NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A German shepherd named Rumor was awarded the prestigious “Best in Show” at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday night.
Rumor was cheered loudly all around the ring by a packed crowd at Madison Square Garden as he won the show.READ MORE: Father, Son Killed In Early Morning House Fire In New Jersey
Rumor became just the second German shepherd to win the nation’s most prestigious pooch parade, joining the fittingly named Manhattan in 1987. Rumor retired after a near-miss at Westminster last year, but she returned a month ago to give it another try.
The 5-year-old Rumor is named for the Adele hit song “Rumor Has It.” This was the 104th career win for Rumor, and handler and co-owner Kent Boyles said earlier in the day that this would definitely, for real, be her last major show.
There were nearly 2,800 dogs entered in the 141st Westminster canine competition, spread across the 202 eligible breeds and varieties.
Rumor beat out a Norwegian elkhound, a Pekingese, a miniature poodle, an Irish setter, a boxer and a Norwich terrier in the final ring.READ MORE: THE GREAT ESCAPE: Clever Pup Facilitates Breakout From New Jersey Doggy Day Care
Rumor had earlier topped the “Herding” group at the dog show.
The 141st Westminster Kennel Club is bigger than the Super Bowl for owners who spend well over $100,000 a year to present their prize pooches, and for the fans who shell out $40 to buy a hot dog and shout for their favorites.
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