Proving that you don't have to be the biggest dog to be the most impressive, it was a Pekingese that took the top prize at "The 136th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show" (Tue., 8 p.m. EST on USA). Last year, Malachy made it to the finals before ultimately losing to Hickory, a Scottish Deerhound.
Malachy had already scored a win in the Toy category, but faced stiff competition in the finals, where he'd come so close in 2011. But this was the year for the four-year old dog, who was on perfect behavior for the entire competition. It was a first for Malachy at the nation's biggest dog show -- he has won 115 prior Best in Show titles at other events -- and the first time the Pekingese has won the event since 1990.
Malachy's owner David Fitzpatrick is a renowned handler, specializing in the Pekingese breed. While he has handled several category winners at Westminster, this was his first trip to the winner's circle for Best in Show as well.
"It's such a thrill and I'm just so proud to have a dog that's of this quality that could win a show like this and have the opportunity to exhibit him here," Fitzpatrick said. "It's the thrill of a lifetime."
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