Scruffts is the nation’s favourite crossbreed competition and in April and May 2024 the first round of the Scruffts Heats will be coming to THREE All About Dogs Shows in Newbury, Newark and Hylands Park!

In search of crossbreeds with that extra something special, Scruffts is open to crossbreed dogs over the age of six months, with Scruffts rosettes awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each class.

This year there are four classes to enter including:

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

You can take part in Scruffts at the All About Dogs Shows on:

• Sunday 14th April 2024 at the Newbury Showground
• Sunday 21st April 2024 at the Newark Showground
• Sunday 5th May 2024 at Hylands Park in Chelmsford

Registration will be from 11am at each event and judging will commence at 12.30pm. Entry to each class is £2.


• Scruffts is a competition for crossbreed dogs only. (As of 1st 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 should compete in the Scruffts competition if it has been subject to a Court Control Order or a Contingent Destruction Order under the Dogs Act 1871 or the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act, or to any other equivalent and/or relevant dog control measure.  A dog owner may be required to assist The Kennel Club in verification of this aspect from time to time.

• No dog should be in attendance at a Scruffts heat where they fall under the criteria outlined within the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 for banned types, unless they have a valid Certificate of Exemption and comply with all government rules for legal ownership of a banned type – which includes ensuring that they are wearing a muzzle, kept on a lead, neutered and have third party liability insurance. Event organisers have the discretionary right to refuse a dog entry if they have concerns about a dog’s legal eligibility.

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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