(This June 13 story is passed on to correct the incorrect capitalization in some dog breed names)
Wasabi, a fuzzy Pekingese with a black and brown face and soulful eyes, won the Best in Show award at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Sunday in Tarrytown, New York.
A whippet named Bourbon came in second, winning the reserve prize in the 145-year-old contest. This year marked the first time the show has not taken place in Manhattan.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers have moved the show from its usual digs from Madison Square Garden to the 19th-century Lyndhurst Mansion on the Hudson River in Tarrytown, and delayed it from February so that ‘he can stand outside.
Mathew, a French Bulldog, and Connor, an old English Sheepdog, were also in the final on Sunday, along with a West Highland White Terrier named Boy, a German shorthair pointer named Jade and a Samoyed named Striker.
Held annually since 1877, the show is one of the oldest and most popular sporting events in the United States. Dogs of over 200 purebred breeds can compete, with judges determining which competitors best meet their breed standards.
Wasabi and Bourbon beat thousands of other dogs to win the Best in Show award at the American Kennel Club National Championship in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
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