Banana Joe Best in Show winner at 2013 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

By on Feb 13, 2013 in Animals, United States Comments

GCH Banana Joe V Tani Kazari,” also known as Banana Joe, wins the Best in Show award at the 2013 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, which was held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Banana Joe is the first affenpinscher to win the prestigious award.

Banana Joe Best in Show winner

GCH Banana Joe V Tani Kazari, aka Banana Joe
Image Credit: Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

As noted at The New York Times today, Wednesday, February 13, the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show had seven competitors for the said award, and show judge Michael Dougherty picked Banana Joe, a small, black wiry-haired dog from the Toy Group, to be the Best in Show winner.

According to the report, Banana Joe won against six other group winners: Oakley, a German wirehaired pointer; Adam, a smooth fox terrier; Jewel, an American foxhound; Honor, a bichon frise; Matisse, a Portuguese water dog; and Swagger, an Old English sheepdog who was the darling of the crowd that night.

“He’s won a lot of big, big shows, but none like this one. 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.” Ernesto Lara, Banana Joe‘s handler, was quoted in the report.

“Like any comedian, when he’s in a situation, he doesn’t think it’s funny. He doesn’t know his size or that he has a pushed-in face. Once you live with one, you know that’s the standard. They need a comic seriousness. He’s smarter than you think. He knows when it’s showtime.” Lara added.

Based on the information page at, Banana Joe was born on July 30, 2003. He was sired by Kyleakin Space Cowboy to Bling Bling V Tani Kazari, and his owners are Zoila Truesdale and Mieke Cooymans. Meanwhile, Swagger (or Bugaboo’s Picture Perfect) won the 2013 Reserve Best in Show award.

Banana Joe winner Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Banana Joe, being awarded with the Best in Show trophy at 2013 Westminster
Kennel Club Dog Show

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