German shorthaired pointer named CJ wins Westminster dog show

NEW YORK A German shorthaired pointer named CJ won "Best in Show" at the 140th Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York on Tuesday, besting more than 2,700 contestants over the two-day competition.Westminster, which is the second longest continuously running sporting event in the United States behind the Kentucky Derby, drew entries from nearly 200 breeds and varieties and more than a dozen countries this year. "I couldn't believe it," CJ's owner Valerie Nunes-Atkinson, from Temecula, California, said about the win. CJ stood stoically by her side and was occasionally rewarded his favorite chicken treats."This is what we go to bed dreaming about."Nunes-Atkinson breeds German shorthaired pointers, medium-to-large size hunting dogs native to Germany, but she said she always knew three-year-old CJ was special. "He's an old soul," she said. Her champion dog will now head back home and celebrate the win with his best friend, a whippet named Ramona. CJ, who pranced across an expansive show floor at Madison Square Garden, will also receive a trophy and later embark on a media tour as the show's champion. A Borzoi, named Lucy, was runner-up. As part of the Westminster competition, judges select the best of each breed and group, divided into seven categories - hound, toy, non-sporting, herding, sporting, working and terrier.On Monday, the first night of events, Lucy the Borzoi won in the hound group; a flat-faced and pudgy bulldog named Annabelle won in the non-sporting group; Rumor, a spirited German shepherd won in the herding group; and a silky-haired shih tzu named Panda won in the toy group.CJ won the sporting group; a Skye terrier named Charlie, won in the terrier group; and a white and fluffy Samoyed, named Bogey, won in the working group on Tuesday evening. Head judge Dr. Richard Meen, a Canadian psychiatrist, said CJ had the intelligence and alertness he looked for in a winner. CJ "floated around the ring," Meen said.Last year, a friendly female beagle named Miss P won Best in Show, becoming the second of her breed ever to win the title. (Reporting by Laila Kearney; Editing by Sandra Maler and Simon Cameron-Moore)