Wasabi the Pekingese wins Best in Show at 145th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show - USA TODAY
Jun 14, 2021 1 min, 42 secs

Wasabi the Pekingese was named Best in Show at the 145th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Sunday night.

The American Kennel Club welcomed four brand new canine breeds that will compete in the 145th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Such was the inescapable conclusion at the 145th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Sunday night, when Wasabi, a 13 ½-pound Pekingese with a flowing lion’s mane of a coat and serious family history, boldly rose above six worthy competitors, even though he’s not even nine inches tall.

He took home the most coveted prize in Dogdom, capturing Best in Show at the 145th edition of the nation’s most renowned dog show – and one that was unlike any of its 144 predecessors?

Wasabi the Pekingese wins Best in Show at the 145th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. (Photo: Michael Loccisano, Getty Images).

Fitzpatrick also took Best in Show at the 2012 Westminster, with a Pekingese named Malachi.

The Best In Show winner is selected from seven competitors – each of whom first had to be Best in Breed, and then best in one of the seven groups that purebred dogs are divided into: Hound, Toy, Non-sporting, Sporting, Herding, Working and Terrier.

By the time the two-day marathon was complete, Wasabi, named for the Japanese plant with a thick green root that tastes like horseradish on steroids, had outlasted some 2,500 rivals.

“What’s not to like about (this dog)?” said Patricia Trotter, an 85-year-old Westminster icon who was the sole judge for Best in Show

ET, when Wasabi officially became Top Dog, with the runner-up honor – Reserve Best in Show in Westminster parlance – going to Bourbon, a five-year-old whippet

Talking to reporters with Wasabi at his feet and Wasabi’s hair brush in his coat pocket, Fitzpatrick said that the winner was “pretty nonchalant about the whole thing,” but still had plans for a major celebration

“This is what every dog person in America strives for,” Fitzpatrick said

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