POPSUGAR Celebrity

Top Dog: Banana Joe Wins Westminster

Feb 13 2013 - 8:45am

Banana Joe, an Affenpinscher, took the best of show prize at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden in New York. His handler, Ernesto Lara, calls the 5-year-old little dog "Joey," but there's another nickname for the fuzzy fella: "monkey dog." Affenpinschers are an older toy breed from Germany known for their, well, monkey-like faces. They aren't extremely popular in the US, but maybe they will be now? After a successful stint in Europe, the award-winning pooch — with personality to boot — took the States by storm and was a big crowd-pleaser last year at Westminster. Now after earning his best in show title, Banana Joe will put up his paws and enjoy a relaxing retirement in the Netherlands, where he was born and bred. See the adorable pics of the top dog now!

Best in show judge Michael Dougherty congratulated dog handler Ernesto Lara after his dog, Banana Joe, won the coveted prize.

Ernesto Lara held up the winning pooch.

Affenpinschers are known for their monkey-like faces.

Banana Joe strutted his stuff.

Banana Joe posed after taking the top prize at Westminster.

Banana Joe, an Affenpinscher, appeared proud of his accomplishment.

Banana Joe sat in his trophy.

Handler Ernesto Lara held Banana Joe after winning Westminster.

Handler Ernesto Lara was all smiles at the dog show.

Best in show winner Banana Joe posed during his big night.

Handler Ernesto Lara and Banana Joe palled around.

Handler Ernesto Lara held the top dog of the night.

Banana Joe was led by his handler, Ernesto Lara.

Banana Joe, or "Joey" for short, stuck out his tongue.

Handler Ernesto Lara walked his winning Affenpinscher during the show.

Banana Joe won over the crowd.

It was an exciting night for Banana Joe fans.

Joey just chilled with his handler, Ernesto Lara.

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