The 2017 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Highlights Big Wins For Purina Pro Plan-Fed Dogs


Best of Breed winners vied for top honors at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Among the Group First winners, six of seven were dogs fed Purina® Pro Plan® dog food. The success of Purina® Pro Plan®-fed dogs at the Garden reflects the record set in 2016 in which 98 of the Top 100 all-breed champions were fed the super-premium dog food.*

It was the 5-year-old German Shepherd Dog bitch, “Rumor” (GCH Lockenhaus’ Rumor Has It V Kenlyn), who came out of retirement and captured Best in Show. It had been 30 years since a Herding dog won the coveted title. An 8-year-old male, “Manhattan” (CH Covy Tucker Hill’s Manhattan), won in 1987.

Best in Show judge Thomas H. Bradley III of Watertown, New York, selected the 6 ½-year-old Irish Setter, “Adrian” (GCH Vermilion’s Sea Breeze), as the Reserve Best in Show winner. Handled by professional Adam Bernardin of Chaplin, Connecticut, Adrian is fed Purina® Pro Plan® NATURAL Turkey & Barley Formula.

“Adrian is a consistent performer in the ring,” says Bernardin. “He is a cool, collected dog who puts me at ease with his reliability.”

Here is a recap of the winners at the 2017 Westminster Dog Show.

Registered Name: GCH Lockenhaus’ Rumor Has It V Kenlyn 
Call Name: “Rumor” 
Breed: German Shepherd Dog
Breeders: Pamela McElheney and Kent Boyles 
Owners: Deborah Stern, Pamela Buckles, Patti Dukeman, Pamela McElheney, and Kent Boyles 
Handler: Kent Boyles

Registered Name: GCH Vermilion’s Sea Breeze
Call Name: “Adrian” 
Breed: Irish Setter 
Breeders: Bruce and Mary Foote, Caroline Deslauriers, and Kim Kazee
Owners: Sandra Nordstrom, and Bruce and Mary Foote
Handler: Adam Bernardin 
Formula Fed: Purina® Pro Plan® NATURAL Turkey & Barley Formula

Registered Name: GCH Vin-Melca’s Daggarwood Delight 
Call Name: “Duffy” 
Breed: Norwegian Elkhound 
Breeders: Nicole Casavechia and Kevin Richard 
Owner: Patricia V. Trotter 
Handler: Patricia V. Trotter 
Formula Fed: Purina® Pro Plan® SPORT Performance 30/20 Salmon & Rice Formula

Registered Name: GCH Pequest Pickwick 
Call Name: “Chuck” 
Breed: Pekingese 
Breeder: David Fitzpatrick 
Owners: Nancy H. Shapland and David Fitzpatrick 
Handler: David Fitzpatrick 
Formula Fed: Purina® Pro Plan® NATURAL Grain Free Chicken & Egg Formula

Registered Name: GCH Danfour Avalon As If 
Call Name: “Aftin” 
Breed: Miniature Poodle 
Breeders: Daniel Chavez and Brian Cordova 
Owners: Daniel Chavez, and James and Janet Moses
Handler: Daniel Chavez 
Formula Fed: Purina® Pro Plan® SPORT Active 26/16 Formula

Registered Name: GCH Mephisto’s Speak Of The Devil 
Call Name: “Devlin”
Breed: Boxer 
Breeders: Michelle and Peter Yeadon, and Monika Pinsker 
Owners: Mrs. Jack Billhardt and Sergio Tenenbaum 
Handler: Diego Garcia 
Formula Fed: Purina® Pro Plan® SPORT Performance 30/20 Chicken & Rice Formula

Registered Name: GCH Taliesin Twice As Nice
Call Name: “Tanner” 
Breed: Norwich Terrier 
Breeders: Lisa and John Sons, and Joan Eckert 
Owner: Lisa Sons
Handler: Susan DePew 
Formulas Fed: Purina® Pro Plan® SPORT Performance 30/20 Chicken & Rice Formula and Purina® Pro Plan® FOCUS Sensitive Skin & Stomach Salmon & Rice Formula

Congratulations to all!

*The handlers or owners of these champions may have been received Purina® Pro Plan® dog food as Purina ambassadors.