CJ the German shorthaired pointer wins Westminster dog show

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Handler Valerie Nunes-Atkinson looks at German shorthaired pointer named C.J. after he won "Best in Show" of the 140th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York on February 16, 2016. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is a two-day, all-breed benched show that takes place at both Pier 92 & 94 and at Madison Square Garden. / AFP / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — A German shorthaired pointer called CJ has become America’s top dog.

CJ won best in show at the 140th Westminster Kennel Club on Tuesday night.

The 3-year-old CJ beat out 2,751 other entries in 199 breeds and varieties to win the nation’s most prestigious dog competition.

Madison Square Garden was nearly filled for the competition, and the crowd cheered judge Richard Meen’s choice.

A borzoi called Lucy finished second.

CJ also topped a Skye terrier, German shepherd, bulldog, shih tzu and Samoyed to win the prized silver bowl.

The fan favorite earlier in the night was a large Leonberger, who wanted a treat and kept gnawing at his handler’s suit pocket all the way around the ring.

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