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Thread: Banana Joe, an Affenpinscher wins 2013 Westminster Dog Show

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    Default Banana Joe, an Affenpinscher wins 2013 Westminster Dog Show

    Banana Joe wins top-dog honors

    Five-year-old Banana Joe, an affenpinscher, takes home best in show.

    Updated Feb 13, 2013 11:25 AM ET


    Banana Joe didn't monkey around this time.

    What better way to prepare for Valentine's Day than competing at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show with the one you love?

    The little affenpinscher with the bouncy step and shiny black coat walked off as America's top dog Tuesday night, winning best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club.

    Affectionately called a monkey dog because he looks just like one, Banana Joe made up for near misses the last two years at Madison Square Garden.
    The 5-year-old wagged his tail a mile a minute and stuck out his pink tongue after earning his 86th best in show title overall.
    It was a timely win, too, coming a day before he was set to fly back to the Netherlands with his owner. That trip has been postponed for his victory lap.
    "He's won a lot of big shows, but not like this one," handler Ernesto Lara said.
    A class clown, this champion also is pretty bright.
    "He speaks German, Dutch, Spanish and English," co-owner and breeder Mieke Cooijmans offered.

    An old English sheepdog only 20 months old was picked as the runner-up on the green carpet of the Garden. Swagger the sheepdog drew the most cheers, but judge Michael Dougherty picked Banana Joe.
    "He was presented in immaculate manner," Dougherty praised. "He was on the minute he walked in."
    "He's in perfect condition, perfect body," he added.

    Also in the best-of-seven final ring were a German wirehaired pointer ranked as the nation's No. 1 show dog, an American foxhound, a Portuguese water dog, a bichon frise and a smooth fox terrier.

    Banana Joe had never gotten this far before. He entered the last two Westminsters with a lot of fanfare, yet didn't perform to perfection and finished second in toy group judging each time.

    Lara kept hoisting the dog officially named Banana Joe V Tani Kazari after he became the first affenpinscher to win at the country's premier dog show. The playful pooch enjoys tugging at his squeaky mouse toy now he can put it in the prized silver bowl he won.

    There were 2,721 entries in 187 breeds and varieties at the 137th Westminster, including a pair of newcomers, the treeing Walker coonhound and the Russell terrier. The Russell terrier drew a cheer when it made the initial cut in the terrier group.

    The old English sheepdog was clearly a crowd favorite. Maybe that's because fans knew his backstory this was just the fourth dog show Swagger had ever entered.

    In fact, Swagger didn't even come to Westminster as a champion. In past years, only dogs who had won a lot in the past were eligible. This time, with a larger exhibition space along the Hudson River during the day, more dogs were allowed.

    Certainly, it was worth the $75 entry cost for Swagger's owners.

    Banana Joe, meanwhile, gets no prize money for winning Westminster. Instead, along with the silver bowl, the Garden champion earns a lifetime of prestige, plus lucrative breeding fees for its owners.

    The Portuguese water dog the same breed that romps around the White House with President Barack Obama's family also arrived at 20 months old. Matisse, who got his name because his owners are art lovers, showed well while Obama was delivering his State of the Union address.

    Matisse beat out Fifi the Doberman in the working group. The Fifinator, as she's known by her thousands of Facebook fans, won the group last year and came in second this time.

    Hours earlier, Fifi was sound asleep in her crate, a red rabbit stuffed toy at her paws, looking like the most docile dog in the world. Not exactly how many people see a Doberman pinscher.
    "They can be intimidating," owner-breeder-handler Jocelyn Mullins said.
    That's why her rooters hoped she could win best in show this time.

    "It would humanize the breed," Westminster Kennel Club President Sean McCarthy said. "A win for the Doberman would be an acceptance of that breed."

    Banana Joe, a 5-year-old affenpinscher, wins best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club - News | FOX Sports on MSN
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    I was going to post this! I only caught the toy breed competition, and I immediately fell in love with this little guy, there was something about him that really stood out and I was even googling the breed, then he ended up winning that category. When I heard this morning that he won the whole shebang, I was so happy! Adorable little guy!
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    Thats not a dog its an ewok! Adorable.
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    Old English Sheepdog "Bugaboo" came in second. Also the best looking handler.

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    Fifi is a doberman??
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    I prefer the second place dog.
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    They both look like useless fluff balls to me.
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    What a little sweetie! The face on it! (Dog-lover)

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    I don't care for that bred, but I love Banana Joe's name! lol
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