We have been overwhelmed by entries to our alternative dog show – Ruffs.


Ruffs 2014 is our first ever online dog show. Unlike traditional shows which judge dogs primarily on looks, ‘Ruffs’ celebrates them for their welfare and happiness.

RSPCA RuffsJames Yeates, RSPCA chief veterinary officer said:

“We are fed up with dog shows like Crufts judging dogs primarily on looks and rewarding those people still breeding dogs with exaggerated features, particularly as it’s those looks which can often cause dogs to suffer.

“The RSPCA thinks dog shows should prioritise the health, welfare and happiness of dogs over their looks. That’s why we launched ‘Ruffs’ – to celebrate dogs who will never be ‘perfect’ according to ‘breed standards’, but we think are champions in their own right, whether they are pedigrees, cross-breeds, rescues or otherwise!”

Ruffs finalists have been chosen

The finalists have been decided by a team from the RSPCA (including a dog welfare scientist) and owners were also asked to send a write-up explaining why their animals are so special to them.

One of the finalists in the ‘Perfectly Imperfect’ category is one-eyed Bob, who was just eight weeks old and weighed less than a kilo, when he was found dumped in the car park of a veterinary practice. Huddled by a cardboard box, he was shivering from extreme cold and in agony from a ruptured eyeball. Now he is a happy, healthy much-loved pet!

Vote for your favourite

Voting for the finalists is now open.

Head on over to Facebook to view and vote for your favourite in each category.

The Ruffs categories are:

  • Happiest Hound – pictures of dogs at their happiest.
  • Perfectly Imperfect– ‘wonky’ dogs who will never be perfect according to a set of arbitrary standards, but are perfect anyway.
  • Best Transformation– ‘before and after’ pictures of rescued dogs.
  • Best rescued ex-breeder – the many dogs discarded when they’re no longer ‘useful’.

Winners of each category will go forward to ‘Best in Show’, which will be voted on and announced on Sunday, 9 March.

Stand up for pedigree dogs

If you agree that dogs health, welfare and happiness should be put before their looks take action. Call for an independent review of the Kennel Club’s ‘breed standards’.

Thank you.