London's Scruffts' chance to qualify for Crufts

Scruffts, the crossbreed dog competition that took Crufts by storm recently, is hotting up as it comes to the London Pet Show at Earls Court with two new classes.

All crossbreeds and mixed breeds in London are invited to take part in the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition, sponsored by James Wellbeloved, in the Discover Dogs Area at the London Pet Show. There will be heats on both the Saturday May 11th and Sunday 12th, to give all visitors the chance to take part - all shapes, sizes and ages of dog are welcome.

Springer Spaniel/Collie cross, Fianna, from Primrose Hill knows what it takes to be a Scruffts winner after making it all the way to the semi final at Discover Dogs last November. Fianna’s owner Lucy Sheppard explains what makes Scruffts so special: “Scruffts attracts such a wonderful array of dogs - it is a lovely competition and every dog has their own individual look, character and story. Fianna, is a great example of a Scruffts participant - she is a beautiful lady and has a wonderful nature, so you can’t help falling for her as soon as you meet her.

“Fianna hasn’t always had the wonderful life she does now. She was rescued from an Irish puppy farm by Dundalk Dogs Rescue and came to us from the Lea Valley Dog Rescue. As a Springer Spaniel/Collie cross, she has plenty of energy - she is the fastest in the park, but when she came to us she was too nervous to walk through a door. Scruffts celebrates all crossbreed dogs, and dogs like Fianna deserve their time in the spotlight.”

The winners from the heats 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 twelve 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 London Pet Show’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.

Scruffts competitors at the London Pet Show must register in advance - to download an application form, please visit For further information about the London Pet Show, visit
1st May 2013