Rumor, a German Shepherd, wins the Herding group at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. (Reuters)

NEW YORK — In the end, Rumor had it.

A female German shepherd named Rumor, that is. She won best in show late Tuesday at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, just one month after coming out of retirement. The herding dog was a favorite and finalist at last year’s competition, after which her owners decided her show life was over.

But they brought her back this year, and her victory brought down the packed house at Madison Square Garden. The win made Rumor, whose official name is Lockenhaus’ Rumor Has It V Kenlyn, the first German shepherd to take the crown since 1987.

Now she’ll retire for good, her handler and owner, Kent Boyles, told reporters after Rumor’s victory. What’s in her future?

“Babies, I hope,” Boyles said. And perhaps her favorite treat, he said — rib-eye steak.

“She’s just got an awesome attitude,” Boyles said of the dog, who was named after the Adele song “Rumor Has It.” “And she makes a great house dog.”

Rumor bested six other dogs that had taken the top spot in their respective breeds and then won their groups. Here are the other finalists for best in show:

Hound Group

Duffy, aka Vin-Melca’s Daggarwood Delight, a female Norwegian Elkhound.


Duffy, a Norwegian Elkhound, wins the hound group at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. (Stephanie Keith/Reuters)

Toy Group

Chuckie, a.k.a. Pequest Pickwick, a male Pekingese.


Chuckie, a Pekingese, wins the toy group at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. (Stephanie Keith/Reuters)

Non-Sporting Group 

Aftin, a.k.a. Danfour Avalon As If, a female miniature poodle.


Aftin, a miniature poodle, wins the non-sporting group at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. (Stephanie Keith/Reuters)

Sporting Group

Adrian, a.k.a. Vermilion’s Sea Breeze, a male Irish setter. He was the runner-up to Rumor.


Adrian, an Irish setter, is run by handler Adam Bernardin to win the sporting group. (Mike Segar/Reuters)

Working Group

Devlin, a.k.a. Mephisto’s Speak of the Devil, a female boxer.


Devlin, a boxer, with her handler during judging at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. (Mike Segar/Reuters)

Terrier Group

Tanner, a.k.a. Taliesin Twice As Nice, a Norwich terrier.


Tanner, a Norwich terrier, jogs through the ring during the terrier group competition at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. (Julie Jacobson/AP)

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