Rumor the German Shepherd Dog Wins 2017 Westminster Best in Show

No matter which primped inbred ends up being selected as Westminster's "Best in Show" Tuesday night, it's a little late for that: This year already went to the beagles.

The Westminster Kennel Club competition sees almost 2,800 dogs and 202 breeds and varieties.

Only two days after Adele was the big victor at the Grammys, a dog named after her hit song "Rumor Has It" had the crowd at New York City's Madison Square Garden roaring in approval of her win.

In my book, she earned mega-points for being not just a good dog, but the best dog. It was the 39th time that a female has won the top prize.

"The German Shepherd standard talks about quality and nobility", said Best in Show judge Thomas Bradley. Sometimes unrecognizable. When you recognize it, it hits you home, and that's what it really is.

To the cheers of the crowd at Madison Square Garden, Rumor joined a miniature poodle, a Pekingese and a Norwegian elkhound in the best-of-seven final ring. The sale of purebred dogs worldwide is a multibillion-dollar industry - not just for the award-winning breeders, but also for those responsible for ultimately filling the demand for puppies (think breeding farms, distributors, auctioneers and pet store owners).

"We're not going to tarnish the memory, " she said.

It was even more impressive considering Rumor had been in semi-retirement after having finished second past year to C.J., a German shorthaired pointer. Moments later, as Boyles did post-show interviews, Rumor spotted him and ran toward the man who guided her to victory. We're spending the day with Rumor to find out! Almost 2,800 dogs, which included 202 breeds and varieties, were in the competition.

  • Rosalie Stanley