Trumpet the bloodhound crowned overall winner of Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

A bloodhound named Trumpet has won the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Trumpet beat a French bulldog, a German shepherd, a Maltese, an English setter, a Samoyed and a Lakeland terrier to take the Best in Show trophy.

“I am so excited for Trumpet,” said handler Heather Helmer, who co-owns and bred the four-year-old.

Trumpet became the first bloodhound to win the Westminster show.

Winston, a French bulldog co-owned by NFL defensive lineman Morgan Fox, took second in the nation’s most prestigious dog show.

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The competition drew more than 3,000 purebred dogs, ranging from affenpinschers to Yorkshire terriers. The goal is to crown the dog that most represents the ideal for its breed.

Usually held in winter at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, the show moved to the suburban Lyndhurst estate last year and this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Westminster is often described as the Super Bowl of US dog shows, and Winston aimed to make it so for Fox, a defensive lineman who was just signed by the Los Angeles Chargers and has played for the Los Angeles Rams and the Carolina Panthers.

Before the finals, Fox said he was “ecstatic” when Winston made it there.

“He’s basically a superstar,” Fox said.

The dog came his way from his grandmother, Sandy Fox, who has bred and shown Frenchies for years.

The head of a large dog with fur in long cords like dreadlocks.
A Hungarian komondor competes in the working group. (AP: Frank Franklin II)

Morgan Fox grew up with one and said as he watched Winston mature, he knew the dog was a winner in both appearance and character.

“He’s a joy to be around,” Fox said.

“He always walks around with as much of a smile on his face as a dog can have.”

Winston faced Striker, a Samoyed that also made the finals last year; River, a big-winning German shepherd; and eventual champion Trumpet, descended from the 2014 winner of another major show, the Thanksgiving-season National Dog Show.

AP

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