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Best in Show: Costly Westminster win for Malachy the Pekingese

Best in Show at Westminster will garner Malachy the Pekingese prestige and fame, but not much else. What did his Best in Show run cost?

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Malachy, a Pekingese, sits in the trophy after being named best in show at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. To get the Pekingese his spot in the trophy, Malachy's owners likely shelled out hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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When Malachy the Pekingese waddled his way to "Best in Show" at the 2012 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday night, he earned a slew of prizes. Among them: instant fame, appearances on the Today Show, The View, Fox and Friends, and others; the coveted silver bowl (in which, according to photos, he’s already taken a nap), a ribbon bigger than he is, and thousands of dollars in stud fees for his proud owners, including handler David Fitzpatrick. He’ll eat a steak dinner at Sardi’s, tour the Empire State Building, and ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday morning.

What he won’t get, however, is a nickel of prize money. And whatever Malachy (full name: Palacegarden Malachy) will earn in breeding fees and sponsorships as a result of his Westminster victory, it will pale in comparison to the money it took to get the little dog to the big show.

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