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Rumor, a confirmed winner.
GOOD DOGS

A German shepherd won the US’s most prestigious dog show, for only the second time in 141 years

Johnny Simon
By Johnny Simon

Deputy Photo Editor

A German Shepherd named Rumor won the top prize at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York City late on Feb. 14.

Despite being one of the most popular breeds in the United States, the German Shepherd has only won the competition’s “best in show” honor once before. Rumor herself came in second in last year’s competition, and initially retired, the Associated Press reported. But following the trend of unexpected victories in sports and politics, even the dog show circuit seemed ripe for an upset.

A few more scenes from the show:

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Rumor, a German shepherd, and her handler Kent Boyles after winning the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden.
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A Clumber Spaniel stands before a fan.
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A Golden Retriever during the Sporting Group judging.
AP Photo/Mary Altaffer
Great Pyrenees compete in the ring.
AP Photo/Mary Altaffer
Vulkano, a bullmastiff, from Buenos Aires, gets a belly rub.
AP Photo/Julie Jacobson
A cocker spaniel shakes its coat before jogging around the ring.
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Chuckie, a Pekingese, won the Toy group.
AP Photo/Julie Jacobson
A Bernese Mountain dog eyes a treat as it follows its handler around the ring.
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Dalmatians stand in the ring during competition.
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A Bergamasco waits with its handler before competition on Feb. 13.
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A young handler poses her Rhodesian Ridgeback.
Reuters/Stephanie Keith
Duffy, a Norwegian Elkhound, won the Hound group.
Reuters/Stephanie Keith
Aftin, a Miniature Poodle, won the Non-Sporting group.
Reuters/Stephanie Keith
An owner pets her Puli backstage.