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; www.dogstrust.org.uk).
Dogpages.org.uk has links to more than 1000 rescue centres.
Fashionable dogs are abandoned too; contact Labradoodle Rescue (01933 443007; www.labradoodlerescue.com). To find a puppy, try the UK Labradoodle Association (020 8123 8156; www.labradoodle.org. uk) or the Labradoodle Club of G reat Britain (www.labradoodleclub. co.uk).
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. org.uk).