Rumor Takes Westminster Dog Show

Rumor posing for the camera during her big win at the 141st Westminster Dog Show
Rumor - Winner of Westminster Dog Show
Rumor, a German shepherd, poses for photos after winning Best in Show at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, early Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

A Rumor has taken the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, and it’s a German Shepherd.

5-year-old Rumor was soaking up the love this Valentine’s Day as she beat out 2,800 dogs across 202 breeds to be named the event’s Best in Show. She’s the second German Shepherd to win in the contest’s history, and the first since 1987. Rumor almost took the prize last year, but was upset by CJ, a German shorthaired pointer.

The runner-up considered retirement after missing out last year, but owner Kent Boyles talked the dog show pro into making one more run. Rumor is retiring at the top of her game winning the canine equivalent of the Super Bowl. She’s named after Adele’s hit song “Rumor Has It,” winning her Westminster title just two days after Adele won big at this year’s Grammys.

German Shepherds are one of the most popular dog breeds in America, and well known for their confidence, courage and intelligence. They’re a versatile breed, known for their work with military and police, guide work, and search and rescue. German shepherds love plenty of exercise and mental stimulation, and appreciate a good half-hour walk each day. Most of all, they’re wonderful dogs for families with children, and love to be a part of everything a family does.

The other breeds to make the finals in this year’s Westminster Dog Show were a Boxer, Norwich Terrier, Irish Setter, Norwegian Elk Hound, Pekingese, and Miniature Poodle.

Congratulations on your new crown, Rumor!

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