Banana Joe, a 5-year-old Affenpinscher from Holland beat out 2,721 dogs to be crowned Best in Show at the 2013 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show this afternoon, after two near misses. It was also his 86th best in show title overall.
Although he gets no prize money for his victory, the “little dog with a monkey face” known officially as Banana Joe V. Tani Kazari does go home with a silver bowl and a lifetime of prestige, as well as the chance to earn lucrative breeding fees for his owner Mieke Cooijmans, who proudly boasted that her little champion also “speaks four languages including Dutch, German, English and Spanish.”
The runner-up was a 20-month old Old English Sheepdog named Swagger. 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.
Note: Aptly named since the name affenpinscher literally means “monkey-dog” in German, Banana Joe is the first of his breed to ever win at Westminster. Known since the 17th century, te breed was originally created to be a ratter, working to remove rodents from kitchens, granaries, and stables.
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