A Pekingese is best in show at Westminster
An 11-pound fluffball named Malachy took the Best in Show title at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show last night.
It was the fourth time a Pekingese has won at Westminster, according to the Associated Press:
“This little stump of a dog beat out the likes of a Dalmatian, German shepherd, Doberman pinscher, Irish setter, a Kerry blue terrier and wire-haired dachshund. A 4-year-old pompom, Malachy wobbled to his 115th overall best in show title.”
Malachy, one of more than 2,000 purebred competitors at Madison Square Garden — representing 185 breeds — won the toy group Monday night.
“Super dog, and he had a stupendous night,” Judge Cindy Vogels said after picking him as best in show. “There’s a lot of dog in a small package.”
Malachy chilled out after his win, resting on a cooling cushion.
David Fitzpatrick, Malachy’s handler and part owner, said the dog will likely retire now in East Berlin, Pa.
“He’ll probably chase squirrels and he’ll be pampered,” Fitzpatrick said.
(Photo: Seth Wenig / Associated Press)