10 - 13 March 2022, The NEC Birmingham


Scruffts sponsored by James WellbelovedScruffts, sponsored by James Wellbeloved, is the nation’s favourite crossbreed competition and is a great way to enjoy time with your dog and family! While the emphasis is on fun, Scruffts also seeks to stress important messages relating to responsible dog ownership.

Find out everything you need to know below about eligibility, competing and entering a Scruffts heat. 

Eligibility for entry
  • Scruffts is a competition for crossbreed dogs only. (As of 1 April 2016, The Kennel Club has recognised the Jack Russell Terrier as a pedigree breed. Therefore Jack Russell Terriers who are fully registered with The Kennel Club will not be eligible for Scruffts)
  • Dogs must be over 6 months of age to enter a Scruffts class
  • 1st place winners in each class are eligible for the semi final at Crufts
  • Dogs over 12 years of age who wish to enter the class golden oldie will be subject to the show organisers’ discretion
  • Under the law docked dogs are not permitted to enter Scruffts
  • Scruffts rosettes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each class. However, in the event of a 1st place winner not being able to attend the final, or having already qualified, then 2nd place winners will be invited to attend in their place
  • Classes may be restricted to 40 per class, dependent on show organisers/ring programmes or other factors, including the weather

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.

How to enter heats 2021

You must enter in advance for the Scruffts heat at Discover Dogs. You can book your place here.

Payment will be taken on the day of the event with entry being £2 per class*. Due to restrictions, we will only be accepting 40 dogs per class.


  • Most Handsome Crossbreed Dog (6 months – 8 years)
  • Prettiest Crossbreed Bitch (6 months – 8 years)
  • Golden Oldie Crossbreed (8+ years)
  • GCDS Crossbreed Class (for entrants that have a GCDS certificate at any level)

*This does not cover entry to the event itself. Please see event websites below for entry information.

2021 heats for finals being held at Crufts 2022

Heats are held throughout the year around the country, in search of crossbreeds with that extra special something. They’re supported by pet food makers James Wellbeloved. 

Some classes are split across 2 show days so please make sure you read the information below.

Show Location Date and time of show
Newbury - All About Dogs Show Newbury Showground, Hermitage, Thatcham, RG18 9QZ

1 August 2021

Registration from 11:00 

Judging starts 12:30

Newark - All About Dogs Shows Newark Showground, Newark, Notts, NG24 2NY

5 September 2021

Registration from 11:00 

Judging starts 12:30

Dogfest West 

Saturday 18 September  - Most Handsome Dog and Golden Oldie

Sunday 19 September - Prettiest Bitch and GCDS

The Bathurst Estate, Cirencester Park, Cirencester, GL7 2BU

18-19 September 2021

Registration from 12:00

Judging starts 15:00

Dogfest North 

Saturday 25 September - Most Handsome Dog and Golden Oldie

Sunday 26 September - Prettiest Bitch and GCDS

Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN (Sat Nav WA16 6SG)

25-26 September 2021

Registration from 12:00

Judging starts 15:00

Paws in the Park

Saturday 9 October - Most Handsome Dog and Golden Oldie

Sunday 10 October - Prettiest Bitch and GCDS

South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex, RH17 6TL

9-10 October 2021

Registration from 11:00

Judging starts 13:00

Discover Dogs

Saturday 20 November - Most Handsome Dog and Golden Oldie

Sunday 21 November - Prettiest Bitch and GCDS

ExCeL London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL












20 November 2021 - Judging timings 

Most Handsome Dog - 12:00 

Golden Oldie - 12:45

21 November 2021 - Judging timings 

Prettiest Bitch - 12:00 

 Good Citizen Dog Scheme - 12:45

Covid-19 measures

Please regularly check the latest government advice across EnglandScotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and continually assess your own situation based on this information and where you are in the UK. The Kennel Club is in regular contact with Defra to keep up to date on developments.

Guidance for pet owners is available from the UK governmentWelsh GovernmentScottish Government and Northern Irish Government.

To find out more about how to look after your dog during this time, visit The Kennel Club website.

Hot weather
  • If your dog looks like they’re struggling in the heat, head to the nearest shaded area (this includes our marquee) and alert a member of the show organiser team. Owners should be aware of the signs of heat stress and how to keep your dog cool. Some dogs are more prone than others (e.g. those with short, flat faces, overweight, old or young dogs, as well as those with thick coats)
  • Be aware of the signs of overheating in dogs, which include panting, disorientation, excessive thirst, dark gums, vomiting, diarrhoea and losing consciousness
  • In the event that the events team and the trainers feel the conditions are not conducive to dogs’ welfare, we reserve the right to cancel the event at short notice

Contact us

If you have any queries, please call the Scruffts hotline number (01296 318540 ext. 320), which is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Alternatively, please email scruffts@thekennelclub.org.uk.