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Crufts winner bow-wows out

Monday, 11th March 2013

Crufts has come to an end for another year, with a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen named Jilly being crowned best in show.

And having beaten off competition from more than 20,000 other dogs from across the world, the four-year-old's owner has revealed that the championship-winning performance will be Jilly's last on the dog show circuit, with the pet now set to retire from competitions.

Speaking to the Mirror, breeder Gavin Robertson commented: "It's her last show. I'd already decided months ago that I would retire her no matter what she got so it's fantastic, you couldn't ask for a script like that. What a way to stop."

Judges from the Kennel Club oversaw the four-day event in Birmingham, with dogs being assessed on characteristics such as temperament, overall health, coat and character.

Anyone thinking of entering their dog into a show should first consider the wellbeing of the animal, as not all pets enjoy competing. Of course if you want to win then you'll have to keep your pet well fed with specially formulated dog food in order to maintain a glossy and healthy coat.