Finalists yet to be determined will be judged against a bloodhound named Trumpet, a French bulldog named Winston, a dashing Maltese named Hollywood, and River, a German Shepherd.
Trumpet the hound won the hound category, strutting with his facial creases and floppy ears as he out-dogged other hounds, soaking up the attention and cheers, his handler and owner, Heather Helmer, told Fox Sports immediately after his victory.
The non-sporting group may be one of the oldest categories in dog show history, but there’s nothing older than Winston, the bulldog who worked his way up to beat out 20 other non-sporting dogs for the top spot. Winston’s cute steps across the floor to show off his stature were met with enthusiastic applause from the spectators and even more so once he was named the winner.
Excelling in the competition is no stranger to Winston, who counts Los Angeles Chargers defensive lineman Morgan Fox among his owners.
“If this is how my parents felt watching my games all these years, I apologize,” he said. tweeted while watching the show.
Winston’s “big bat ears,” round eyes and good genes make him exceptional in his class, his manager and co-owner, Perry Payson, told Fox Sports moments after the victory.
Hollywood the Maltese also demonstrated what perfection looks like on a toy dog. Her well-coiffed white hair trailed behind her like paparazzi as she trotted across the green stage to be judged.
“She has a beautiful hair texture,” said her manager, Tim Lehman. “I think she’s a great representation of how she should be a Maltese.”
Lehman said that Hollywood loves being in the ring and life outside of competition.
The River German Shepherd apparently floated to first place in the herding category, leaving some two dozen other dogs licking their wounds in defeat.
When his handler, Lenny R. Brown, was asked what made River different from the other top-notch dogs in his category, the answer was simple: “The Standard.”
Live coverage of the event can be streamed on the Westminster Kennel Club website from 7pm to 11pm EST.