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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 all-breed champions were fed the super-premium dog food.*

It was the 5-year-old German Shepherd Dog, “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 handler Adam Bernardin of Chaplin, Connecticut. “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

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: “Chuckie”

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.

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