Best in show: Banana Joe the affenpinscher wins Westminster
Banana Joe wins best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club's annual dog show, edging out Swagger the sheepdog.
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Banana Joe didn't monkey around this time.
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 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.
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.
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 frisé, and a smooth fox terrier.
Handler Ernesto Lara kept hoisting up Banana Joe after the victory at the country's premier dog show. The playful pooch enjoys tugging at his squeaky mouse toy – now he'll be able to put it in the prized silver bowl he won.
There were 2,721 entries in the 137th Westminster.