BEST IN SHOW!

Westminster Dog Show 2013: Banana Joe, Swagger & More (PHOTOS)

Banana Joe was named Best in Show at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. See photos of the event.

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A Bichon Frise. An Old English Sheepdog. An American Foxhound. A German Wirehaired Pointer. A Portuguese Water Dog. Even a Smooth Fox Terrier. All were vanquished Tuesday night when an Affenpinscher was named Best in Show at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Before a howling crowd at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, the monkey-faced Banana Joe won the top dog title—and trotted off into the history books. Photographer Andy Jacobsohn covered the annual dog show from the benching room to the show ring. See photographs from the two-day show. 

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Banana Joe, an Affenpinscher, runs the ring during the Toy group judging. The Affenpinscher was awarded Best in Group—and, eventually, Best in Show.

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An Ibizan Hound is fed a snack prior to being shown in the Hound group on the first day of the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 11.

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Halli, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, sleeps on the arm of Nicola Morrison in the benching area before being shown in the Toy group on the first day of the show.

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Sarah Miller (right), from the eastern shore of Maryland, sits in the benching area of a Lowchen competing in the Non-Sporting group on the first day of the show.

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An American English Coonhound (center) waits with other dogs in the tunnel before entering the ring to compete in the Hound group on the first day of the show. An American Foxhound won the hound group to advance to the Best in Show round.

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Spectators watch as Angel, a Toy Poodle, is groomed by Kathleen Adams before she is shown in the Toy group judging on the first day.

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Dogs wait in the tunnel before entering the ring to compete in the Hound group.

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A Borzoi standing with other hounds waiting to enter the ring to compete in the Hound group.

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A Shih Tzu is placed on the judging table during the Toy group on the first day.

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A Standard Poodle stands outside the ring prior to being shown in the Non-Sporting group on the first day.

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A Saluki is maneuvered by her handler during the Hound group judging.

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A Standard Poodle was awarded second place in the Non-Sporting group.

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Angel, a Toy Poodle, is placed on the table by her handler during the Toy group judging. “Her name is Angel and she is going to grow wings and fly tonight,” said her groomer, Kathleen Adams.

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A French Bulldog runs the ring during the Non-Sporting group judging.

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Kathy Emery, of Virginia, holds onto Ginger, a Pointer competing in the Sporting group, before the second day of the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

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A Basenji waits in the tunnel before being shown in the Hound group judging.

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A handler brings her Wirehaired Pointing Griffon around the ring during the Sporting group judging on the second day of the show.

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Swagger, an Old English Sheepdog, won the Herding group and was awarded Runner-Up to Best in Show.

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Banana Joe, an Affenpinscher, is congratulated by his handler after winning Best in Show.