Rumor the good dog/German Shepherd won Westminster’s Best In Show

I didn’t watch the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show last night, although I normally love any dog show I can find. I was too busy watching the news (yeah, I’m back to watching cable news) and the early rounds of the Rotterdam ATP tournament (Marin Cilic, y’all). Whenever I do watch dog shows, I’m inevitably annoyed by how often dogs in the Toy group win. Give me Working Dogs, Herding Dogs and Hounds. Those are my favorites. And a herding dog won! German Shepherd Rumor (a girl dog) won Westminster this year! And now she gets to go to the Empire State Building and Sardi’s, I sh-t you not.

While every canine is a good boy (or girl!), Rumor is the official Top Dog. The 5-year-old German shepherd won the coveted Best in Show title on Tuesday night at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City. As part of the title, Rumor, a.k.a. GCH CH Lockenhaus’ Rumor Has It V Kenlyn, and her handler Kent Boyles pawed off with a fancy bowl and beautiful ribbon.

Rumor, who won the Herding Group earlier in the show, beat out thousands of other canines from 202 breeds. Adrian the Irish Setter was runner-up, with Chuckie the Pekingese, Astin the miniature poodle, Duffy the Norwegian elkhound, Devlin the Boxer and Tanner the Norwich terrier rounding out the rest of the Best in Show pack. Rumor was the favorite to win the 2016 Westminster Best in Show, but lost out to CJ the German short-haired pointer.

To celebrate her big win, Rumor will be treated to a special lunch at famed New York City eatery Sardi’s, a trip to the top of the Empire State Building and all around A-list attention in the days to come. Boyles said that after this win he plans to focus on finding “the perfect husband” for Rumor.

[From People]

I’ve been thinking a lot about dogs and cats lately. I put my beloved rescue dog down last year (he was very old and he was no longer able to walk) and I’ve been riding solo ever since. I honestly can’t decide if I want a cat next or if I should go for another dog. The thing is, I don’t have the energy for a puppy, so if I get a dog, I would get an older dog, and I would get a smaller dog than my soulmate puppy, who was a 100-lb beast. Personally, I love German Shepherds – they have such intelligent faces, and they’re supposed to be one of the smartest breeds. Maybe if I find a Shepherd-mix who is a few years old, I’ll bring him home. Sigh…

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  1. Blackcat says:

    Yay! I love a German Shepherd. We have 3 cat babies, but if we had room and yardage I’d have one!

  2. NeoCleo says:

    I love big dogs but I’m just too old to keep up with them. My fur baby is a compact 17 pounds and he’s still almost too energetic for me.

  3. Psu Doh Nihm says:

    That boxer was on point last night. She went right to her pose on her own and held it in perfect position. I was pulling for her just because she seemed so confident and comfortable. But rumor was my second favorite.

    • moo says:

      I loved the boxer too – was hoping she’d come in 2nd , but thought that Rumor deserved BOS. I felt for that judge as they were all beautiful dogs.

  4. Pansy says:

    Do it! We have a 4 year old GSD and she’s the best, smartest, most loyal dog we’ve ever could imagined having! I’m so glad Rumor won!

  5. Vv says:

    Kaiser! sorry to hear about your fur baby but if you’re looking for a new friend on the more adult side have a look at “Suzie’s senior dogs”. They do angel’s work

  6. NotSoSocialButterfy says:

    So sorry about your loss. Losing a pet hurts.

    We have three teenagers and currently have three cats and two dogs. I was raised with all kinds of animals, but now I am totally bananas for dogs. We have two herders, Shetland Sheepdogs, and they bring us such joy each day. We just brought our second dog home after Christmas, a six year old. Go for an adult dog! So many want puppies, while so many adults wait for homes. You won’t regret it!

  7. minx says:

    We have three rescue cats and a rescue Aussie dog. They get along very well.

  8. Indiana Joanna says:

    I love dog shows but don’t have cable so rarely watch them. A friend and her husband in their 70s recently adopted a 4 year old bull dog mix rescue who had been badly treated and only kept to breed. The dog could barely walk, but now is thriving. The friend is thrilled with her and interrupts her day to just cuddle with her new friend.

    And yeah to large breeds winning. I rescued my retriever mix eight years ago and can’t imagine life without her. I am a better human because of her.

  9. sunjet says:

    Ahhh! I have a Shepherd, they really are such intelligent dogs. I have had both large and small breed dogs and Lily is my first GSD…I have to say I can never see owning another breed again. Good job Rumor!! 🙂

  10. Sadezilla says:

    I’m a confirmed cat lady, but I love ogling dogs. The day I saw 2 German Shepherd puppies was a good one!

  11. Vizia says:

    Kaiser, a good way to see if you’re ready to adopt again is to foster–most shelters/rescues are looking for people who can take care of an animal short term for a variety of reasons (too nervous in shelter, recovering from surgery/illness, etc). If you fall in love and decide to keep them, great! If you don’t, or the experience shows you that it’s too soon, or you would be better off with a dog vs cat or vice versa, then you’ve still helped an animal in need.

    Good luck!

  12. Jessie says:

    Congrats to Rumor! Always loved German Shepherds.

  13. Lightpurple says:

    We had a Shepherd growing up. So gentle and caring. She used to let us ride her. My aunt had our dog’s brother. One of my brothers got lost in a snowstorm in the woods behind her house. The dog found him and brought him back to the house.

  14. Bluesky says:

    I love German Shepherds! A friend of mine has 3 and I never get tired of the pics he posts on FB.

    I’m in a similar situation, I had to put one of my dogs to sleep 5 years ago. The dog I still have is 17 and is losing his vision and hearing. He also slips and falls on my floors so I have to help him up. He’s about 35lbs. I’m not sure if I want to get another dog either after him. I got him and his sister when they were 4 years old and even that was an adjustment. I thought about either getting a smaller dog or a cat. Not sure of a cat because how strong smelling their urine is and I don’t want one who will ruin my furniture.

  15. Cinderella says:

    Beautiful Shepherd.

    Hugs and scratches to Rumor!

  16. Tig says:

    I am sick to have missed the show! Totally loved the Beagle at the obedience course(soo cute!) and Rumor’s win! Just a beautiful
    dog and such a presence. Read somewhere that her first breeding session didn’t “take”, which is why she came out of retirement. Sure hope puppies are in her future- she’s a stunner.
    Re adopting- recently adopted a 6/7 mth old rescue- can’t recommend that age enough! Post housebreaking/neutering, but still lots of puppy energy and antics. So glad I did it.

  17. Christin says:

    I lost my pound rescue chow-shepherd mix just over a year ago (his hips gave out at 14). He was without doubt the smartest dog I’ve ever been owned by. He actually paid attention, and I always attributed that to his shepherd heritage.

    He also had the beautiful facial markings, combined with some lion-like chow fluff around his head. He was pretty that the groomer put bows in his hair. I’d seek out another shepherd mix in a heartbeat.

  18. OhDear says:

    That is a beautiful dog!

  19. Sansa says:

    Thank you so much for this post, I have a Shepard too 6 year old Hedi. Great to finally see this breed get respect they are so intelligent. Yahoo!!

  20. Mgsota says:

    I was happy to see a breed win that wasn’t a toy as well! I love German Shepard’s, whenever I see them working, my heart melts.
    We recently got a dog after mulling it over for a year. We got a Yorkie because I needed a dog that’s hypoallergenic. I am so much in love with him. He brings me so much joy!! I didn’t know if I’d like a small dog, but I love him so much!! He gets the first hug and kiss when I get home, before the husband and kids!

  21. WTW says:

    I’m so glad that the German Shepherd won! I have a Rottweiler, and it gets tiring seeing toy dogs win everything. I don’t know why there’s such a stigma against bigger dogs. Many people are shocked that I have a Rottie. I guess I appear to be a girly girl to them, so they can’t imagine that I would prefer big dogs. Anyway, larger breeds are among the most intelligent, and, yes, they are good protectors. But my dog is very calm and gentle. She seems to love very human she meets. Outside of my husband, she is the love of my life!

  22. shelly says:

    My beautiful dog was a half German Shepherd / half Rottweiler, he was the biggest, softest giant teddy bear of a dog ever.

    All dogs originally bred for sheep herding are clever dogs, and he was no exception.

    God I miss having a pet.

  23. L says:

    Proud Pug lover and owner here 👋. I gotta say that is a beautiful dog ..congratulations Rumor!! 🐶🐶🐶

  24. Moonstone says:

    Yay! This is melting my black heart 😍

  25. jugebair says:

    Adopt an older rescue! Our adopted cockapoo is 8 now, about 25 lbs and fit instantly into our life. When we got him he was done with puppy insanity, was already housebroken and while he doesn’t like other dogs, kids or FedEx trucks, he is perfect for us. Adopting an older dog is the best!!!

  26. Dolphin7 says:

    Gorgeous dog!!! Always have loved big dogs. I had two Newfoundlands that finally passed away of old age, now I have a 100 pound golden retriever. Love all dogs but it does seem like the toy breeds win more at the shows. So I’m happy when the judges go for the bigger ones too.

  27. Relli says:

    Aw what a beauty! Yesterday I found out some very devastating news about my 9.5 year-old beloved GS/Akita mix and I have been beside myself all last night. They really are the best dogs ever.

  28. Bethy says:

    I grew up with a 120 pound German Shepherd who was the love of my life. We did everything together. Up until a year ago, I always had small dogs as most apartments don’t allow big dogs and GSD tend to be on the banned breed list. I said when I bought my first house, I’d get a GSD. Then after my Pekingese died last year and I was ready to adopt a new dog, I found a German Shepherd/Collie Mix at the Humane Society. She’s 35 pounds love. And boy is she smart! So, when you are ready, Kaiser… there’s a dog out there for you too. 🐕

  29. Michelle says:

    I hate that I missed the dog show this year. It was something that I always look forward to watching. They must not have advertised it as much as they used to. We have two cats and that is a plenty for our household. I commend you and anyone for taking in rescue animals. If I had the money and the room, I would have a house full of them!

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      You did not miss much. FS1’s coverage of the groups and BIS was appalling. David Frei, the retired “Voice of Westminster,” was greatly missed!

  30. mellie says:

    Congrats to “Rumor Has It” who graciously accepted his award and then immediately apologized and handed over the trophy to the Goldendoodle “Put a Ring on It” as she was the most deserved nominee this year….

  31. Pandy says:

    Love all these dog stories. We had a lab growing up so I’ve always been into big dogs. Husband and I have so far only had a rescue cat together. We had to put him down last April and I still miss his little furry body so much … I’m afraid to commit to a dog as they seem like so much work but I suspect we will eventually. I need another cat in the meantime tho. This spring so he/she can hang in the yard with me. We’ve taped the WDS and can’t wait to watch!

    • sauvage says:

      I grew up with a cat and I had that prejudice that dogs were a lot of work, too. Turns out, they aren’t! For me, it was especially the thought of having to go out with them in any weather that put me off. It’s not that bad! It’s a good way to get you out of the house and into fresh air twice a day, and with all the love you have for your pets and vice versa, you just want to do them that service, no questions asked. I think it’s important to train your dogs well and be consequent about it; that’s about it. Playing with a dog is fun, cuddling with a dog is fun. In my case, cuddling with both cat and dog is even more fun. My boyfriend and I like to form a big pile on the floor with the furballs. Great family time!

  32. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    I love the GSD, there is no better breed, period. They are smart, loyal, loving, brave, strong, athletic, protective of children, and all things you could want in a dog. But I would suggest only getting one from a reputable breeder. Bad breeders have made the GSD prone to hip dysplasia and poor temperament. A good breeder will have the “OFA” (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) certificate and even x-rays of their dogs. Although that is not a “guarantee” it does drastically reduce the chances of your dog developing debilitating hip dysplasia. Also look for any in-breeding in their lines, and how well the breeders know the temperament of the dogs. Although a getting a rescue dog is nice, for larger breeds or any breed that is prone to serious health issues, I would personally only get one from a reputable breeder who keeps health certificates of their lines (whether it’s hips, or eyes, or whatever that particular breed is prone to).

    • Annetommy says:

      It’s difficult to tell without a side on shot of this dog, but many GSDs have been bred with an exaggerated crouch in their back legs. There was an outcry at the Crufts UK show recently when the class winner was so ridiculously crouched the poor animal could hardly walk. Breeders and show judges need to stop encouraging what is really a deformity. .

      • paranormalgirl says:

        Yes. They need to refrain from breeding a weakness into an otherwise strong and beautiful breed. And they need not to allow the severe slope in a GSD hindquarters to be a breed standard. Rumor doesn’t have as bad an exaggerated hind quarter slope that many german shepherds have. She is stunning.

        I’m a terrier girl (2 scotties, a cairn, and a glen of amal) but I also love me some working and sporting dogs, too. I have a Belgian Malinois who is my baby.

    • mary mary says:

      “Although getting a rescue dog is nice, for larger breeds or any breed that is prone to serious health issues, I would personally only get one from a reputable breeder who keeps health certificates of their lines (whether it’s hips, or eyes, or whatever that particular breed is prone to)” This really defeats the purpose of adopting a rescue dog, if finances are not an issue.

      All dogs large or small, deserve a loving home, breed imperfections and all.

      If one can afford it, along with having the compassion and empathy, why not provide a loving home for a dog that is less than perfect? Our rescue Great Danes are large wonderful sweet dogs, that are less than perfect (one has medical issues) but we choose to adopt and provide a good home and care, than go “shopping” at a $$$$ breeder for the blemish free dog. If one can afford to buy an expensive top bred dog, then perhaps, they can afford to rescue a dog, but honestly don’t have the love, empathy and compassion to take on a dog with a health issue and provide the dog with the love and care that all dogs deserve.

      • BearcatLawyer says:

        Excuse me? Just because someone chooses to purchase a dog means s/he does not “have the love, empathy and compassion to take on a dog with a health issue and provide the dog with the love and care that all dogs deserve?” I don’t think so.

        There are many reasons people choose to buy from a competent, professional breeder, just as there are many reasons others choose to adopt from a shelter or through a rescue. Neither is the superior choice – they are just different options. Having actually worked as the rescue coordinator for my local AKC Cavalier King Charles Spaniel club, I can say without hesitation that some people are much better off building a relationship with a skilled breeder and buying a dog from one. Adopting a dog with health or behavioural issues or whose background is obscure is just not for everyone. And frankly, “adopting” from some retail rescues is essentially the functional equivalent of buying an animal from a substandard, incompetent producer.

        I resent the “adopt don’t shop” message that implies that adopting is ALWAYS the preferable option and that buying is wrong. That is simply not true. It also overlooks the fact that good breeders are often huge supporters of legitimate rescue operations because they care about their breeds as well as the welfare of ALL animals. They willingly give their time, money, and expertise to become safety nets for the animals brought into this world by irresponsible producers. Adopt or shop – it should be an individual’s choice to decide when and how they add an animal to his/her family, and s/he should act responsibly and ethically.

      • mary mary says:

        Excuse me? Also, as my vet pointed out many professional breeders also put down perfectly healthy dogs because they are deaf( blemished) but in every other way are healthy. Is, that one’s idea of being a responsible breeder?

        No, one said buying is wrong, but ethically there are many good available dogs to adopt, why bring more pets into the world, because they want a perfect unblemished pet?

      • Teri says:

        No, that is not anyone’s idea of a responsible breeder. If responsible breedrs don’t continue to breed the only dogs left will be those from irresponsible breeders or irresponsible dog owners who allows their dogs to breed at will. The dogs that would be produced would have increasing health problems because there wouldn’t be anyone doing the research to breed the healthiest dogs possible – that’s what responsible breeders do.

  33. Hmm says:

    Hey Kaiser, there are a decent amount of rescues that give free lifelong medical treatment to senior dogs that they adopt out. For instance, there is one in California that works specifically with senior German shepherds. Low energy and perks of less costs 🙂

  34. laur says:

    Makes me sad how ‘sloped’ that back is. Deliberately bred for “breed standard” but causes hip dysplasia in tonnes of GSD’s. Image over health…

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:


    • Persephone says:

      I’ve always been a rescue advocate until I had my twins. They are both on the spectrum and one has severe allergies. After searching for the right breed for two years, we decided on a Golden Doodle. She has been perfect for our boys and I make no apologies for our decision. Having said that, if you are able to rescue a dog, you should. Once the boys get older, I have full intensions of finding a rescue baby to complete our family.

    • Teri says:

      That dog has 14 generations of dogs with certified good hips behind her as she does.

  35. sauvage says:

    If you can’t decide between a cat and a dog, personally, I can whole-heartedly recommend getting both. I was the one with the then-nine-year-old cat, my boyfriend brought the then-two-year-old corgi into the relationship. We went basically: “Hey y’all, you’re siblings now!”, and they totally figured it out. (She’s an exceptionally patient cat.)

  36. Jeanne says:

    I am so happy that my favorite breed won this year. I used to raise and show Shepherd’s and this one is beautiful. I am just sorry I didn’t get to see it because of not having the right channel to watch it, had it in the past but they changed. But congrats to Rumor, that is great

  37. Evie says:

    @Kaiser: so sorry for the loss of your beloved fur baby! But go get another German Shepherd! They are the best: intelligent, loyal and fun companions. I was so glad to see Rumor the German Shepherd take Best in Show — only the second GSD to do so. This win was l-o-n-g overdue. Congratulations, Rumor!!!

  38. Raina says:

    We adopted a rescue greyhound last year — a retired racer. He is the most awesome dog ever! He’s a 75lb couch potato who is very laid back and low energy. He only needs about 20 minutes of exercise a day…he’s perfectly happy playing fetch in the house and taking a few laps around the back yard. Greyhounds are very cat-like, so it’s the best of both worlds. I highly encourage anyone who is looking for an adult dog to look into them! He is also so patient with my two small kids. He really is the greatest guy ever.

    • mary mary says:

      Raina: Congratulations on your Greyhound adoption!

      Did not realize that Greyhounds are also indoor couch potatoes ( as are Great Danes) and very similar in temperament as Great Danes tend to be gentle giants with their immediate family.

      It is nice to hear how well your dog adapted and is a good fit for his family too.