It's Rufus by a Head

It's Rufus by a Head

Best of Show Winner Rufus

(Getty Images Photo / Steve Chernin)

Terrier Steals the Show at Westminster,
Beating Out Golden, Dalmatian in Nailbiter

"The classic profile of a colored bull terrier," judge James Reynolds praised.

"The tan-and-white canine was the first of his breed to win at the nation's most prestigious show. He was picked over a popular golden retriever, a Rottweiler handled by a former Florida State linebacker, a prize pug and a spirited Dalmatian.

"Rufus' handler, Kathy Kirk, said she was 'ready to pass out' from the pressure on the green carpet at Madison Square Garden. Her nearly 6-year-old dog that she playfully calls 'Puppyhead' took it all in stride.

"He stacked in style -- holding his pose for the judge -- and wagged his tail when he won. Later, he'll "hucklebuck" -- that's how Kirk describes how he jumps up and bangs his behind into a door." -- 2.15.06 AP, Rufus the bull terrier -- America's top dog

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