|Photo by Seth Wenig/AP|
1. The Dalmatian
2. The Doberman Pinscher
3. The Kerry Blue Terrier
Well, except for Barry, who wanted the German Shepherd to win. Nicky was busy taking a nap upstairs, so he didn't have an opinion. But mostly, Mom kept saying, "Any dog except the Pekingese." But then the Pekingese won, and we were all disappointed.
But since Malachy the Pekingese won Westminster, I decided I would tell you a little bit about him and about his breed. Last year, Malachy, who is 4 years old, was also in the BIS group, but the Scottish Deerhound won instead. When Malachy won this year, it was the first time since 1990 that a Pekingese has won Westminster. For Malachy himself, it was his 115th BIS win. The judge, Cindy Vogels, said that Malachy was "a super dog who had a stupendous night."
|Writer Edith Wharton with two pekes|
Because they have such flat faces, Pekingese may have breathing problems, and they can catch colds easily. Also they might have trouble with their eyes, such as getting eye ulcers or dry eyes or progressive retinal atrophy. Since they have long backs, they can sometimes injure the disks in their spines. But if they stay healthy, pekes can live for about 10 or 15 years.
The temperament of this breed is sensitive, independent, and very loving. They were bred to be companion dogs, and that is what they are good at, but they also make good watchdogs. If they are fed too much, it's easy for them to get too fat, and sometimes pekes can be difficult to housebreak.
So that's the story of the breed that won at Westminster this year. Malachy is supposed to be an excellent example of all that is best in his breed, but who can tell anything about him, under all that hair? Which is why I personally still wish the Dalmatian had won!