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The rumors are true: This is definitely Rumor's year! The 5-year-old German shepherd (a.k.a. GCH CH Lockenhaus’ Rumor Has It V Kenlyn) had been favored to win last year's show but lost out to C.J. the German short-haired pointer. Next up? Finding "the perfect husband" for Rumor, said her handler Kent Boyles.
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The 3-year-old male German shorthaired pointer from Temecula, California, was co-owned, bred, and handled by Valerie Nunes-Atkinson. CJ’s big win marked the first time a co-owner, breeder, and handler had won Westminster since 1983.
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MISS P: 2015
The beagle (formal name: Ch Tashtins Lookin For Trouble) was only the second of her breed to win at Westminster. Good looks apparently run in the family: Miss P is grandniece to 2008 Westminster champ, Uno.
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When the wire fox terrier (a.k.a. GCH Afterall Painting the Sky) wasn’t strutting her stuff in dog shows (she nabbed 128 Best in Show titles in her prestigious career!) the ginger-colored pooch napped, according to her Facebook page. Clearly, you snooze, you win!
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BANANA JOE: 2013
What this year’s top dog lacked in stature, he made up for in personality. The pint-sized Affenpinscher (a.k.a. GCH Banana Joe V Tani Kazari) was the first of his breed to ever take home Westminster’s Best in Show prize. “It’s just a wonderful thing as a tribute for a small breed with such a big heart,” handler Ernesto Lara said post-victory.
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The fluffy Pekingese (a.k.a. Ch Palacegarden Malachy) waddled away with the top prize in 2012 – and dogs everywhere made a concerted effort to up their hair game. “I use the rice paper to protect his shiny coat,” said the dog’s owner, David Fitzpatrick, in 2011. “He loves getting groomed, partly due to the special attention.”
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She’s 85 lbs. of winner! The imposing 5-year-old Scottish deerhound (a.k.a. Ch. Foxcliffe Hickory Wind) was the first of her breed to earn Best in Show. “She showed like she’s never shown before,” handler Angela Lloyd told reporters. “Even [despite] all of the lights and cameras and the noise and the spotlights, she came right through it.”
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The eighth Scottish terrier to nab the crown, Sadie (a.k.a. Ch. Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot) had previously competed in ‘08 and ‘09. “She’s very special. She’s a total package,” judge Elliott Weiss told PEOPLEPets.com. “A dog of this quality comes along about once every 10 years.”
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At 10, some would’ve said Stump didn’t have a chance. But the inspiring Sussex spaniel (a.k.a. Ch. Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee) overcame the odds, becoming the oldest pup ever to win Westminster’s top title.
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The first beagle to win the show, Uno (a.k.a. Ch. K-Run’s Park Me in First) captured the nation’s hearts. During his reign, he rang the bell at the NASDAQ, threw first pitches at Milwaukee Brewers’ and St. Louis Cardinals’ games and even helmed a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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An English Spring Spaniel with a regal air, this champ (a.k.a. Ch. Felicity’s Diamond Jim) had a handler who also guided a pooch to Best in Show at the 2000 Westminster competition.
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The weekend before this colored bull terrier (a.k.a. Ch. Rocky Top’s Sundance Kid) won top honors, N.Y.C. was pummeled with 27 in. of snow. Not that it mattered: Madison Square Garden was still sold out for both days of Westminster.
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When this sweet German shorthaired pointer took the crown, it marked the first time the judging was broadcast live on the Internet. Dog lovers from 140 countries logged on to watch Carlee (a.k.a. Ch. Kan-Point’s VJK Autumn Roses) win it all.
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This soft, sweet and statuesque Newfoundland (a.k.a Ch. Darbydale’s All Rise Pouch Cove) was handled by Michelle Ostermiller, who would later help propel 2005’s winner to Best in Show glory too.
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Winning hearts as well as championships, this 2003 victor, a Kerry blue terrier (a.k.a. Ch. Torums Scarf Michael), claimed both the Westminster crown and England’s prestigious Crufts title, becoming only the second dog ever to do so.
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Groomed and fluffed to perfection, this miniature poodle (a.k.a. Ch. Surrey Spice Girl) knew all the right moves when she won the Westminster title: Her breeder was a judge for the 1978 show!
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CH SALILYN 'N ERIN'S SHAMELESS: 2000
The 5-year-old English springer spaniel, one of 2,500 pups to compete that year, had legacy on her side when she stood before the Best in Show judges: her sire, Ch. Salilyn’s Condor, won the top title in 1993.