Banana Joe, an Affenpinscher, became the first of his breed to win Best in Show at the 2013 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
The results are in; a new breed has won Best in Show for the first time in the 137-year history of the event.
Madison Square Garden was filled with dogs for two straight February evenings. We watched as a field of 2,721 dogs, made up of 187 breeds, was carefully and deliberately narrowed down to just seven group winners. Finally, of those seven, a Best in Show was chosen in the main event of the show—the Best in Show competition.
Let’s take a look at the winners from each of those seven group events and then the winner of it all.
Best in Show: Banana Joe (Affenpinscher)
As mentioned, Banana Joe took the honors of top dog in New York City on Feb. 12. While he didn’t draw the biggest reaction from the crowd, there’s no doubting they were behind the little black ball of fur.
The win is the little dog’s 86th overall Best in Show title, but first at the biggest event. His last two trips to Westminster ended in second-place finishes in the Toy Group. This time he broke through and took home the biggest prize.
Reserve Best in Show: Swagger (Old English Sheepdog)
For the first time ever in the event, in the model of a Miss America pageant, judges announced a runner-up or “reserve” award. In its inaugural appearance, the award went to the fan-favorite winner of the Herding group: Swagger the Old English Sheepdog.
Fans exploded for the seven-year-old male, but it wasn’t enough to sway judge Michael Dougherty’s mind. There was just no denying the positive look and energy from Banana Joe.
Hound Group, Day 1: Pandora’s Box (American Foxhound)
This little hound is just a pup, coming in to the competition at just over six months old.
Toy Group, Day 1: Banana Joe (Affenpinscher)
Banana Joe, the winner of it all, needs no introduction. The little soon-to-be 10-year-old Affenpinscher resembles a monkey and carries that moniker.
Non-Sporting Group Day 1: Honor to Pillowtalk (Bichons Frises)
Honor to Pillowtalk reached the Best in Show competition for good reason. The six-year-old gave it his best shot. If there were a third-place finish, we think he’d grab it.
Herding: Swagger (Old English Sheepdog)
Once again Swagger commanded attention with his fluffy coat and fun demeanor. It wasn’t enough to outweigh Dougherty in the judging, but he’s no loser in our book.
Sporting Group, Day 2: Ripsnortersilvercharm (German Whitehaired)
Rispnortersilvercharm became the first of his breed, German Whitehaired, to win the Sporting Group and advance to the Best in Show competition.
Working Group, Day 2: Impression De Matisse (Portuguese Water Dog)
The odd but eloquent Impression De Matisse is just six years old and could make many more Westminster appearances in the immediate future.
Terrier Group, Day 2: Sneak’s A Peak (Fox Terrier – Smooth)
A Russell Terrier didn’t emerge from the Terrier Group in its first year in the competition. Sneak’s A Peak, an 11-year-old Fox Terrier, was too on point to let that happen.