German Shepherd is Top Dog at 2017 Westminster Show

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Rumor is only one of two German shepherds to win Best in Show at Westminster. (Photo from Milwaukee Sentinel Journal)

For only the second time in its 141 year history, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show awarded Best in Show honors to a German shepherd last night at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

This was the 104th career win for the pulchritudinous 5-year-old pooch named Rumor, who hails from Wisconsin. Rumor, who was named after the Adele song “Rumor Has It,” is co-owned by Pamela McElheney and Kent Boyles of Edgerton at Kenlyn Kennels.

Clearly the crowd favorite, Rumor was hailed by show judge Thomas Bradley III as, “Just magnificent.”

The first and only other shepherd to win the Best in Show title was Manhattan, who took home the trophy back in 1987. Rumor came in second at last year’s show, then briefly went into retirement before coming back for one last show. She beat out Norwegian elkhound, a Pekingese, a miniature poodle, an a boxer, a Norwich terrier and an Irish setter named Adrian, who came in second.

Rumor’s handlers revealed that this will be her last competition. Once she settles into retirement, she will focus on raising a family.

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