Dog lovers in the UK and across the world are getting ready to see the best in every breed on show at Crufts 2022. And among the many types of dogs that are popular as pets nowadays are crossbreeds such as the cockapoo, labradoodle, yorkiepoo, cavachon and puggle.
But where do crossbreeds fit into Crufts, and what is the most recent information about the Jack Russell Terrier, which many regard to be a mongrel? The Kennel Club, which organizes the Crufts event, confirmed that crossbreeds are included in the event with their own special competition called Scruffts.
It said: “Scruffts, sponsored by James Wellbeloved, is the nation’s favorite crossbreed competition and is a great way to enjoy time with your dog and family. While the emphasis is on fun, Scruffts also seeks to stress important messages relating to responsible dog ownership .”
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The Kennel Club coordinates Scruffts heats throughout the UK. The winners from each heat are invited to Crufts for the Scruffts Grand Final. It said each entrant “will have a few minutes in the spotlight to dazzle the judges” in the following four classes:
- Handsome crossbreed dog: 6 months+
- Prettiest crossbreed bitch: 6 months+
- Golden oldies: 8 years+
- The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme
And it further explained: “Scruffts is a competition for crossbreed dogs only. As of April 1, 2016, The Kennel Club has recognized 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.”
The terriers can now be entered into the main Crufts contest and be eligible for the Best in Breed, Group Winner and grand finale Best in Show prizes rather than only being permitted to enter the Scruffts crossbreed competition.
In 2015, a number of Jack Russell owners opposed the move. Among them, Tom Parker Bowles – son of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall – said: “I like them as outsiders and mongrels. They’re charming rogues and scallywags, not dull showdogs that have to fit into some Kennel Club standard. Jack Russells are at their happiest down holes, chasing rabbits rather than poncing about like those ghastly popinjay showdogs. Keep them out of the ring.”
The constitution of the Jack Russell Club of Great Britain said at the time: “History has shown Kennel Club recognition to be detrimental to the physical structure and working capabilities of a variety of working breeds. Therefore this club is opposed to recognition.”
But the Kennel Club said: “By recognizing the Jack Russell as an official breed we can help protect its future as a much-loved traditional working dog and popular pet.”
What are the rules for Scruffts?
Dogs must be over six months of age to enter 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.
First-place winners in each class are then eligible for the semi-final at Crufts.
Dogs over 12 years of age who wish to enter the Golden oldie class will be subject to the show organisers’ discretion.
Classes may be restricted in number to 40 dogs per class, depending on the show program and other factors such as the weather.
Tail docking is illegal in the UK and therefore dogs that have been docked are not allowed to enter Scruffts.
No dog present in the Scruffts competition should ever have been subject to a Court Control Order or a Contingent Destruction Order under the Dogs Act 1871 or the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act. The dog owner may be required to assist The Kennel Club in verification of this.
Crufts 2022 semi-finalists in Scrufts
Most handsome Crossbreed dog
- Crecho and Alexander Davoodi
- Sir Duke and Clare Gallacher
- Finley and Eleanor Stephens
- Noodle and Sara Lilly-Jones
- Remus and Emily Hale
- Frank and Wendy Halling
Prettiest Crossbreed bitch
- Bumbl and Rowan Carter
- Nancy and Ruth White
- Lily and Sally Franklin
- Cassie and Danni Coombes
- Edith and Roxie Wood
- Wilma and Rachel Hukin
Good Citizen Crossbreed class
- Questa and Hazel French
- Scout and Tracey Ison
- Luna and Michelle Down
- Mavis and Katie Lee
- Bruno and Julie Hudson
- Sammi and Rowan Carter
golden oldie crossbreed
- Lilly and Hayley Hutton
- Tia and Kathryn Masters
- Noah and Claire Roles-Wain
- Arthur and Emily Galway
- Lily and Deborah Fisher
- Teddy Bear and Louise Jacobs
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