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Local Lucky Crossbreed To Head To Crufts 2020 For Scruffts Semi-final

Lincolnshire dog crowned winner of the Good Citizen Scheme Class by former EastEnders star

A local dog from Bourne, Lincolnshire has won first place in the Good Citizen Scheme Class at Scruffts, the annual crossbreed competition run by the Kennel Club, and will go on to compete in the semi-final stages hosted at the world’s most famous dog show, Crufts, in 2020.

The Scruffts heat, the second of six to be held this year, took place on Sunday 21st April at Newark Showground, Nottinghamshire, as part of the All About Dogs Show. The competition attracted over 100 crossbreeds and their owners but just four have made it through to the next stage, earning them a place in the semi-final stages at Crufts 2020. The overall winners of the semi-final will then have the chance to compete in the final, also at Crufts 2020.

The Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition, exclusively supported by pet food makers James Wellbeloved, is open to all crossbreeds and mixed breed dogs, of all shapes, sizes and age (as long as they are over six months).

Judging the competitors on Sunday was Danny-Boy Hatchard, known for his role as Lee Carter in EastEnders, who, along with dog judge Sara Wren, had the tough decision of choosing just one winner for each of the four classes: Most Handsome Crossbreed Dog, Prettiest Crossbreed Bitch, Golden Oldie Crossbreed and the Good Citizen Dog Scheme class.

The winners were:

  • Most Handsome Crossbreed Dog: four-year-old Clooney the mixed breed owned by Hannah Watts and Stephen Hayes from Newark, Nottinghamshire
  • Prettiest Crossbreed Bitch: 14-month-old Willow the Dachshund/Chihuahua cross owned by Gemma Smith-Brown from Nottingham
  • Good Citizen Dog Scheme: four-year-old Zara the German Shepherd Dog/Golden Retriever cross, owned by Jenni Collins from Bourne, Lincolnshire
  • Golden Oldie Crossbreed: 12-year-old Henry the Yorkshire Terrier/Lhasa Apso cross owned by Ron Stokes from Staffordshire

All dogs competing were judged against the following qualities:

  • Good character
  • Good health
  • Good personality
  • Good temperament with people and other dogs

The four dogs are now preparing to compete at Crufts 2020, which will be held at the NEC Birmingham next March, where the judges will be making the difficult decision of choosing the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year.

Throughout the year, heats of the popular Scruffts contest, which is exclusively supported by pet food makers James Wellbeloved, are taking place at events around the country in search of crossbreeds with that extra special something.

James Wellbeloved is celebrating ten years as the sponsor of Scruffts. To mark this, every entrant will receive James Wellbeloved treats. The four heat winners will receive more delicious goodies and ultimately, the four category finalists at next year’s Scruffts Grand Final will each win a year’s supply of James Wellbeloved food for their dog!

Arthur Renault, Marketing Manager for James Wellbeloved said: “Congratulations to our four brilliant semi-finalists who have all qualified to Crufts next year. It was a fantastic day at the All About Dogs show in Newark and we were impressed by all the entrants who took part.

“James Wellbeloved is very proud to exclusively support Scruffts and we’re looking forward to seeing how our semi-finalists progress!”

For more information on the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition, please visit www.crufts.org.uk/content/whats-on/scruffts/

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