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

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

Eastbourne dog crowned winner of Golden Oldie by former EastEnders star

A local dog from Eastbourne, East Sussex has won first place in the Golden Oldie 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 third of six to be held this year, took place on Sunday 26th May at Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex, 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, 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 the day was Danny-Boy Hatchard, known for his role as Lee Carter in EastEnders, who, along with dog judge Jim Bull, 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: 16-month-old Monty the Cocker Spaniel/Poodle-cross owned by Maria Barwell from Braintree, Essex
  • Prettiest Crossbreed Bitch: five-year-old Ruby the Siberian Husky-cross owned by Holly Moore from Maidstone, Kent
  • Good Citizen Dog Scheme: nine-year-old Daisy May the mixed breed owned by Lyn Freeman from Harlow, Essex
  • Golden Oldie Crossbreed: 13-year-old Kody the Cocker Spaniel/Samoyed owned by Jenny Hopper from Eastbourne, East Sussex

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, are taking place at events around the country in search of crossbreeds with that extra special something.

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