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Scruffts: Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year

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 how to take part

This year’s Scruffts competition attracted over 1,200 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.

The finalists are:


Upcoming Scruffts Heats 2019:

Further information on heats for 2019 will be available in the Spring.  

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