Wow! Look at the fur! Pekingese wins best in show at AKC National Championship

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Wasabi being crowned best in show
Pekingese “Wasabi” Wins Best in Show at AKC National Championship

A Pekingese known as “Wasabi” triumphed over more than 5,200 competitors to earn a $50,000 cash prize and the title of Best in Show at the AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin, held December 14-15, 2019 in Orlando, Florida.

It was the largest dog event in the history of the American Kennel Club.

Wasabi is owned by David Fitzpatrick and Peggy Steinman of East Berlin, Pennsylvania, who, based on this picture, probably spend a lot of time grooming the long-haired pup.

The overall show totals, which include the AKC Agility Invitational, the AKC Obedience Classic, the AKC Royal Canin National All-Breed Puppy and Junior Stakes, AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals, NADD/AKC Diving Dogs Championship and the Junior-handler events, topped 11,008 entries.

The live stream of all of the weekend events is available for replay at


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