Banana Joe the affenpinscher wins Westminster

5-year-old affenpinscher wins best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club

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NEW YORK - Banana Joe is America's top dog. The little affenpinscher with a monkey face added to his world of success Tuesday night, winning best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club.

"He speaks German, Dutch, Spanish and English," co-owner and breeder Mieke Cooijmans offered.

She was set to take Banana Joe back to the Netherlands on Wednesday. Now, the trip has been postponed for his victory lap.

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With a bouncy step and shiny black coat, Banana Joe made up for near misses the last two years at Madison Square Garden and won America's premier dog competition. The 5-year-old wagged his tail a mile a minute and stuck out his pink tongue after earning his 86th best in show title overall.

"He's won a lot of big shows, but not like this one," handler Ernesto Lara said.

An old English sheepdog only 20 months old was picked as the runner-up on the green carpet of the Garden.

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