The competition at the prestigious 140th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show came to an end with C.J. the German shorthaired pointer from the sporting group fetching the coveted title.
More than 3,000 dogs from seven groups across the nation were chasing the dream, but only could become “Best in Show.”
C.J. is the third German shorthaired pointer to become “Best in Show” at Westminster, but it wasn’t a walk in the park taking the title of top dog.
“He’s a beautiful example of a German shorthaired pointer, obviously,” Westminster Kennel Club spokesman Gail Miller Bisher said on “Good Morning America” today. “He has a stoicism about him. He’s calm, he’s alert, he’s a very show-dog.”
This year’s fierce competitors proved to be a “ruff” crowd. Among the seven finalists were Rumor the German shepherd from the hunting group, Bogey the Samoyed from the working group, Lucy the borzoi from the hound group, Charlie the Skye terrier from the terrier group, Panda the shih tzu from the toy group and Annabelle the bulldog from the non-sporting group.
“In the ‘Best in Show’ ring, when you get to that level in the competition, the dogs are all top-winning dogs, they’re at the top of their game, it’s special,” Bisher explained. “It’s like the Super Bowl of dog shows, and he [C.J.] took it. He was the winner.”
Fun facts about C.J. the “Best in Show” winner:
He goes by the nickname “The Prince” at home.
His favorite snack: chicken and carrots. And he might be allowed to jump on the bed.
It runs in the family:
C.J.’s grandmother is Carlee, who was the 2005 Westminster “Best in Show.” C.J.’s owner and handler, Valerie Nunes-Atkinson, also owned Carlee.
C.J. has only been showing for six months and he has already won 18 “Best in Show” titles.
His interesting movements:
When C.J. shows, he always bows to stretch himself out. When he starts to move for the movement shot, he usually sneezes.
“He kind of shakes it out,” Nunes-Atkinson said on “Good Morning America.”
No daily training:
C.J.’s owner says he knows what to do and doesn’t train. Nunes-Atkinson will reinforce things he was taught when he was younger, but she doesn’t necessarily teach him new things. He runs for conditioning many times throughout the day.
“He’s a regular house dog. We have a few other house dogs he runs and plays with and he rips around the property with them,” said Nunes-Atkinson. She owns six dogs, all of different breeds, including two rescue dogs. C.J. also loves their cat, Tootsie, who wants nothing to do with him. He licks the cat, grabs and plays with her.
Favorite play time activity:
He loves fetching balls and carrying anything in his mouth.