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Published February 14 2012

Pekingese named America's top dog at Westminster

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.