published Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Pekingese becomes America's top dog at Westminster

A Pekingese named Malachy walks across the floor during the judging of the toy group at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York, Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. Malachy went on to win the group. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A Pekingese named Malachy walks across the floor during the judging of the toy group at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York, Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. Malachy went on to win the group. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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BEN WALKER, AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK — A Pekingese that clearly was the crowd favorite has won America's top dog show.

Malachy the Pekingese wobbled off with best in show Tuesday night at the Westminster Kennel Club.

The 4-year-old bobbing pompom won his 115th overall best in show title. He beat out a Dalmatian, German shepherd, Doberman pinscher, Irish setter, a Kerry blue terrier and wire-haired dachshund at Madison Square Garden.

Judge Cindy Vogels picked the winner as fans at crowded Madison Square Garden hollered for their favorites.

The champion at Westminster wins a coveted silver bowl, but not a cent of prize money. Instead, the prestige of this title lasts a lifetime for any owner, and brings a wealth of opportunity in breeding potential.

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