The adorable Pekingese named Wasabi wins Best in Show at the 145th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
The Westminster Kennel Club was founded in 1877, and it is America’s oldest organization devoted to dog sports.
The Club’s mission is to improve the lives of all dogs by celebrating their companionship, promoting responsible dog ownership, and preserving the purity of dog breeds.
This year the event was moved to Tarrytown, New York, from Madison Square Garden. It was also slightly delayed from February to June because of the Covid-19 pandemic, but nothing can stop these dog lovers.
While spectators could not attend the event in person this year, many pet lovers were eager to turn on FOX and follow their favorite dogs on TV.
CHG CH Pequest Wasabi – was the winner of more than 2,400 other dogs from 209 breeds. He won the prestigious Westminster Dog Show Purple Ribbon, earning him the Best in Show title, thanks to his impressive features and handler David Fitzpatrick.
The Best in Show award has never been monetary in its lengthy history. However, the winner usually competes in more lucrative dog shows later in the year, such as the AKC National Championship, which offers $50,000 to its champion.
In addition, the Westminster Best in Show winner receives a trophy and a commemorative dog dish. Most importantly, the winner gets a lot of great exposure on the media tour, which often brings many profitable opportunities.
Did you know that dogs understand up to 250 words and gestures? While that is a very impressive statistic, it takes more than that to become the Best in Show.
Many dogs compete for the title of “Best in Show,” which is determined by characteristics such as stride, posture, and the presentation of natural breed features.
Wasabi, the Pekingese, is no stranger to Westminster royalty. He is the grandson of the 2012 Westminister winner, Malachy. Wasabi also won Best in Show in 2019 at the American Kennel Club National Championship Presented by Royal Canin.
Fitzpatrick joked that he and Wasabi would celebrate the big win by having champagne for him and filet mignon for Wasabi.