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Pekingese 'Best in Show' at Westminster Dog Show

Malachy, a Pekingese, sits in the trophy after winning the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York, Feb. 14, 2012.
Malachy, a Pekingese, sits in the trophy after winning the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York, Feb. 14, 2012.

A 4-year-old Pekingese named Malachy has won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club canine competition in New York City.

Malachy defeated six other dogs to take the top prize Tuesday night at the prestigious annual event for pure bred dogs, a year after finishing in second place.

He is the fourth Pekingese to win best in show at Westminster.

Malachy, who won as best toy dog for the second straight year, took home his 115th overall best of show title, and his last.  He will retire from competition and live out his days chasing squirrels, said his handler and co-owner, David Fitzpatrick.

More than 2,000 purebred dogs were entered in the two-day Westminster show.

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