The latest Westminster Dog Show winner has just been announced, and it’s time to find out who went home with the Best in Show title at this year’s exhibition. Many dog aficionados felt Rumor the German Shephard was a shoe-in, but there was a last-minute upset that may leave some viewers doing a double take.
The 140th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was held February 15 and 16 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Every year, a new four-legged celebrity is born, having been crowned king or queen of the dog world and earning worldwide name recognition in canine circles, as well as various trophies and other baubles. This year, the Westminster Dog Show winner 2016 was three-year-old CJ, a German shorthaired pointer. (Fun fact: CJ is short for California Journey.)
The title of overall winner, or Best in Show, is awarded to one of the seven group winners the Westminster Kennel Club honors. These top contenders compete for Best in Show only after first emerging victorious in their own group.
The WKC Dog Show 2016 groups and group winners were:
Best in Group: Lucy the Borzoi
Best in Group: Panda the Shih Tzu
Best in Group: Rumor the German Shepherd
Best in Group: Annabelle the Bulldog
Best in Group: CJ the German Shorthaired Pointer – *Winner: Best in Show
Best in Group: Bogey the Samoyed
Charlie the Skye Terrier
Since 1877, the Westminster Kennel Club has held their annual dog shows to highlight, rank and reward achievements in canine showmanship. Though the dogs typically get all of the attention, most of the real work is done by human beings. From the groomers and the trainers to the owners and the handlers, an entire team of people and a mountain of expenses are behind every single dog that competes for Best in Show. In many ways, this process is very similar to the process by which a human celebrity – say, an actress – is prepared for her moment in the sun.
For example, when Julianne Moore won Best Actress at last year’s 2015 Academy Awards, she no doubt had a stylist to assist in picking out her gown; a glam squad to make sure her hair and make up were perfect; a publicist and agent to help take care of all the little details that go into prepping for any big event; and the list goes on. In short, whether on two legs or four, it generally takes a village and a whole pile of money to claim an A-list victory.
Just like any human celebrity, the Westminster Dog Show winner 2016 had plenty of help preparing for the big day. But after all was said and done, it ultimately came down to the winner’s ability to charm the judges and check all the little boxes on their list.
Congratulations and a huge “atta boy” to CJ, the German shorthaired pointer, for being this year’s Westminster Dog Show winner!