PA Pekingese wins top honors at Westminster dog show


A Pennsylvania dog has claimed top honors at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Palacegarden's Malachy, a Pekingese from Adams County, won Best in Show tonight at the New York show, beating seven other group winners.

For the 4-year-old male, owned by David Fitzpatrick of East Berlin, 25 miles west of Harrisburg, the victory was his 115th overall best in show title. He beat out a Dalmatian, a German shepherd, a Doberman pinscher, an Irish setter, a Kerry blue terrier, and a wirehaired dachshund at Madison Square Garden.

(More on Malachy and Westminster's own king of the puppy paparrazi in the New York Times here)

Other Pennsylvania winners at Westminster this week include:

GK, a chow-chow, from Lehighton, co-owned by Martha Stewart, won best in group honors. Other Commonwealth canines won Best of Breed competitions at the show, including Surrey's Sugar Baby, a miniature Poodle owned by Ron Scott and Debbie Burke of Dillsburg, who also own the Maltese breed winner, Scylla's Small Kraft Re-Lit, and Stratford's Diamond Jim, a Yorkshire Terrier owned by Barbara Scott of Mechanicsburg.

More than 2000 dogs representing 185 breeds in seven groups competed at the nation's most prestigious dog show this week.

(Photo: Associated Press)