As many of you dog lovers know, The 141st Westminster Dog Show started Monday, February 13th in New York City and across television sets all over the country. Here is a recap of the things you may have missed or forget about:
- The hound division was up first this year, featuring 33 different breeds making it the largest group in the entire competition.
- Duffy the Norwegian Elkhound took the first prize. The four-year-old dog beat out Sweet pea the basset hound, who took 2nd place, an American Foxhound, who took 3rd place and a Borzois, who took 4th place.
- Next the toy group took the stage, crowning a Pekingese once again. Chuckie took first place beating, Rumble the Pug. A Chihuahua and n Affenpincher were also top contenders.
- Aftin, a miniature poodle won the non-sporting group. She beat a french bulldog, a Bichon Frise and a Boston Terrier.
- The final group of the day, the Herders took the stage. Rumors the dog, a German Shepherd, who was defending her title from last year, won yet again. She beat out tough competition from a Pulik, who narrowly lost, giving her 2nd place.
- Patty Hearst Shaw, the 62-year old grand daughter of William Randolph Hearst attended the show. Her bulldogs, Tuggy and Rubi competed and did quite well. Tuggy won best of breed and Rubi took runner-up honors as best of opposite sex.
- Cats were at this years Westminster dog show and they were soaking up all the fun. Since the cats were in a non-competitive group, their owners weren’t taking it as seriously. Should cats always be welcome?
- The distracted Beagle wins everyone’s hearts with his fun personality and forgetful nature. The Beagle couldn’t stay on track and appeared to be posing for pictures. Watch him look out into the crowd and stop mid-obstacle:
- A little girl walking a big dog makes a statement on the runway. Raina McCloskey ran around the Westminster ring with her dog, Briar. Briar and Raina were early crowd favorites but didn’t walk away with a win.
- Raina took a tumble when her pink sneakers snagged the green, ring carpet. She quickly stood up and the crowd applauded.
- Did you know there is no prize or money for winning the Westminster Dog Show? Many owners win breeding rights, which makes it easier for families to continue their winning tradition in the show, but no cash.
- The big winners were announced Tuesday night.
- The best in show winner was announced on Tuesday February 14th.
- And the winner is….Rumor the German Shepherd. 1010
- Rumor is a female German shepherd and was named after the Adele song, “Rumor has it.”
- This is the 39th time a female dog has won the prestigious best in show award.
Until next year, Congratulations Rumor!