Trumpet ‘the underdog’ is first bloodhound to win Best in Show at Westminster

Tarrytown, NY: Trumpet, a magnificently be-wrinkled and be-jowled bloodhound from Illinois, has won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, nosing out a tough crowd of competitors that included a fluffy Samoyed, a silky Maltese and an all-business German shepherd.

Posing before a massive silver cup and a slew of ribbons in the traditional champion’s post-victory glamor shoot on Wednesday night (Thursday AEST), Trumpet had little to say. But he looked every inch the champion, his lugubrious face and quizzical air for some reason adding to, rather than detracting from, his dignity. He is the first bloodhound to win Westminster.

Trumpet on the winner's podium, unruffled by the fuss.

Trumpet on the winner’s podium, unruffled by the fuss. Credit:AP

“I was shocked,” Heather Buehner, Trumpet’s handler, said.

“There were seven beautiful dogs in that ring. You know, I feel like sometimes a bloodhound might be a little bit of an underdog. So I was absolutely thrilled.”

Shockingly, she said, Trumpet competed in his first dog show in January.

Trumpet the bloodhound receives a smooch from owner Heather Buehner.  Bloodhounds have approximately 250 to 300 million scent receptors, the most of any breed.

Trumpet the bloodhound receives a smooch from owner Heather Buehner. Bloodhounds have approximately 250 to 300 million scent receptors, the most of any breed.Credit:New York Times

Second place, or Best in Show Reserve in the parlance of Westminster, was awarded to a winsome French bulldog named Winston.

Co-owned by NFL gridiron footballer Morgan Fox, Winston went to Westminster as the top-ranked dog in the country but was pipped by the bloodhound.

“I’m just so proud of him and the whole team,” Fox said by text afterward.

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