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Is your crossbred the next Scruffts family dog of the year?


Last year’s winner Scampie, owned by 11-year old Laura Moreno-Chamorro from Plymouth


Scruffts is the nation’s favourite competition for crossbreed dogs and owners who think that their dog fits the bill are being encouraged to compete this year. The Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition is organised by the Kennel Club, with all money raised from this prestigious contest going to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust.

The first heat of Scruffts 2006 took place at the National Arboretum at Westonbirt, Gloucestershire in February and demonstrated the event’s popularity with a bumper entry of around 200 dogs. There are still plenty more opportunities to impress the judges and win a place in the Grand Final, which will take place at Discover Dogs at Earls Court 2, London on Sunday 12th November 2006.

Further heats have been confirmed for the following events and locations:

13/14 May All About Dogs, Brentwood, Essex; 4 June MyPetStop, Leeds; 1 July MyPetStop, Manchester; 2 July Swansea Valley Agricultural Show, Pontardawe; 15 July Durham County Agricultural Society; 16 July Town & Country Show, Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire; 29 July Gables Farm Open Day, Plymouth; 30 July CLA Game Fair, Broadlands, Romsey; 5 August Wag & Bone Show, Windsor; 27 August Town & Country Festival, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire; 3 September PDSA Dog Show, Wirral; 8 September East of England Autumn Show, Peterborough; 9 September Gayton Companion Dog Show, Gayton, Northants; 10 September RSPCA Party in the Park, Halifax; 10 September Battersea Reunion, Battersea; 23/24 September Paws in the Park, Hop Farm Country Park, Kent.

There will be four different classes for entrants to compete in at each of the heats and contestants may enter as many as their dog is eligible for. The four categories to be judged are as follows:

Most Handsome Crossbreed Dog (6 months – 7 years)
Prettiest Crossbreed Bitch (6 months – 7 years)
Child’s Best Friend* (6 months – 12 years)
Golden Oldie Crossbreed (8 years and over )
* (handled by a young person between 6 and 16 years of age)
^ (age limit subject to organisers’ discretion)

Scruffts is a fun competition and judges will be checking for dogs that have good character, good health and good temperament with people and other dogs, as well as winning looks.

Entering a crossbreed dog into a Scruffts heat is simple. There’s no need to register or enter in advance; simply turn up on the day at any of the heats listed for the chance to dazzle the judges and win a place in the Grand Final. Entry to each class is just £1 and all the money raised goes to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust to help ‘make a difference for dogs’.

For further information on the competition and to see all the latest information on the heats, please visit the Scruffts website: www.scruffts.org.uk, ring the Scruffts Hotline on 020 7518 1012 or email apeters@the-kennel-club.org.uk