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SCRUFFS FAMILY CROSSBREED DOG OF THE YEAR -
WHO WILL BE CROWNED WINNER?

The Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition, exclusively supported by pet food makers James Wellbeloved, is the nation’s favourite crossbreed competition. The 2018 heats attracted over 1,200 dogs, taking place all over the country and raised nearly £4,000 for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust and the chosen charities of each event’s hosts.

Scruffts 2019 winner - Percy
Category: Best crossbreed rescue

Percy the Pointer cross was given a second chance at life after being found in a very bad way on a street in Cyprus by his owner Amanda. Having been shot multiple times, unable to stand, suffering with failing kidneys and weighing only 9 kilos, Amanda arranged for Percy to travel to the UK, with his chances of survival looking uncertain.

Having been with the family in Sheffield for over six months, Percy is now recovering well and despite being very poorly and frightened when first arriving in the country, the family have built up trust and bonded with Percy. Where he once was too scared to go further than the garden gate, they have since helped him to achieve his Kennel Club Good Citizen Scheme Bronze award and, of course, stand in the ring in the Scruffts semi-final.

SCRUFFTS 2019 FINALISTS

This year’s Scruffts competition attracted thousands of crossbreeds and their owners, check out the other 5 finalists below.

This year’s finalists were:

Teddy

CATEGORY:
Most Handsome Crossbred Dog
OWNED AND LOVED BY:
Tara Ellison

Two-year-old Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross Teddy, owned by Tara Ellison, made his Scruffts debut this year and the duo are delighted to have marked his first time entering by winning the Most Handsome Crossbreed Dog and earning a place in the final.

Hailing from Dagenham, East London, Teddy stands just 10 inches tall, and has won hearts both with family and friends, who have all been supporting his journey from the sidelines.

Maple

CATEGORY:
Good Citizen Dog Scheme
OWNED AND LOVED BY:
Nikki Davis

Maple and her owner, Nikki Davis have been inseparable ever since the Golden Retriever/Poodle cross was a puppy. Now four years old, Maple already has a number of accomplishments under her collar, having been awarded the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Gold Award, the highest level of achievement of the Scheme, as well as reaching Competition level in Agility.

Maple was a lifeline to Nikki’s late mother (in photo) when she developed dementia helping her to remain calm in all situations including accompanying her on many medical appointments. Maple still visits Hayle Day Care Centre to cheer up all that attends with a loving cuddle for everyone.

The pair from Hayle, Cornwall are now setting their sights on their next achievement, and as a dog who loves attention, Maple can’t wait to be in the limelight during the Scruffts final.

Zak

CATEGORY:
Golden Oldie Crossbreed
OWNED AND LOVED BY:
Jazmine Green

17-year-old Border Collie/Spaniel cross Zak and 24-year-old Jazmine Green from Farnham, Surrey, met at the tender ages of six months and seven years old, and have been by each other’s side as they’ve grown up together. Zak has accompanied Jazmine to both college and university and even works with her now at the same Council, where he visits local schools to meet children and help develop confidence and teach responsibility. As well as this, Zak is an ambassador for good behaviour and is also trained in agility.

To prepare for the Scruffts final, Jazmine will be making sure Zak has a shower the night before, ready for his big moment.

Primrose

CATEGORY:
Prettiest Crossbreed Bitch
OWNED AND LOVED BY:
Susan Herbert

Four-year-old Lurcher Primrose from Cirencester, East Gloucestershire, was left abandoned two years ago and was both pregnant and very ill when Susan Herbert found and adopted her.

Already owning five other Lurchers, Susan helped Primrose back on the road to recovery, and both took the challenge in their stride. The pair have come a long way in their two years together and have struck up a very strong bond in that time.

Ernie

CATEGORY:
Child's Best Friend
OWNED AND LOVED BY:
Elodie Baker

Two-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel/Bichon Frise cross Ernie and 11-year-old Elodie Baker from Thornbury, South Gloucestershire, have been thick as thieves since the family picked him up two years ago.

Elodie has autism and Ernie has proven himself to be a great companion and source of comfort. He is always there for a hug whenever Elodie is feeling sad and has also helped her to overcome feelings of fear and anxiety as well as encouraging her to feel calmer and more confident.

Despite feeling slightly nervous, Elodie is excited and understandably proud to be in the Scruffts final with her best friend Ernie.

In case you missed it, here’s the winner being annouced!