He is a German shorthaired pointer and only the third of his breed to win top honor
Around 3,000 dogs competed, and seven new breeds were admitted this year
The competition was ruff at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, where perfect canines showed off their pageant, poise and form.
But California Journey, CJ for short, a German shorthaired pointer prevailed as winner of the Best in Show award on Tuesday night. He is a 3-year-old male and the third dog of his breed to take the top prize.
The contest is the second-oldest continuous sporting event in the United States after the Kentucky Derby.
Close to 3,000 dogs from around the country compete in the annual show.
This year – the 140th for the show in New York City – it was an even tougher contest, because the club allowed seven new breeds to compete.
Here are additional winners by category:
Best hound: My Sassy Girl, a female borzoi
Best toy: Don’t Stop Believing, a male shih tzu
Best non-sporting: Southern Bell, a female bulldog
Best herding: Rumor Has It V Kenlyn, a female German shepherd
Best sporting: California Journey, a male German shorthaired pointer
Best working: Run Play It Again Ham, a male Samoyed
Best terrier: Good Time Charlie, a male Skye Terrier