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Banana Joe, an affenpinscher, won the coveted title Best in Show Tuesday night at the Westminster Kennel Club show in Madison Square Garden.
According to The New York Daily News, the small, 5-year-old dog from Attleboro, Massachusetts, impressed the audience with a perfect performance. “We did it!” handler Ernesto Lara yelled after the results were announced.
Attleboro Patch reports that Banana Joe is co-owned by Tina Truesdale, whose husband is a local veterinarian. The dog has won over 80 Best in Show ribbons in Europe and North America, so he was more than used to being top dog.
Swagger, an Old English sheepdog who is just 20-months-old became a favorite to win, but finished in second place, notes The Los Angeles Times.
Banana Joe also had to beat Oakley, the No. 1 ranked dog in the country. Oakley came out on top in the sporting group, though. Swagger won in the herding group.
“I'm still in shock,” Swagger’s owner, Colton Johnson of Colorado, said. “This is a hard show for dogs that are seasoned, let alone dogs that have showed just four times.”
Last year’s top dog was a Pekingese named Malachy. A total of 2,700 dogs were entered in this year’s contest, with 187 breeds on display for the crowd.