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Scruffts: 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.

Find out more:

Previous Scruffts heats 

How to enter


Scruffts Winner

Congratulations to Jack, a Shih Tzu/Maltese cross owned by 16 year-old Young Kennel Club (YKC) member Josie Baldwin from Deal, Kent who won the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year title at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts on Saturday 10th March.

Thrilled Josie said: “It's amazing to win. I thought I would be nervous but I was really excited. I never thought I would be competing at Crufts and I really didn't expect to win. Jack is amazing, there’s no other dog like him.”

Upcoming Scruffts Heats:

Scruffts is back for 2018 and the heats are now LIVE! Please see below for upcoming Scruffts Heats. 

Previous Scruffts Heats:

Below is a list of previous Scruffts Heats for 2018.




Registration from

Judging starts

All About Dogs - Newbury

Newbury Showground, Hermitage, Thatcham

15th April



All About Dogs - Newark

Newark Showground, Newark, Notts, NG24 2NY

22nd April



Pedwar Pawen DTC

Prestatyn Market Ground, Gas Lane, Prestatyn, LL19 7SE

7th May



Bath Championship Show

Three Shires Field, Bannerdown, Bath BA1 8EG

26th May



All About Dogs - Essex

Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex

28th May



Great North Dog Walk (South Shields)

The Leas, South Shields, NE33 2JH

3rd June



Just Dogs Live- Peterborough

Peterborough Arena, East of England Showground

7th July



Beths Dog Show

Greenways Field, A20 London Road, West Malling, Kent, ME19 5AN

21st July



Bark in the Park, (Co Down N.Ireland)

Crawfordsburn Country Park, Co Down, N. Ireland, BT19 1JT

21st July



Gables Farm Open Day (Plymouth)

204 Merafield Road, Plymouth, Devon, PL7 1UQ

28th July



CountryFile Live (Saturday)
11.45 – 12.30 – Golden Oldie

13.15 – 14.00 – Good Citizen Class

14.45 – 15.30 – Most Handsome Crossbreed Dog

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire

4th August



CountryFile Live (Sunday)

11.45 – 12.30 – Best Crossbreed Rescue

13.00 – 13.45 – Child’s Best Friend

14.30 – 15.15 – Prettiest Crossbreed Bitch

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire

5th August



International Agility Festival (Corby)

Rockingham Castle, Market Harborough, Leicestershire

11th August



Scottish Kennel Club (SKC - Edinburgh)

Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston House, Edinburgh, EH28 8NB

25th August



Foxash Fun Dog show

Waldegraves Holioday Park, Waldegraves Lane, Colchester, C05 8SE

*note to exhibitors, due to high tide, those need to be on site for 11:45.

8th September 



The Family Pet Show

Saturday -
12:30 Prettiest Crossbreed Bitch (6 months – 8 years)

13:00 Childs Best Friend (Handler aged 6 – 16 years)

13:30 Good Citizen Dog Scheme – Crossbreed Class (for entrants that have a GCDS certificate at any level)


12:30 Most Handsome Crossbreed Dog (6 months – 8 years)

13:00 Best Crossbreed Rescue

13:30 Golden Oldie Crossbreed (8 years +)

Event City, Manchester

6th & 7th October




Register your interest

How to enter

Entries are taken on the day. 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.

There are six classes to enter:

*(handled by a young person between 6 and 16 years of age)

PLEASE NOTE: Some heats are very busy and due to time constraints we are limited to a maximum of 40 dogs per class. Hosting shows may require fees upon entry. 

Eligibility for entry:

Please make sure that:

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.

In hot weather:


The winners of the classes from each heat will be invited to 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:

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."

Visit the James Wellbeloved website

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