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Westminster Dog Show 2021: The Flavor of the Moment Is Wasabi

Wasabi the Pekingese won Best in Show at Westminster, held this year at a riverside estate in Westchester County instead of its usual home at Madison Square Garden because of the pandemic.

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — Wasabi, a low-slung Pekingese named through bloodlines for a Michigan sushi restaurant, won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Sunday, his long tresses winning out in a field that included a trim whippet, a bushy sheepdog and a blinding white Samoyed that was the top-ranked show dog in the country.

Wasabi is the son of a champion Pekingese and the great-grandson of Malachy, the 2012 Best in Show winner who was also bred and shown by Wasabi’s owner and handler, David Fitzpatrick.