Pekingese Nabs Top Prize at Westminster 2012
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Malachy the Pekingese is first of breed to win Best in Show.
Two days of fierce competition came to a dramatic conclusion on Tuesday, February 14, as the canines of the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show took the stage for the final day of judging. Malachy the Pekingese won the top spot, earning the ultimate title -- Best in Show.
Some of the event's biggest breeds took the floor throughout the day as judges evaluated the entrants in the Sporting, Working, and Terrier Groups. These groups include such powerhouses as Great Danes, Mastiffs, and the popular Labrador Retriever.
The Terrier Group judging also marked the debut of one of the six new breeds at Westminster this year, the Cesky Terrier. The other five new breeds had already made their entrances at Westminster on the first day of judging. The Entlebucher Mountain Dog, Finnish Lapphund, Norwegian Lundehund -- or Puffin Dog -- and Xoloitzcuintli joined the Non-Sporting Group, while the American English Coonhound joined the Hound Group.
As the Best of Group judging came to a close on Tuesday night, seven dogs took the stage to vie for the ultimate prize. The German Shepherd, Doberman Pinscher, Irish Setter, Dalmatian, Kerry Blue Terrier, and Wirehaired Dachshund all went paw-to-paw against the diminutive Pekingese. But Malachy proved that despite being small in stature, the Pekingese has what it takes to win the title.
Bearing the full name Ch. Palacegarden Malachy, the 4-year-old male is the first of his breed to win Best in Show at Westminster.
Pictured: Malachy, a Pekingese, after winning Best in Show during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden February 14, 2012.
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1 year ago
I didn't watch it but what a great dog to win it this year they should do a dog show using only rescue dogs some time this would be great also If I ever get a Borozio it will be in the dog show at least once or twice the name is a hard thing though the names I like for a borozio are Aushaunti, Brindle, Dapple, Fuzzy, Ruffles, Novita and Malaki, for a yorkshire terrier Yorkie for a doxen Doxie or Redd. I want to give a dog a name that you would not think to hear at a dog show but a name you would hear at a shelter or a rescue. If you have not noticed you hear diffrent names in diffrent areas such as if you hear of a person with the name antunet they are usaully of higher class then some guy with the name joe and so on it is the same in the animal world if you haven't noticed.
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