NEW YORK- The Westminster Kennel Club says a German Shepherd was named Best in Show at the 141st show in New York’s Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.
Rumor was a sentimental favorite of the crowd, having finished second in 2016.
This marked the end of a drought for the breed, which had last won in 1987.
Rumor was the nation’s No. 1 show dog last year. But she fell short when a German shorthaired pointer named CJ won in a surprise, and it was thought that Rumor would retire.
Asked about the chances of 5-year-old Rumor adding to her 103 career championship ribbons, handler and co-owner Kent Boyles said, “I have no idea. … You never know.”
“Really good competition,” Boyles said, adding that he was “pretty nervous.”
Rumor was one of seven dogs to advance to the Best in Show competition.
The reeds represented in the final seven were a Boxer, Norwich Terrier, Irish Setter, Norwegian Elk Hound, Pekingese, Miniature Poodle and a German Shepherd.
An Irish Setter took Reserve Best in Show, second place.