Wasabi the Pekingese wins Westminster dog show

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Tarrytown, New York: Wasabi, a furry Pekingese with a black and brown face and soulful eyes, won the Best in Show award at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in Tarrytown, New York.

A Whippet named Bourbon came in second, winning the Reserve award in the 145-year-old competition. This year marked the first time the show was not held in Manhattan.

Wasabi, a Pekingese won the blue ribbon for Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club.Credit:AP

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers moved the spectacle from their usual excavations at Madison Square Garden to the 19th-century Lyndhurst mansion along the Hudson River in Tarrytown, delaying it from February so it could be held on air free.

Mathew, a French bulldog, and Connor, an old English Shepherd, were also in the final on Sunday, along with a West Highland White Terrier named Boy, a German Shorthaired Pointer named Jade and a Samoyed named Striker.

A West Highland white terrier named Boy jogs with his handler during the assessment.

A West Highland white terrier named Boy jogs with his handler during the assessment.Credit:AP

Held annually since 1877, the show is one of the oldest and most popular sporting events in the United States. Dogs of more than 200 different purebreds can compete, and judges determine which contestants best fit their breed standards.

Wasabi and Bourbon beat thousands of other dogs to win Best in Show at the American Kennel Club National Championship in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

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A Dogue de Bordeaux is presented to a judge in the working group category at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show.

A Dogue de Bordeaux is presented to a judge in the working group category at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show.Credit:AP