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.