Westminster Dog Show Winner Is German Shorthaired Pointer Named CJ: Photos!

Good boy! An adorable dog named CJ earned some extra treats following a ruff competition on Tuesday, February 16. The German shorthaired pointer won the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which was held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Westminster Kennel Club dog show Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

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The 3-year-old earned the top spot against 2,751 other canines. The 140th annual competition included 199 different breeds.

CJ’s co-owner and breeder Valerie Nunes-Atkinson — of Newport Beach, California — dropped to her knees and kissed the pooch after the big win.

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CJ and Nunes-Atkinson during the 140th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

“I just couldn’t believe it. For us in the sport, this is the pinnacle. This is what we strive for, what we shed tears over. The best dogs come here. This is the show to win. We expected great things from him from the start,” she said, according to The New York Times. “He loves it here. He was born this way. At 6 weeks, he walked across the living room floor and we said, ‘Oh, my.’ He has that sparkle that makes you stop and look at him. He’s my heart dog.”

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“It’s exactly like what I imagined,” she added, via ABC. “He’s never done anything wrong.”

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CJ performs on the second day of the 140th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

CJ’s talent runs in the family. His grandmother Carlee won the Westminster title in 2005. 

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