Despite Westminster win, bloodhounds are underdogs in Montgomery County

Trumpet the bloodhound is posed for photographs after winning Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in Tarrytown, N.Y., on Wednesday night, June 22, 2022. Trumpet is the first bloodhound to win Westminster. (Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times)

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Trumpet the bloodhound is posed for photographs after winning Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in Tarrytown, N.Y., on Wednesday night, June 22, 2022. Trumpet is the first bloodhound to win Westminster. (Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times)

On Wednesday, a bloodhound named Trumpet won the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the first time the breed has ever won the best in show prize.

Trumpet beat a French bulldog, a German shepherd, a Maltese, an English setter, a Samoyed and a Lakeland terrier to take the trophy. His handler, Heather Helmer, said bloodhounds are a bit of an underdog in dog show competitions.

They also are an underdog when it comes to ownership in Montgomery County.

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Montgomery County auditor dog license data says out of more than 49,000 dogs that are registered, only 56 are bloodhounds.

The data shows that the number of bloodhounds has slightly risen in the county over the last few years despite dog registration going down in general. In 2016, when almost 64,000 dogs were registered with the county, there were only 41 bloodhounds.

The bloodhound, known for its long, wrinkled face with loose skin and huge, drooping ears and deep-set eyes, is an independent, friendly and inquisitive breed, according to the American Kennel Club. They are generally affectionate with family and easygoing, but their nose can sometimes lead them into trouble, the AKC says.

After his victory, Trumpet posed patiently for countless photos, eventually starting to do what bloodhounds do best — sniff around. He examined some decorative flowers that had been set up for the pictures, not appearing to find anything of note.

The Associated Press contributed to this report


Montgomery County Dog License

2016 - 64,825 registered dogs, 41 bloodhounds

2017 - 62,905 registered dogs, 48 bloodhounds

2018 - 61,375 registered dogs, 49 bloodhounds

2019 - 59,945 registered dogs, 44 bloodhounds

2020 - 58,172 registered dogs, 47 bloodhounds

2021 - 56,195 registered dogs, 48 bloodhounds

2022 (to date) - 49,648 registered dogs, 56 bloodhounds

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