Taking place on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May, the Scruffts heats, sponsored by James Wellbeloved, will see crossbreed dogs centre stage in the Discover Dogs area at the London Pet Show. They will be competing in several fun Scruffts dog classes and the winners of each class will be invited to return to Earls Court for the Scruffts final at Discover Dogs this November.
London Pet Show is in its second year - after a successful first year, it is moving to the bigger and better space of Earls Court. The event promises to be full of animals including dogs, cats, small furries, fish, birds and reptiles.
Charlotte Mann from James Wellbeloved said: “Scruffts is always a fun event, the dogs and owners love it. At the final last year, we had a host of celebrities judge and even the Blue Peter dog, Barney came to see what it was all about. Every competitor also leaves with some James Wellbeloved food too, which is always very well received by our beautiful crossbreed competitors.
“We are very excited for our previous Scruffts winner Ashleigh, who will be performing in the final of Britain’s Got Talent on Saturday with her dog Pudsey.”
The Scruffts competition, celebrates the love, companionship and often heroic stories of our nation’s crossbreed dogs, and it raises money for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust. The fun competition is also great for socialising dogs and getting to meet other dog lovers in your area.
Kate Bull who has her two dogs Rasco and Poppy entered in Scruffts said: “I just found out about Scruffts this year and think it’s a marvellous idea that more people should know about. I am entered into one heat a day and have always loved animals and have always enjoyed attending dog shows. For this reason I'm very excited about the London Pet Show heat.”
Entering a dog into Scruffts costs just £1 per class and all entry money goes to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which makes a difference for dogs by funding a wide variety of work ranging from supporting research into canine diseases to welfare initiatives.
There are four classes to enter:
- Most Handsome Crossbreed Dog 6 months – 7years
- Prettiest Crossbreed Bitch 6 months – 7 years
- Child’s Best Friend* 6 months – 12 years
- Golden Oldie 8 years plus (at the organiser's discretion)
* handled by a young person between 6 and 16 years of age inclusively.
Spaces in Scruffts at the London Pet show are now full but you can still come along and watch.
For more information on the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition, please visit www.scruffts.org.uk. For further information about the London Pet Show, please visit http://www.londonpetshow.co.uk/.
10th May 2012
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Notes to Editors
• The Kennel Club organises the national Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition, which is sponsored by James Wellbeloved.
• The grand final of the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition will be held at Discover Dogs in London, which takes place on November 10th-11th 2012.
• Entry fees for Scruffts go directly to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust which funds a wide variety of work ranging from scientific and research grants to welfare initiatives, all of which are giving dogs healthier and happier lives.
• The Kennel Club has registered crossbreed dogs for over 50 years through the Activity Register or Companion Dog Club.
• James Wellbeloved is a leading manufacturer of natural, hypoallergenic foods for dogs (and cats).
• James Wellbeloved foods use only pure, natural ingredients, and contain no added artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives.
• Foods are available in Puppy, Adult and Senior/Light versions.
• The James Wellbeloved range also includes cereal-free kibble for sensitive dogs, and James Wellbeloved Pouches, a tasty wet food for use alone or as a topping to James Wellbeloved dry foods.
• The James Wellbeloved treats range includes Pure Incentives, CrackerJacks, MiniJacks and cereal-free versions.
• James Wellbeloved dry foods are manufactured in the UK.
The Kennel Club
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 in welfare campaigns, dog training and education programmes and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which supports research into dog diseases and dog welfare charities, including Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisations that re-home dogs throughout the UK. 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.