The Sunday Telegraph - Sunday - - Pets/family -

Cross­breed and mon­grel pup­pies are much harder to find than pedi­grees, par­tic­u­larly in south­ern Eng­land, be­cause of cam­paigns to en­cour­age re­spon­si­ble dog own­er­ship. Many of the Scruffts fi­nal­ists were res­cue dogs. Try Dogs Trust, which has 17 re-hom­ing cen­tres na­tion­wide (020 7837 0006;

Dog­ has links to more than 1000 res­cue cen­tres.

Fash­ion­able dogs are aban­doned too; con­tact Labradoo­dle Res­cue (01933 443007; www.labradoo­dleres­ To find a puppy, try the UK Labradoo­dle As­so­ci­a­tion (020 8123 8156; www.labradoo­ uk) or the Labradoo­dle Club of G reat Bri­tain (www.labradoo­dle­club.

The Cross­breed & Mon­grel Club web­site has ex­cel­lent ad­vice on how to choose the right dog. It also runs its own com­pe­ti­tion, Scamps, with the grand fi­nal on Sept 20, 2009 (01522 751576; www. cross­breedand­mon­grel-club.

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