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Saturday 18 November 2017

These pictures from New York's Westminster Dog Show will give you serious pet envy

A West Highland White Terrier is groomed in the benching area during day two of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 141st Annual Dog Show in New York
A West Highland White Terrier is groomed in the benching area during day two of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 141st Annual Dog Show in New York
A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is seen in the benching area during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 141st Annual Dog Show in New York on February 13, 2017
2012 Best in Show winner Malachy, a Pekingese, stands at the Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
A Yorkshire Terrier runs during competition at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, February 13, 2017 in New York City. There are 2874 dogs entered in this show with a total entry of 2908 in 200 different breeds or varieties, including 23 obedience entries. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
A Standard Poodle runs during competition at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, February 13, 2017 in New York City.
Rumor the German Shepherd poses for photos after winning Best In Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, February 14, 2017 in New York City.
Betty the Komondor runs during competition in the working category on the final night at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, February 14, 2017 in New York City.
Devlin the Boxer is embraced by her handler Diego Garcia after winning the working group on the final night at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, February 14, 2017 in New York City.
A Dogue de Bordeaux gets a drink of water while on the sidelines in the working category on the final night at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, February 14, 2017 in New York City.
A Neapolitan Mastiff runs during competition in the working category on the final night at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, February 14, 2017 in New York City.
A Cocker Spaniel competes during the sporting category on the final night at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, February 14, 2017 in New York City.
A Saint Bernard is seen in the benching area during day two of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 141st Annual Dog Show in New York on February 14, 2017. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A Cocker Spaniel is seen in the benching area during day two of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 141st Annual Dog Show in New York on February 14, 2017. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY
A Neopolitan Mastiff waits in the judging area during day two of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 141st Annual Dog Show in New York on February 14, 2017. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A Newfoundland is seen in the benching area during day two of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 141st Annual Dog Show in New York on February 14, 2017.
Rumor the German Shepherd and handler Kent Boyles pose for photos after winning Best In Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, February 14, 2017 in New York City.
A Pembroke Welsh Corgi runs during competition at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, February 13, 2017 in New York City.
Adrian the Irish Setter was runner up for 'best-in-show' on the final night at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, February 14, 2017 in New York City.
A Shih Tzu sits in the benching area during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 141st Annual Dog Show in New York on February 13, 2017.
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

Rumour the German shepherd was crowned the best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which saw more than 2,800 dogs compete for the title of top dog in New York's Madison Square Garden this week.

The five-year-old pooch narrowly missed out on the title at last year’s prestigious show, where she watched a German shorthaired pointer named CJ take the crown.

Rumor the German Shepherd and handler Kent Boyles pose for photos after winning Best In Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, February 14, 2017 in New York City.
Rumor the German Shepherd and handler Kent Boyles pose for photos after winning Best In Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, February 14, 2017 in New York City.
Rumor the German Shepherd poses for photos after winning Best In Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, February 14, 2017 in New York City.

This year, however, the German shepherd was the favourite of the judges who described the pooch as "magnificent" and rated her higher than some of the show’s most elite contestants.

Speaking to the New York Times, best-in-show judge Thomas Bradley said: "The German shepherd standard talks about quality and nobility. She is just magnificent."

A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is seen in the benching area during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 141st Annual Dog Show in New York on February 13, 2017
A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is seen in the benching area during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 141st Annual Dog Show in New York on February 13, 2017
A West Highland White Terrier is groomed in the benching area during day two of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 141st Annual Dog Show in New York
2012 Best in Show winner Malachy, a Pekingese, stands at the Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
A Standard Poodle runs during competition at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, February 13, 2017 in New York City.
Rumor the German Shepherd poses for photos after winning Best In Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, February 14, 2017 in New York City.
Betty the Komondor runs during competition in the working category on the final night at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, February 14, 2017 in New York City.
Devlin the Boxer is embraced by her handler Diego Garcia after winning the working group on the final night at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, February 14, 2017 in New York City.
A Dogue de Bordeaux gets a drink of water while on the sidelines in the working category on the final night at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, February 14, 2017 in New York City.
A Neapolitan Mastiff runs during competition in the working category on the final night at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, February 14, 2017 in New York City.
A Cocker Spaniel competes during the sporting category on the final night at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, February 14, 2017 in New York City.
A Saint Bernard is seen in the benching area during day two of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 141st Annual Dog Show in New York on February 14, 2017. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A Cocker Spaniel is seen in the benching area during day two of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 141st Annual Dog Show in New York on February 14, 2017. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY
A Neopolitan Mastiff waits in the judging area during day two of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 141st Annual Dog Show in New York on February 14, 2017. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A Newfoundland is seen in the benching area during day two of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 141st Annual Dog Show in New York on February 14, 2017.
Rumor the German Shepherd and handler Kent Boyles pose for photos after winning Best In Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, February 14, 2017 in New York City.
A Pembroke Welsh Corgi runs during competition at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, February 13, 2017 in New York City.
Adrian the Irish Setter was runner up for 'best-in-show' on the final night at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, February 14, 2017 in New York City.

Named after a popular Adele song, Rumour’s toughest competition was an Irish setter named Adrian, who celebrated coming runner up with his handler Adam Bernardin.

Duffy, the Norwegian elkhound, also proved tough competition particularly as her owner, Patricia Trotter, was given a lifetime achievement award by the American Kennel Club three years ago.

Devlin the Boxer is embraced by her handler Diego Garcia after winning the working group on the final night at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, February 14, 2017 in New York City.
Devlin the Boxer is embraced by her handler Diego Garcia after winning the working group on the final night at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, February 14, 2017 in New York City.

Other worthy competitors included boxer, Devlin, who jumped into his handler Diego Garcia’s arms after coming top of his group, Aftin, a miniature poodle, Tanner, a Norwich terrier, and Chuckie, a Pekingese, who stole the heart of the crowd in Madison Square Garden this week. 

This event marks the 141st annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which has been held in New York City since 1877. The show, held in Madison Square Garden, is a yearly sell-out and is broadcast to an audience of 1.4m people in over 140 countries world-wide.

A Standard Poodle competes at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, February 13, 2017 in New York City.
A Standard Poodle competes at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, February 13, 2017 in New York City.
2012 Best in Show winner Malachy, a Pekingese, stands at the Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
A Dogue de Bordeaux gets a drink of water while on the sidelines in the working category on the final night at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, February 14, 2017 in New York City.
A Dogue de Bordeaux gets a drink of water while on the sidelines in the working category on the final night at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, February 14, 2017 in New York City.

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