Affenpinscher wins best in show
Banana Joe — a fluffy-haired, feisty, football-sized black affenpinscher — won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
Banana Joe, whose bouncy step brought him close to winning best in his group the past two years at Madison Square Garden, took home the top honor in what was to be his final appearance, the Associated Press reported.
It was the first ever Best in Show win by an affenpinscher.
He entered the last two Westminsters with a lot of fanfare, but finished second in the toy group both times.
There were 2,721 entries in 187 breeds and varieties at the 137th annual show.
Banana Joe beat out Swagger, an old English sheepdog who was a crowd favorite, and five other dogs to win the title.
The other contenders were an American foxhound, a Bichon Frise, a smooth fox terrier, a German wirehaired pointer and a Portuguese water dog.
Judge Michael Dougherty said Banana Joe “was presented in immaculate manner … He was on the minute he walked in … He’s in perfect condition, perfect body.”
(Photo: (Frank Franklin II/AP)
Posted by jwoestendiek February 13th, 2013 under Muttsblog.
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