66 crossbreed dogs and their owners took part in the four Scruffts heats at the London Pet Show, raising money for dogs through the Kennel Club Charitable Trust.
Gorgeous 11 month old Golden Retriever/Poodle cross, Blizzard from Guildford was named Most Handsome Dog and beautiful 5 year-old Bearded Collie cross Missy, from Newcastle-under-Lyme was named Prettiest Bitch. Harry Thrower, aged 9 from Essex, and his Pug cross, Treacle melted the heart of judge Diana King to win Child’s Best Friend, and veteran Little Miss Naughty Kiss Me Kate, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel cross owned by Doris Day from Canvey Island, Essex, not only won Golden Oldie but also came third in the Prettiest Bitch class.
Richard Davies, owner of Blizzard, was over the moon - he said: “Blizzard has proved to have inherited some of the best traits of the two breeds - affectionate, loyal, obedient and eager to please. He loves to play with our children and they have taught him many skills, including jumping through hoops!
“He loves his walks, especially if with another doggy friend, and if not walking or playing, will otherwise be found flopped at your feet.”
The excited owner of Missy, Anna Drinkwater said: “I rescued Missy when she was 11 months old and I was her third home. We do agility for fun and also do a few tricks, although nowhere near as good as Pudsey! She is extremely confident, revels in attention and loves being in the limelight! She is also a brilliant foster mum as we have had three foster dogs come stay with us, two on behalf of the Cinnamon Trust, and our current foster puppy who we are looking after in order to provide respite care for a family.”
All four dogs and their owners have now qualified for the Scruffts Crossbreed Family Dog of the Year Final which will take place at Discover Dogs in Earls Court. For more information about Scruffts, visit: www.scruffts.org.uk.
18th May 2012
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Notes to Editors:
The Kennel Club is the largest organisation in the UK devoted to dog health, welfare and training. Its objective is to ensure that dogs live healthy, happy lives with responsible owners.
It runs the country’s largest registration database for both pedigree and crossbreed dogs and the Petlog database, which is the UK’s largest reunification service for microchipped animals. The Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme is the only scheme in the UK that monitors and sets standards for breeders, in order to protect the welfare of puppies and breeding bitches. It also runs the UK’s largest dog training programme, the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme and licenses shows and clubs across a wide range of activities, which help dog owners to bond and enjoy life with their dogs. The Kennel Club runs the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, and the Discover Dogs event at Earls Court, London, which is a fun family day out that educates people about how to buy responsibly and care for their dog.
The Kennel Club invests the money that it makes from registrations and its Petlog identification database into its dog training and education programmes, welfare campaigns and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which supports dog welfare charities and research into dog diseases. The Kennel Club jointly runs health screening schemes with the British Veterinary Association and, through the Charitable Trust, funds the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust, which is at the forefront of pioneering research into dog health.