It is the most eagerly anticipated dog show in the United Kingdom and since its formation in 1891 by founder Charles Cruft, millions of pooches have strutted their stuff in a bid to win competitions.
The competitions at Crufts fall under numerous categories, such as Flyball, Obedience, Dog Agility and Heelwork to Music. Although all dogs and their owners would love to triumph in these categories, there is one award that everyone fights for the most – the Best in Show award. While only purebred dogs have been able to participate over the years, the famous dog show is now offering crossbreeds the chance to stand out at the event.
This is the first time that crossbreeds have ever been able to get involved with this Kennel Club-hosted event and since the news has been announced, dog owners everywhere are training their companions in the hope that they will walk away with a prize. For 2013, the Family Crossbreed of the Year title will be up for grabs and during the final stage of Scruffts, four dogs will compete to win.
The finalists have already been selected and include a 10-year-old Norfolk Terrier and Jack Russell cross named Rascal. Anne Worthington, the Dereham-based owner of Rascal, explained why she was delighted with the news:
“I think the Kennel Club has taken the opportunity to move Scruffts to Crufts because it will broaden the audience.”
Despite the fact that many people are happy with this decision, the RSPCA is still unwilling to sponsor the event due to ‘morally unjustifiable’ breeding methods.