Rumor has it: German Shepherd crowned at Westminster

Rumor was the favorite to win the 2016 Westminster Best in Show, but lost out to CJ the German short-haired pointer.

She had been favored to win Westminster previous year, but finished runner-up in the Best in Show finale.

"Oh, man it's unbelievable", handler Kent Boyles, breeder and co-owner of Rumor with Pamela McElheney said to USA Today following the win inside Madison Square Garden in New York City. And on Monday, Linda Brennan, a longtime dog trainer from Columbia in Warren County, and her black Labrador retriever, Heart, won the Masters Obedience Championship for the second year in a row. Seeing a pet go from the couch to this top prize, heck, that's a dog world Hail Mary.

"She is just magnificent", Judge Thomas H. Bradley III said, in an interview with broadcasters about his pick.

"You might spend $100,000 a year just advertising your dog", said Wendy Anderson, of Hare Hill Hounds.

"Lockenhaus' Rumor Has It V Kenlyn" took home Best In Show, with Irish Setter "Vermilion's Sea Breeze" taking home Reserve Best In Show.

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Rumor raised up for a well-deserved treat right after the win.

Eventually Rumor adjusted to life on the sidelines - but Boyles, who loves German Shepherds for their exceptional intelligence and capacity for empathy, began to consider one last try at Westminster.

Rumor is named for singer Adele's hit song "Rumor Has It".

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

There are 2,800 dogs entered in Westminster.

While every canine is a good boy (or girl!), Rumor is the official Top Dog.

  • Tabitha Byrd