Rumor had it this year during the Westminster Dog Show. The female German shepherd took the competition by storm beating out hundreds of other dog breeds and taking home the esteemed prize, Best in Show. Just one month after coming out of retirement too. Now that’s impressive.
This herding dog was a finalist in last year’s competition but narrowly missed the mark. That’s when her owners decided to retire her from the dog show life. Luckily her retirement didn’t last for long. She came back stronger than before and walked away a winner. The win made Rumor, whose official name is Lockenhaus’ Rumor Has It V Kenlyn, the first German shepherd to take the crown since 1987.
Now that she’s reached the tip of the top, she will retire for good. Her owner Kent Boyle hopes to continue her legacy. Boyles hopes Rumor will have a litter of puppies sometime in the near future.
“We’re now going to go home and find her a husband now.”
He also wants her to just be a dog.
“She’s going to be relaxing for a while,” Boyles said after the win.
So the secret to winning the Westminster Dog Show? Rib eye steak. According to Boyles, that’s the dog’s favorite snack.
“She’s just got an awesome attitude, and she makes a great house dog.”
The 5-year-old Rumor, who was named after the hit Adele Song, “Rumor Has It”, beat out a Norwegian elkhound, a Pekingese, a miniature poodle, an Irish setter, a boxer and a Norwich terrier in the final ring. The Irish setter called Adrian finished second.
“The German shepherd standard talks about quality and nobility,” judge Thomas Bradley III said to Time. “When you recognize it, it hits you at home, and that’s what it really is. She is just magnificent.”
While German shepherds aren’t normally big winners at the Westminster dog show, many of them were recognized in 2002 when the dog show honored search and rescue dogs for their diligent work at the World Trade Center and Pentagon following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Many consider the earnest tribute the most cherished memory ever at Westminster.
“They’re loyal, dependable dogs that you can count on,” Boyles said.
So why did Rumor’s owner decide to pull her out of retirement for this year’s Westminster dog show?
“She liked to show and was in good shape, so we thought, why not?” he said.
Her victory marks the second win by a German shepherd and the entire Herding category and the 39th win by a female. The first German shepherd to take the best in show award went to Manhattan the dog in 1987.