German Shorthaired Pointer Wins 2016 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
America has a new top dog: CJ, a German shorthaired pointer, won Best in Show at the 140th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
The 3-year-old won out over 2,751 other entrants spread across 199 breeds. This makes for CJ’s 18th overall Best In Show victory over the course of his career, and he beat some impressive competition. CJ earned the victory over a German shepherd, a Skye terrier, a shih tzu, a bulldog and a Samoyed in the finals. Ultimately, a borzoi named Lucy was the runner-up.
Of course, CJ’s winning ways are a part of his heritage, as His grandmother, Carlee, was one of only two other German shorthaired pointers to win the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Carlee was crowned champion in 2005, and it’s been a long journey back to the Westminster title for her family line.
Handler Valerie Nunes Atkinson beamed about her prized German shorthaired pointer, stating CJ “has that extra sparkle” that makes him unique, adding that he’s “an old soul.”
Congratulations to CJ on the big win!
— American Kennel Club (@akcdoglovers) February 17, 2016
What do you think about CJ winning Best In Show? Sound off in the comments! But for now, it looks like CJ can ride high on his fame, rather than get a job shoveling snow like some other dogs we know.