates the love, companionship and often heroic stories of our nation’s crossbreed dogs, and raises 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. The fun competition is also great for socialising dogs and getting to meet other dog lovers in your area.

Caroline Kisko from the Kennel Club, the organisers of the competition said: “Scruffts is fantastic competition which brings the fun of the show ring to crossbreed dogs, whilst raising money for a good cause. It is always a fun event - the dogs and owners love it and it is a great opportunity for them to get out and about socialising together.

“Scruffts was a favourite at Crufts this year and I am looking forward to seeing the six fantastic dogs that will be joining us for the final at Crufts 2014.”

Entering a dog into Scruffts costs just £2 per class and all entry money will be split between the Kennel Club Charitable Trust and the All About Dog’s chosen charity.

Your Dog magazine is the media sponsor of Crufts for the second year running, meaning that the winners of each heat will not only receive delicious James Wellbeloved goodies, but a copy of the latest Your Dog magazine too.

For more information on the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition, please visit For further information about All About Dogs at the Newbury Showground, Berkshire, visit

5th April 2013                                                                              
For journalists who would like further press information, images or interview requests click here. or visit
For press information about James Wellbeloved please contact:
Cressy Brooks 01303 872933 / 07876 162461