Best in Show at Westminster is Rumor the German Shepherd

Rumor the German shepherd came back from retirement to take the crown of America’s top dog.

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A female German shepherd named Rumor won the Best in Show award at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

“Unbelievable,” said handler and co-owner Kent Boyles.

Rumor is just the second-ever German shepherd at the event since it began in 1877 , and took top place one year after a near-miss on the very same green carpet last year, falling short to California Journey .

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But this year, Best in Show Judge Thomas H. Bradley from Watertown, New York, saw something special in her.

“The German shepherd standard talks about quality and nobility. Sometimes unrecognizable. When you recognize it, it hits you home, and that’s what it really is. She is just magnificent.”

Earlier Tuesday, Boyles said this would be Rumor’s last major show. “She’s going to be relaxing for a while, and we’ll find an appropriate husband for her. There will be some puppies in the future,” Boyles said after the win.

Rumor is named for singer Adele’s hit song “Rumor Has It.”

The German shepherd was one of seven dogs to advance to the Best in Show competition.

The 5-year-old won the herding group category — becoming the second dog from that group to ever win. It was the 39th time that a female has won the top prize.

Sea Breeze, a male Irish setter known as Adrian, won Reserve Best in Show, second place.





The seven group winners from Westminster:

Best Hound: Daggarwood Delight, a female Norwegian elkhound known as Duffy

Best Toy: Pequest Pickwick, a male pekingese known as Chuckie

Best Non-sporting: Danfour Avalon As If, a female miniature poodle known as Aftin

Best Herding: Rumor Has It V Kenlyn, a female German shepherd known as Rumor

Best Sporting: Sea Breeze, a male Irish setter known as Adrian

Best Working: Speak Of The Devil, a female boxer known as Devlin

Best Terrier: Twice As Nice, a male Norwich terrier known as Tanner

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