Banana Joe, an Affenpinscher, was named Best In Show at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden, New York.
"He's won a lot of big, big shows, but none like this one," Joe's trainer, Ernesto Lara said after the show, "I don't think he has anything to prove. I'm not bragging, this is just the way he is. The best thing is that I was in cue with him."
"This isn't a breed you train. He's like a human. You befriend him," he added.
He won the title beating six other finalists including a Portuguese water dog named Matisse, a bichon frisé named Honor, an American foxhound named Jewel, a German wirehaired pointer named Oakley, a smooth fox terrier named Adam and an Old English sheepdog named Swagger.
"This little fella seemed to want it a touch more," judge, Michael Dougherty said, "He's a fantastic affenpinscher, with a fantastic face, a great body. I've never had my hands on a better affenpinscher. Ever."
"He has the muscle tone of a big dog," Dougherty added.
According to report in Reuters, the five-year-old pooch who claimed his 86th career best in show title, will be retiring from competing, and will return to the Netherlands.
More than 2,700 dogs from 50 states and countries including Brazil, Croatia, France and Japan participated in the two-day event.
The American Kennel Club describes the dog on their website, stating, "Affenpinschers have a fun-loving, sometimes mischievous, personality. Their intelligence, appearance and attitude make them a good house pet, but children should always be taught how to properly handle the dog. Their small size makes them ideal for an apartment. They are very active indoors and most of their exercise needs can be met with indoor play, but they enjoy daily walks. Their wiry coat should be brushed and combed twice a week and trimmed twice a year."
Take a look at Banana Joe and other cute participants at the show.