The Kennel Club says Bedford has the prettiest, most beautiful dogs


Wendy Halling and Frank, winners of the Scruffts Most Handsome Dog class at Discover Dogs 2021 Image: Yulia Titovets / The Kennel Club

Two Bedford dogs have been named the most beautiful and beautiful dogs in the area by Scruffs, the annual crossbreeding competition held by the Kennel Club.

Frank, a four-year-old crossbreed man Wendy Halling, was crowned “the most beautiful crossbreed” in the region.

While Wilma, an eight-year-old Springer Spaniel / Jack Russell Terrier cross, whose human is Rachel Hukin, has been named “the prettiest female dog cross”.

Frank and Wilma will now take part in the semi-finals at the world’s most famous dog show, Crufts, in 2022.

Speaking of their victory, Wendy said, “I am absolutely delighted and delighted that Frank has won the Scruffts round. He is a very special rescue dog with a calm, friendly and gentle nature.

“He makes me laugh every day and is a big talker, but he also supported me when my husband passed away suddenly because I had to take care of him and take him for a walk even when I didn’t feel like going out.

“I’m so proud of him and love him to the moon and back.”

Rachel added: “I feel great to have qualified for Crufts. Wilma is a dog show pro, having been at Crufts for three years for many different things. She loves the attention!

Wilma and Frank aren’t just pretty faces, either.

When not strutting around, Frank is also a really good boy working as a therapy dog, visiting schools to hear from readers as part of the Read2dogs program.

Wilma is also a very good girl and works as a therapy dog.

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Rachel Hukin and Wilma, winners of the Scruffts Prettiest Crossbreed Bitch class at Discover Dogs 2021, awarded by Canine Judge Gerald King. Image: Yulia Titovets / The Kennel Club

The Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition, exclusively supported by pet food manufacturers James Wellbeloved, is open to all cross-breed and mixed-breed dogs of all shapes, sizes and ages (provided they ‘they are over six months old).

The dogs judge, Gerald King, judged the competitors that day, who had the difficult decision of picking a single winner from both classes.

Dog enthusiast Fifi Robertson Geldof joined Gerald in judging the class of the most beautiful dog.

The complete list of winners:

  • The most beautiful crossbreed dog: Frank, four, crossbreed, owned by Wendy Halling of Bedford, Bedfordshire
  • The prettiest female dog cross: Wilma, eight, the Springer Spaniel / Jack Russell Terrier cross, owned by Rachel Hukin from Bedford, Bedfordshire
  • Golden Oldie Crossbreed: 10 year old Teddy Bear, the Lhasa Apso / Bichon Frize cross, owned by Louise Jacobs from Colchester, Essex
  • Good Citizen Dog Scheme: Sammi, five years old, the Bichon Frize cross, owned by Rowan Carter of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

All of the dogs competing were judged based on qualities such as good character, good health, good personality, good temper with people and other dogs.

All four dogs will now compete in Crufts 2022 at the NEC Birmingham in March to be chosen as the Scruffts Family Cross Dog of the Year.

Note from Heidi the Greyhound

Having won the ‘Most Beautiful Bedford Dog’ contest at Frosts in 2008, I know only too well the pressure that will be on Wilma and Frank’s shoulders at this time.

I hope all doggos from Bedford and beyond join in and wish them well, wagging their tails in support.

They really are the best boys and girls and we are all very proud of them.

Humans remember, don’t just ask “who’s a good boy / girl?” Ask “what is a good boy / girl like?” ” too much.

Heidi the greyhound
Heidi the greyhound

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