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

Tarrytown, NY: Trumpet, a bloodhound with beautiful wrinkles and cheeks from Illinois, has won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, bringing out a tough crowd of competitors including a fluffy Samoyed, a silky Maltese and an all-business German Shepherd.

Trumpet posed in front of a huge silver cup and a slew of ribbons in the traditional glam shoot after the champions win on Wednesday night (AEST Thursday), and had little to say. But he looked like the champion, his sinister face and questioning demeanor for some reason adding to, rather than detracting from, his dignity. He is the first bloodhound to win Westminster.

Trumpet on the podium, unperturbed by the fuss.

Trumpet on the podium, unperturbed by the fuss. Credit:AP

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

“There were seven beautiful dogs in that ring. You know, I feel like a bloodhound can be a bit of an underdog sometimes. So I was totally excited.”

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

Trumpet the Bloodhound gets a hug from owner Heather Buehner.  Bloodhounds have about 250 to 300 million scent receptors, the most of any breed.

Trumpet the Bloodhound gets a hug from owner Heather Buehner. Bloodhounds have about 250 to 300 million scent receptors, the most of any breed.Credit:The New York Times

Second place, or Best in Show Reserve in Westminster parlance, was awarded to an endearing French bulldog named Winston.

Winston, co-owned by NFL gridiron football player Morgan Fox, went to Westminster as the top-ranked dog in the country, but was picked up by the bloodhound.

“I’m just so proud of him and the whole team,” Fox said in a text message afterwards.