Dog’s World: Malachy the Pekingese Wins Best in Show at Prestigious 2012 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (video)
Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on February 15, 2012
The dog world is buzzing about this year’s prestigious Westminster Kennel Club dog show winner — a Pekingese named Malachy upended the competition from a German Shepherd, a Dalmatian, and a Irish Setter and three other dogs to win first place at the 136th annual event.
Malachy’s “top dog” win marked the fourth time in the competition’s history that a Pekingese has won.
Last year, Hickory, a Scottish Deerhound, became the first ever Scottish Deerhound to win the Westminster Dog Show.
Telegraph.tv: Pekingese wins top prize at America’s Westminster Kennel Club dog show
From Washington Times, Peke at the 2012 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show winner:
NFL quarterback Tim Tebow emerged as the improbable, out of nowhere underdog hero in sports in 2012. Through the early rounds of the 2012 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show several unlikely Tim Tebows emerged with improbable victories against overwhelming favorites. But just as Tebow ran into Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, a veteran competitor eventually stopped the underdogs, complete with his own trendy hairdo.
It seems that it might be a year for a surprise Best in Show winner after early favorites like Beckham the black Cocker Spaniel, Eira the Wire-Haired Fox Terrier and London the Standard Poodle didn’t even win their breed competition, while Hound Group winner Cinders the Wire-Haired Dachshund and Nonsporting Group winner Ian the Dalmatian had the chance to be the first of their breeds ever to win Best in Show.
Johnny Avello, the Las Vegas “Wizard of Odds” has returned to form: after missing in 2011, he successfully pegged the Pekingese breed as the winner of “Best in Show” at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog show, held Monday and Tuesday this week.
Avello had been successful five prior years before missing badly in 2011. Avello had given the Smooth Fox Terrier breed the best odds to win the at the show, but it was instead a Scottish Deerhound named Hickory, which was far down his list at 60-1 odds, which took home Best in Show.
In 2012, it was the Pekingese named Malachy who took home the top prize at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York City. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is a two-day, all-breed benched conformation show that takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York annualy. It was first held in 1877.
It was the fourth time a Pekingese has won at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, but the first time since 1990. Handler David Fitzpatrick, who co-owns Malachy with Iris Love and Sandra Middlebrooks, said the dog was likely into retirement, adding that “He’ll probably chase squirrels and he’ll be pampered.”
Over 2,000 purebred dogs in 185 breeds competed in the nation’s most prestigious dog show. Those entries are whittled down to a winner in each breed, and then those breed winners are pitted against each other to decide “Best in Group.” Those Group winners are then finally shown against each other to decide the “Best in Show” winner.
Behind the Scenes at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show 2012
“It’s the year of the Golden Dragon,” said Dr. Iris Love, which traditionally brings “happiness, health, enjoyment, wealth, whatever you desire.” Last night at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, at Madison Square Garden, it brought what she most desired, a Best-in-Show win for a 4-year-old Pekingese named Palacegarden Malachy.
Love, a well-known New York-based archaeologist and dog fancier, co-owns Malachy with Sandra Middlebrooks and his handler David Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick says his luxuriant partner, the leading toy dog in the country for the past two years, is, “Just a great dog … in his full maturity. He’s four years old and he’s got character, he’s got showmanship, he’s got charisma, and he’s a correct little Peke; I don’t have to do much except take good care of him.”
Best-in-Show judge Cindy Vogels, of Greenwood Village, Colorado, agreed.
“He was just on his game tonight,” she said. “He’s a beautiful dog. He just exudes breed type, but tonight he went out there on the floor, and was flawless … There’s a standard of excellence by which every breed is judged, and he conforms to that standard so magnificently, plus his demeanor was flawless.”
Dog showing has become increasingly global, so it was not surprising to have one English entrant, Kerry Blue Terrier bitch GCH Perrisblu Kennislain’s Chelsey.
Terriers hold the record for most Best-in-Show wins at Westminster, and she was a great example of this breed’s combination of tensile beauty and contained energy.
There is only one Best in Show, but the award for best working Mom definitely goes to Sporting Group winner GCH Shadagee Caught Red Handed. The luminous Irish Setter, the oldest dog on the floor at six years, has just returned to competition after giving birth to 16 puppies!
Vogels paid the usual homage to all the competitors in a poised speech from the floor of the Garden before announcing her pick last night, also rejoicing in the fact that she was originally from Long Island and so was a “hometown girl” returning to New York. In a conversation with me later, she said judging Westminster was “a huge thrill,” and that “It means a lot to be here tonight.”
From Houston Chronicle, Texas pooches have their day as Westminster dog show wraps:
As the final night of judging drew to a close, Texas dogs had their own day at the 136th Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York.
Suede, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel from North Texas, claimed one of the few prizes given out: an award of merit, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Her father, Presley, and Jackson, another King Charles, are coming back to the Lone Star State empty-pawed.
“I think Suede was a little overwhelmed with her win, all the people and the excitement,” Frankie Hall, the 59-year-old Argyle woman who owns the three dogs, tells the Star-Telegram. “Now it’s time for (Presley and Jackson) to retire and let Suede move on up.
From Tennessee’s The Leaf Chronicle, Local dog returns from Westminster show a winner:
CLARKSVILLE, TENN. — Katrina Nielsen knew that it would be difficult for her shiba inu to win the “Best in Show” title for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. More than 2,000 dogs representing 185 breeds and varieties competed at this show that ended its two-day run in New York City on Feb. 14.
“These are dogs that are top dogs in the entire country,” Nielsen said of the competition.
Even though he didn’t nab the title, Grand Champion Kobushi Justa Draco Rosso (“Draco” for short) returns to Clarksville a winner. The Japanese hunting breed trounced all of the other shiba inus on Feb. 13 by winning “Best of Breed.”
But to compete for the “Best in Show” title, Draco would have first had to win in the non-sporting category, the next step in the competition.
In that category, Draco was up against 20 dogs representing the most diverse group of purebreds in the American Kennel Club. In recent years winners tended to include standard and miniature poodles, bichon frises, Dalmatians and chow chows. In the end, a Dalmatian took the title, followed by a Chinese shar-pei in second place, a lowchen in third and a miniature poodle in fourth.