New York, NY, United States (AHN) – Madison Square Garden raised the “ruff” for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
The two-day judging event began Monday, and the Best in Show ribbon was presented Tuesday night to a 4-year-old, 11-pound Pekingese.
More than 2,000 dogs comprising 185 breeds and varieties competed. Malachy, the tiny Pekingese, took the top honors.
Fans and critics were quick to react on Twitter. Some said Malachy looked like a pair of fluffy slippers and others commented he looked like a mop. But judges agreed the Malachy had the looks, the walk and the personality for the top honors.
Malachy is the No. 2 dog in the U.S. and has won 115 Best in Shows. The canine beat six other group winners to become the fourth Peke to win Westminster and the first since 1990.
Emily, an Irish setter, won the sporting group. Fifi, a Doberman, took the working group, while Cinders, a wired-haired dachshund, won the hound group.
Handler David Fitzpatrick said Malachy will retire after Westminster.