Crufts welcomes Scruffts

Crossbreed dogs will be sharing the limelight with their pedigree pals at the world’s greatest dog show next year, with the grand final of Scruffts taking place at Crufts 2013.

For the first time in its twelve year history, the famous crossbreed dog competition run by the Kennel Club will culminate at Crufts at the NEC in Birmingham. The winners of the four Scruffts categories - Child’s Best Friend, Golden Oldie, Prettiest Crossbreed Bitch and Most Handsome Crossbreed Dog – are being invited to Crufts to battle it out for the ultimate title of Scruffts Family Crossbreed of the Year.

Crossbreed dogs certainly aren’t new to Crufts - they have been taking part in the show for many years in activities such as agility and flyball. However, this is the first time a crossbreed only event will be taking place at the world's greatest dog show.

Scruffts, sponsored by James Wellbeloved, has held heats across the UK over the course of the year and the winners of each category in every heat have been invited to Discover Dogs in London to compete in the class finals on Saturday 10th November. Winners of the four classes at Discover Dogs will now go on to Crufts 2013, where they will compete for the overall Scruffts title.

Caroline Kisko, Secretary of the Kennel Club, which runs Crufts, said: “Scruffts is a fantastic competition and we’re very much looking forward to seeing the four class winners come to Crufts for the final next year. We have had some fantastic Scruffts champions in the past and I am sure we can expect to see a really special dog take the title once again.”
There is still time to qualify for the Scruffts class finals, with heats taking place at CSJ Canine Max 2012 in Cirencester Park on Saturday 13th October and the East of England Autumn Show in Peterborough on Sunday 14th October.

Crufts is a celebration of man’s best friend - each year around 26,500 dogs come to the four day event to compete for the Best in Show title and take part in a range of other activities. Crufts attracts over 145,000 people each year and is watched by many more around the world. Introducing the Scruffts final to Crufts 2013 is a major opportunity to showcase how special all the nation’s dogs are.

25th September 2012

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Notes To Editors
Discover Dogs
Discover Dogs, which is sponsored by Eukanuba and Metro Bank, is taking place at Earls Court on November 10th and 11th and will host the class finals of Scruffts on Saturday 10th. Winners of each class final will then go on to compete at the grand final at Crufts, which is sponsored by Royal Canin and James Wellbeloved, and is taking place at the NEC in Birmingham from 8th - 11th  March 2013.
The Kennel Club organises the national Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition, which is sponsored by James Wellbeloved. Entry fees for Scruffts go directly to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust which funds a wide variety of work ranging from scientific and research grants to welfare initiatives, all of which are giving dogs healthier and happier lives.

The Kennel Club has registered crossbreed dogs for over 50 years through the Activity Register or Companion Dog Club.
The Kennel Club
The Kennel Club is the largest organisation in the UK devoted to dog health, welfare and training. Its objective is to ensure that dogs live healthy, happy lives with responsible owners.
It runs the country’s largest registration database for both pedigree and crossbreed dogs and the Petlog database, which is the UK’s largest reunification service for microchipped animals. The Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme is the only scheme in the UK that monitors and sets standards for breeders, in order to protect the welfare of puppies and breeding bitches. It also runs the UK’s largest dog training programme, the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme and licenses shows and clubs across a wide range of activities, which help dog owners to bond and enjoy life with their dogs. The Kennel Club runs the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, and the Discover Dogs event at Earls Court, London, which is a fun family day out that educates people about how to buy responsibly and care for their dog.

The Kennel Club invests in welfare campaigns, dog training and education programmes and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which supports research into dog diseases and dog welfare charities, including Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisations that re-home dogs throughout the UK. The Kennel Club jointly runs health screening schemes with the British Veterinary Association and through the Charitable Trust, funds the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust, which is at the forefront of pioneering research into dog health.
James Wellbeloved
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