The yet-to-be-determined finalists will be judged against a bloodhound named Trumpet, a French Bulldog who goes by Winston, a posh Maltese named Hollywood, and River, a German Shepherd.
Trumpet the bloodhound won the gun dog category, strutting his facial folds and droopy ears as he beat other dogs, soaking up the spotlight and the cheers, his handler and owner Heather Helmer told Fox Sports immediately. after his victory.
The non-sporting group may be one of the oldest categories in dog show history, but Winston, the bulldog who fought his way to beat 20 other non-sporting dogs for first place, didn’t. nothing senior. Winston’s pretty steps on the floor to show off his stature were met with enthusiastic cheers from the onlookers and even more so once he was named the winner.
Excelling competitively is no stranger to Winston, who counts Los Angeles Chargers defensive lineman Morgan Fox among his owners.
“If that’s how my parents felt watching my games all these years, I apologize,” he said. tweeted watching the show.
Winston’s “big bat ears,” round eyes and good genes make him exceptional in his class, his trainer and co-owner Perry Payson told Fox Sports moments after the win.
Hollywood the Maltese also demonstrated what perfection looks like on a toy dog. Her neat white hair trailed behind her like paparazzi as she ran along the green stage to be judged.
“She has a nice hair texture,” said her handler, Tim Lehman. “I think she’s a great representation of what a Maltese should look like.”
Lehman said Hollywood loves being in the ring and living outside of the competition.
The River German Shepherd apparently floated to first place in the herding category, leaving about two dozen other dogs to lick their wounds in defeat.
When his handler, Lenny R. Brown, was asked what separated River from other top dogs in his class, the answer was simple: “The standard.”
Live coverage of the event can be streamed on the Westminster Kennel Club website from 7-11 p.m. EST.