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German Shepherd Wins Best in Show at Westminster 2017


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Don’t call it a comeback. But Rumor, the German shepherd who missed the mark last year coming in second, returned to the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show this year to claim the top spot of Best in Show on Feb. 14.

Besting more than 2,800 dogs, GCH CH Lockenhaus’ Rumor Has It V Kenlyn is only the second of her breed to snag the top prize in the show’s history. The first, in 1987, was a German shepherd named Manhattan. 

Rumor, owned by Deborah Stern, Pamela Buckles, Patti Dukeman, Pam McElheney and Kent Boyles, had actually retired after last year’s event, but came back for the stunning win. An Irish setter took Reserve Best in Show, second place.

Other winners include Duffy, a Norwegian elkhound, for the Hound group; Chuckie, a Pekingese, for the toy group; Aftin, a miniature poodle, for the nonsporting group; and Tanner, a Norwich terrier, for the Terrier group.

For a complete list of winners, visit the American Kennel Club’s website.

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