Fourth-favorite affenpinscher wins Westminster Dog Show

Feb 13, 2013 |
A 5-year-old affenpinscher from the Netherlands named Banana Joe took home best in show at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday. The small, black ewok look alike was set as the fourth favorite at 11-1 by the Wynn sportsbook in Las Vegas before the competition began.

"He was presented in immaculate manner," judge Michael Dougherty told the Associated Press. "He was on the minute he walked in. He's in perfect condition, perfect body."

This marked Banana Joe's third Westminster Dog Show, where he finished second in the toy group each of the previous two times. It's all for bragging rights though. The winner of the Westminster gets only a silver bowl and the prestige that comes with it with no prize money attached to the award. There are the lucrative breeding fees sure to come, however.

An Old English Sheepdog named Swagger (250-1) finished runner up. Also among the top seven were a German wirehaired pointer (8-1) ranked as the nation's No. 1 show dog, an American foxhound (24-1), a Portuguese water dog (750-1), a bichon frise (175-1) and a smooth fox terrier (400-1).

Note: Odds in Nevada for this event are for entertainment purposes only.

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