Photos: Wasabi The Pekingese Wins Westminster Dog Show 2021

A three-year-old Pekingese named Wasabi—son of Sushi and Pickwick—was the winner of the 145th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show this weekend.

His owner and handler David Fitzpatrick explained, “First of all, he fits the standard. Second, he’s got the charisma and the movement and the showmanship you like to have in the big ring at a show like this.”

The runner-up was a five-year-old whippet named Kentucky Bourbon; others competing for Best in Show included a French bulldog named Mathew and a West Highland terrier from Thailand named Boy. But they are all good boys and girls!

Wasabi’s great-grandfather Malachy won the competition in 2012, and Fitzpatrick admitted to the AP, “I just don’t always think lightning is going to strike twice.” (Malachy was called a “dust bunny” when he won.)

“What’s not to like about this dog?” the show’s judge Patricia Trotter said about Wasabi, according to the AP. “He stood there as though he was a lion.”

Due to the pandemic, this year’s Westminster Dog Show was held at Lyndhurst Castle in Tarrytown (with no fans in attendance), and judging was split between spaces outside and inside a tent. The event will return to Madison Square Garden in 2022.

And, yes, Barry Bonds was there, with his dog Rocky who was competing in the miniature schnauzer division.