Westminster  Kennel Club Dog Show judge Cindy Vogels had a seriously tough job last night selecting a Best in Show winner among Capi the German Shepherd, Fifi the Doberman Pinscher, Emily the Irish Setter, Ian the Dalmatian, Chelsey the Kerry Blue Terrier, Cinders the Wirehaired Dachshund, and Malachy the Pekingese. It was a nail-biter, but ultimately Malachy (Ch Palacegarden Malachy) prevailed! Hats off to this little lion of a pooch! Here at PetSugar, Malachy also earned two more prizes, edging out Emily the Irish Setter for best hair and Cinders the Wirehaired Dachshund in the best waddle category. Check out the Pekingese's larger than life trophy and more from the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show!
We hope this cutie Old English Sheepdog can see where he's going in the ring!
The lovely blue eyes of an Australian Shepherd.
A pair of Frenchies rocking some serious backstage fashion!
Grand Champion Oakhurst Crusin' in Chrome, an Australian Shepard, gets lots of love for winning Best of Opposite Sex.
Nothing beats Beagle kisses!
Sizing up the competition in the Bulldog class.
Who couldn't love this face?
And the winner is . . . Malachy! The adorable Pekingese with the lustrous locks stole our hearts and the grand prize.
Emily, the lovely Irish Setter, and winner of the Sporting group.
Trinity, a Neopolitan Mastiff, waits to enter the ring.
A Dogue de Bordeaux isn't fazed by all the attention.
Peering through layered locks, Komondor Raaza is prepped and ready.
Backstage with the Golden Retrievers.
Dillon, the Sealyham Terrier, enjoys the grooming session.
Cocker Spaniel Bentley keeps those lovely ears toasty and warm.
Doberman Mia believes you should look your best whether in the ring or out.
CJ the Newfoundland puts on a happy face.
Henry the Golden Retriever works out some pre-show jitters on the grooming table.
Golden Retrievers in the ring.
Sanoma the Great Dane looks alert and ready.
Tibetan Mastiff Major spiffs up before his turn in the ring.
Yorkie Tucker competes in the Junior Showmanship preliminaries with a young human competitor.
Cricket the Papillon takes a brush to go.
Stella, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, teaches her young handler a thing or two about life in the ring.
Tibetan Terrier Reese gets a nose nuzzle backstage.
Staying cool for the hotly contested Bulldog competition.
This Bulldog waits for his turn in the ring.
Nikki, an Old English Sheepdog, patiently waits with a handler.
A bevy of Bichon Frises!
Fluffy Poodle feet!!
Ahhhhhhhh. Harry the Briard seemingly has no objections to the multiple sets of hands working on him for his big day!
An elaborate Poodle hairdo.
Clara, a Chinese Crested Terrier, cozies up in PJs while she waits her turn.
Martha Stewart  poses with a Bichon Frise backstage. Congrats to Martha and her Chow Chow Ch Pazzazz's Genghis Khan for winning best of breed !
This Beagle pauses for reflection before his group enters the ring.
A Standard Poodle rests up before the Non-Sporting Group breeds begin.
A beautiful Briard.
A Bearded Collie waits patiently during a grooming session.
Cardigan Welsh Corgi Libby sure looks pretty!
Simon the Chihuahua shields himself from prying eyes backstage at Westminster .
The lustrous locks of a Maltese.
A quiet moment for a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Drying off backstage at the Westminster  Kennel Club Dog Show.
This little one seems to enjoy his blow-dry!
Watch out, Mr. Darcy! The Wirehaired Dachshund nearly dangles off a grooming table.
Rudee the Briard wrings himself out after bathtime.
Boo the Toy Poodle plays dress up for the Pre-Westminster Fashion Show.
This pup rides in style!
Dixie Belle may be a nursing home volunteer dog, but she's just as glamorous as the show dogs!
Aptly named Miu Miu , this Chihuahua looks fierce in fur.
Pomeranian Sophia is queen of the court at a fashion show held on the Friday night prior to the Westminster  Kennel Club Dog Show.
Amazing Grace and Daisy participate in a wedding  ceremony at the doggie fashion show.