Soletrader Peek A Boo

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Soletrader Peek A Boo
Other name(s) Jilly
Species Canis lupus familiaris
Breed Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen
Sex Female
Born (2009-10-29) October 29, 2009 (age 8)[1]
Wallingford, Oxfordshire
Title Best In Show at Crufts (2013)
Predecessor Ch. Zentarr Elizabeth (Lhasa Apso)
Successor Ch./Am Ch Afterglow Maverick Sabre (Standard Poodle)
Owner Sara Robertson and Wendy Doherty

Ch. Soletrader Peek A Boo, also known as Jilly, is a Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen show dog owned by Sara Robertson and Wendy Doherty and handled by Gavin Robertson, who won Best in Show at Crufts in 2013. Jilly's owners plan to retire her following her win.


Jilly is owned by Sara Robertson and Wendy Doherty and handled by Gavin Robertson. As of March 2013, she is four years old and lives in Wallingford, Oxfordshire.[2][3] Jilly's dam was Ch. Soletrader My Aphrodisiac, aka "Dizzy", who was the most successful dog of her breed in the UK.[4]


Soletrader Peek A Boo, after being named Reserve Best in Show at Crufts in 2011

At Crufts in 2011, Jilly was reserve to Best in Show winner Sh Ch. Vbos The Kentuckian, a Flat-Coated Retriever.[5] The following year, Jilly was awarded second in the hound group.[6]

In 2013, Jilly entered Crufts once again, along with 20,000 dogs.[7] She was awarded Best of Breed and Best in Group for Hounds, qualifying her for the Best in Show round.[5][7] On 10 March, Jilly competed against six other dogs – a Skye Terrier, a Tibetan Terrier, a King Charles Spaniel, a Labrador Retriever, a Bernese Mountain Dog and an Australian Shepherd – in the final.[8] After watching their laps of honour and checking their health and condition, judge Geoff Corish awarded Jilly Best in Show.[3][7]

Gavin Robertson, Jilly's handler, revealed that Jilly would be retired after Crufts.[9] He said "We always decided this would be Jilly's retirement show, so really wanted this to be her best. I can't express how happy I feel, she never lets me down, she's my once in a lifetime dog. I am sad Sunday will be our last show, but she has really given me everything. It is like our cup final."[5] Robertson also stated that Jilly may have a litter of puppies later in the year.[8] In his best in show report, judge Geoff Corish stated: "I have admired this bitch since she was very young but today was the first time I was able to put my hands on her. She is a delight to go over, the most lovely head & soft expression. She has neck & the right balance, super in coat & she was in the hardest of condition, they must have walked her miles. But it’s on the move that she really comes into her own. She has so much charisma moving, that I could watch her all day."[1]

Show career[edit]

Jilly gained her first Challenge Certificate (CC) when she was a puppy and was overall Top Hound in 2011 and fourth top dog all breeds.[10] She won her first all-breed championship best in show at Paignton that year. Her win at Crufts 2013 took her number of all-breed best in show wins to eight. She was Top Dog all breeds in 2012.[11] At Crufts 2013, she was awarded her 28th CC which equalled her dams breed CC record.[1]


On 10 June 2013 Jilly's handler, Gavin Robertson, undertook a sponsored walk to raise funds for charity. Starting from the NEC in Birmingham, where Jilly had secured her Crufts best in show win, and finishing in central London, the distance covered was 140 miles. Jilly took part in the walk, although did not walk the entire distance, and at various stages was accompanied by other show dogs, including the other six group winners from Crufts 2013 and the handlers or owners of previous Crufts best in show winners. Clare Balding, one of the presenters of the Crufts television coverage, also joined a stage of the walk with her dog. "Jilly's Jolly Jaunt" as it became known, took a week to complete. A total of £49,000 was raised; on 15 October 2013 a cheque for £17,150 was presented to DogLost, Great Ormond Street Hospital benefitted by £29,400, and the remainder, £2,450 was donated to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust.[12]


Swe Ch. Villaudens Ask
Can Ch. Soletrader Bjorn Borg
Ch. Afterglow Penelope Pitstop
Ch & Dutch Ch. Cappuccino Van Tum-Tums Vriendjes
Ch. Soletrader Dunc 'n' Disorderly
Soletrader Scarlet O'Hara
Ch. Willowbrae Amazing Grace for Afterglow
Ch. Soletrader Peek A Boo
Ch. Dehra Ypres of Bondlea
Ch. Soletrader Dunc 'n' Disorderly
Willowbrae Belbook 'n' Candle for Afterglow
Ch. Soletrader My Aphrodisiac
Ch. Garwedd du Greffier du Roi at Tangear (imp)
Ch. Willowbrae Amazing Grace for Afterglow
Clunebrae Kikimora of Famecliff



  1. ^ a b c "Crufts Special 2013" (PDF). Dog World. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Rankin, Ben (10 March 2013). "Crufts 2013 Best in Show is Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen called Jilly". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Crufts 2013 Results". The Kennel Club. 10 March 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "An incredible journey!" (PDF). Our Dogs: 251. Annual 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ a b c "Hound Group won by Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen at Crufts 2013". The Kennel Club. 7 March 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Hound Group". The Kennel Club. March 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c "Oxfordshire canine Jilly crowned Crufts champion". BBC. 10 March 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Davies, Emily (10 March 2013). "Jilly the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen beats 20,000 other dogs to be named Best in Show at Crufts". Daily Mail. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  9. ^ Dixon, Laura (10 March 2013). "Jilly, a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, is Crufts Best in Show". The Times. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Annual leaders 2011". Dog World. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "Jilly comes out on top". Dog World. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "Jilly's Jaunt raises almost £50k for children's hospital and dog charities". Dog World. 18 October 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "Champion Soletrader Peek a Boo". Soletrader PBGVs. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 

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