Something to toot his horn about! Trumpet is first EVER bloodhound to win the Westminster Dog Show as he beats LA Chargers defensive lineman Morgan Fox's French bulldog to take the coveted title

  • Trumpet beat a French bulldog, a German shepherd, a Maltese, an English setter, a Samoyed and a Lakeland terrier in the 146th Westminster Dog Show
  • It's the first time a Bloodhound has won Westminster's Best in Show prize in the event's 146-year history 
  • The show featured more than 3,500 dogs with over 200 breeds competing in three different competitions

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A bloodhound named Trumpet won the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Wednesday night.

Trumpet beat a French bulldog, a German shepherd, a Maltese, an English setter, a Samoyed and a Lakeland terrier to take the trophy.

'I am so excited for Trumpet,' said handler Heather Helmer, who co-owns and bred the 4-year-old. Trumpet became the first bloodhound to win Westminster.

Winston, a French bulldog co-owned by NFL defensive lineman Morgan Fox, took second in the nation's most prestigious dog show.

Trumpet, a bloodhound, won the title of Best in Show at the 146th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Wednesday

Trumpet, a bloodhound, won the title of Best in Show at the 146th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Wednesday

Trumpet, a bloodhound, poses for photographs after winning best in show at the 146th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Trumpet, a bloodhound, poses for photographs after winning best in show at the 146th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Heather Helmer poses for photographs with Trumpet, a bloodhound, after Trumpet won Best in Show

Heather Helmer poses for photographs with Trumpet, a bloodhound, after Trumpet won Best in Show

Trumpet beat a French bulldog, a German shepherd, a Maltese, an English setter, a Samoyed and a Lakeland terrier to take the trophy

Trumpet beat a French bulldog, a German shepherd, a Maltese, an English setter, a Samoyed and a Lakeland terrier to take the trophy 

Trumpet, a bloodhound competes in the Best in Show at the 146th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Trumpet, a bloodhound competes in the Best in Show at the 146th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Trumpet became the first bloodhound to win Westminster Dog Show in Tarrytown, New York

Trumpet became the first bloodhound to win Westminster Dog Show in Tarrytown, New York  

Trumpet is presented with his prestigious purple and yellow rosette on Wednesday night

Trumpet is presented with his prestigious purple and yellow rosette on Wednesday night

The Bloodhound held by it's handler wins Best in Show during the 146th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

The Bloodhound held by it's handler wins Best in Show during the 146th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Winston, a French bulldog co-owned by NFL defensive lineman Morgan Fox, took second in the nation's most prestigious dog show

Winston, a French bulldog co-owned by NFL defensive lineman Morgan Fox, took second in the nation's most prestigious dog show

Before the finals, Morgan Fox said he was 'ecstatic' when Winston made it to second place: 'He's basically a superstar'

Before the finals, Morgan Fox said he was 'ecstatic' when Winston made it to second place: 'He's basically a superstar'

Vita, the Australian Shepard, competes in the Masters Agility Competition during the 146th Westminster Dog Show

Vita, the Australian Shepard, competes in the Masters Agility Competition during the 146th Westminster Dog Show

Mackenzie, the Bearded Collie, competes in the Masters Agility Competition

Mackenzie, the Bearded Collie, competes in the Masters Agility Competition

Kaboom, the Border Collie, competes in the Masters Agility Competition during the 146th Westminster Dog Show

Kaboom, the Border Collie, competes in the Masters Agility Competition during the 146th Westminster Dog Show

An English Setter competes in the Sporting group judging event during the annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show

An English Setter competes in the Sporting group judging event during the annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show

Hogan, the Weimaraner, competes in the Masters Agility Competition during the 146th Westminster Dog Show

Hogan, the Weimaraner, competes in the Masters Agility Competition during the 146th Westminster Dog Show

Atty, the Dalmatian, competes in the Masters Agility Competition

Atty, the Dalmatian, competes in the Masters Agility Competition

Los Angeles Chargers defensive lineman Morgan Fox's French Bulldog also took part in the competition

Los Angeles Chargers defensive lineman Morgan Fox's French Bulldog also took part in the competition

The competition drew more than 3,000 purebred dogs, ranging from affenpinschers to Yorkshire terriers. The goal is to crown the dog that most represents the ideal for its breed.

Usually held in winter at New York City´s Madison Square Garden, the show moved to the suburban Lyndhurst estate last year and this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Westminster is often described as the Super Bowl of U.S. dog shows, and Winston aimed to make it so for Fox, a defensive lineman who was just signed by the Los Angeles Chargers and has played for the Los Angeles Rams and the Carolina Panthers.

Before the finals, Fox said he was 'ecstatic' when Winston made it there.

'He´s basically a superstar,' Fox said by phone Wednesday.

A handler runs a Neapolitan Mastiff dog during judging in the Working Group at the 146th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at the Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown

A handler runs a Neapolitan Mastiff dog during judging in the Working Group at the 146th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at the Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown

A Boxer competes in the Working group judging event. The show featured over 3,500 dogs with over 200 breeds competing in three different competitions

A Boxer competes in the Working group judging event. The show featured over 3,500 dogs with over 200 breeds competing in three different competitions

Participants in the Working group judging event enter the arena during the annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show

Participants in the Working group judging event enter the arena during the annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show

Belle, an English setter, competes in the sporting group at the  Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Belle, an English setter, competes in the sporting group at the  Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

The belle of the ball could be an English setter. Belle made the finals after being squired around the ring by one of her breeders and owners, Amanda Ciaravino

The belle of the ball could be an English setter. Belle made the finals after being squired around the ring by one of her breeders and owners, Amanda Ciaravino

A Komondor competes in the working group at the 146th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Wednesday

A Komondor competes in the working group at the 146th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Wednesday

A Komondor in the ring during the Working Group judging at the 146th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

A Komondor in the ring during the Working Group judging at the 146th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

The dog came his way from his grandmother, Sandy Fox, who has bred and shown Frenchies for years. Morgan Fox grew up with one and says that as he watched Winston mature, he knew the dog was a winner in both appearance and character.

'He´s a joy to be around,' Fox said. 'He always walks around with as much of a smile on his face as a dog can have.'

Winston, currently the top-ranked dog in the country, faces Striker, a Samoyed that also made the finals last year; River, a big-winning German shepherd, and Trumpet, a bloodhound descended from the 2014 winner of another major show, the Thanksgiving-season National Dog Show.

After topping the canine rankings last year, Striker has lately been hitting a few dog shows 'to keep his head in the game,' said handler Laura King.

What makes the snow-white Samoyed shine in competition? 'His heart,' said King, of Milan, Illinois.

'His charisma shows when he´s showing,' and he vocally complains when he´s not, she said.

A great Dane competes in the working group at the 146th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

A great Dane competes in the working group at the 146th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

An American Hairless Terrier competes in the Terrier group judging event during the annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show

An American Hairless Terrier competes in the Terrier group judging event during the annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show 

Dogues de Bordeaux compete at the dog show on Wednesday

Dogues de Bordeaux compete at the dog show on Wednesday

Bonnie, a Brittany, plays with owner and handler Dr. Jessica Sielawa, of Syracuse, New York, after her competition

Bonnie, a Brittany, plays with owner and handler Dr. Jessica Sielawa, of Syracuse, New York, after her competition

Striker, a Samoyed, competes in the working group at the. Striker won the group

Striker, a Samoyed, competes in the working group at the. Striker won the group

After topping the canine rankings last year, Striker has lately been hitting a few dog shows 'to keep his head in the game,' said handler Laura King

After topping the canine rankings last year, Striker has lately been hitting a few dog shows 'to keep his head in the game,' said handler Laura King 

What makes the snow-white Samoyed shine in competition? 'His heart,' said Laura King, of Milan, Illinois, pictured in purple. 'His charisma shows when he´s showing,' and he vocally complains when he´s not, she said.

What makes the snow-white Samoyed shine in competition? 'His heart,' said Laura King, of Milan, Illinois, pictured in purple. 'His charisma shows when he´s showing,' and he vocally complains when he´s not, she said. 

While he was quiet in the ring, an Alaskan Malamute provided a yowling - cheering?- soundtrack for a semifinal round featuring the Samoyed and other breeds classified as working dogs.

Then there are MM the Lakeland terrier - terriers have won many a Westminster - and a Maltese that clearly is aiming for stardom: Her name is Hollywood.

But the belle of the ball could be an English setter. Belle made the finals after being squired around the ring by one of her breeders and owners, Amanda Ciaravino - a feat at an event where many top contenders are accompanied by full-time, career handlers.

'It´s amazing,' an emotional Ciaravino said. 'I´m so proud of her.'

Monty, a giant schnauzer that made the semifinals Wednesday night but didn´t advance further, is a son of the dog that won Westminster´s runner-up prize in 2018. Classified as a working dog, Monty enjoys yard work - which, to him, means presenting a football to be thrown while handler and co-owner Katie Bernardin´s husband, Adam, is mowing the lawn, she said.

A Tibetan mastiff competes in the working group at the 146th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

A Tibetan mastiff competes in the working group at the 146th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

An A.S.C.O.B cocker spaniel competes in the sporting group

An A.S.C.O.B cocker spaniel competes in the sporting group

Otis, a bullmastiff, relaxes after competing in the show on Wednesday

Otis, a bullmastiff, relaxes after competing in the show on Wednesday 

Drake, a vizsla, relaxes with handler Taylor Scott of Edmond, Oklahoma after competing at the Dog Show

Drake, a vizsla, relaxes with handler Taylor Scott of Edmond, Oklahoma after competing at the Dog Show

Another competitor, Ooma, was the only Chinook that showed up. The sled-pullers are the official dog of the state of New Hampshire, but they´re rare nationwide.

'I would love to see a couple more' in the Westminster ring, said Ooma´s breeder, owner and handler, Patti Richards of West Haven, Vermont. 'Without people who will show and breed, we´re in danger of losing our breed.'

Bonnie the Brittany is owner-handler Dr. Jessica Sielawa´s first show dog, and the two didn´t come away with a ribbon on Wednesday. But their teamwork extends beyond the ring.

Bonnie accompanies Sielawa to work at her chiropractic practice in Syracuse, New York, where 'she´s really helped people with their emotional stress,' Sielawa said.

She plans to get her show dog certified as a therapy dog, too.

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