Westminster Dog Show Awards ‘Best in Show’ to Rumor the German Shepherd

Bring on the treats! A German shepherd named Rumor was named the 2017 Westminster Dog Show Best in Show winner on Tuesday, February 14.

Rumor, a German shepherd, stands next to Kent Boyleshis, the handler after it won
Rumor, a German shepherd, stands next to Kent Boyleshis, the handler after it won "Best in Show" at the Westminster Kennel Club 141st Annual Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York February 14, 2017. IMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

Rumor, 5, was awarded the grand prize in front of a packed crowd at Madison Square Garden in NYC. She is only the second German shepherd to win Best in Show since the event’s debut in 1877. (The first was in 1987.)

“[It’s] unbelievable,” handler and co-owner Kent Boyles said, via NBC News. “She’s going to be relaxing for a while.”

Rumor, a German shepherd, and Kent Boyles his handler run around the ring during judging before winning
Rumor, a German shepherd, and Kent Boyles his handler run around the ring during judging before winning "Best in Show" at the Westminster Kennel Club 141st Annual Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York February 14, 2017. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

Rumor was named after Adele’s 2011 song “Rumour Has It.” The hit, from the singer’s 21 album, was cowritten by OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder.

Best of breed Standard Poodle CH Afterglow Tyrone Power competes to represent the Non-Sporting group in the Best in Show final of the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden on February 13, 2017 in New York City.
Best of breed Standard Poodle CH Afterglow Tyrone Power competes to represent the Non-Sporting group in the Best in Show final of the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden on February 13, 2017 in New York City. Julie McGuire/Barcroft Images/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Best of breed afghan hound GCH CH Agha Djari's Fifth Dimension of Sura competes to represent the hound group in the Best in Show final of the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden on February 13, 2017 in New York City.
Best of breed afghan hound GCH CH Agha Djari's Fifth Dimension of Sura competes to represent the hound group in the Best in Show final of the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden on February 13, 2017 in New York City. Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

An English Setter receives an adjustment from his handler during the sporting category during the final night at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, February 14, 2017 in New York City.
An English Setter receives an adjustment from his handler during the sporting category during the final night at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, February 14, 2017 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images
An Irish Terrier gets a wash and blow dry ahead of the judging of the Terrier Group at 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Piers 92/94, on February 14, 2017 in New York City.
An Irish Terrier gets a wash and blow dry ahead of the judging of the Terrier Group at 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Piers 92/94, on February 14, 2017 in New York City. Julie McGuire / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Rumor, who has won 103 other various competitions in the past, took first place after beating out nearly 2,800 other dogs. Boyles said that this will be Rumor’s last major show, but that “puppies” are in the future.

“The German shepherd standard talks about quality and nobility,” judge Thomas Bradley III said on Tuesday. “When you recognize it, it hits you at home, and that’s what it really is. She is just magnificent.”

Last year, the top spot went to a 3-year-old German shorthaired pointer named CJ. His grandmother Carlee previously won the Westminster title in 2005.

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