'Wasabi,' A Pekingese, Wins Best In Show At AKC National Championship


A black-masked red 20-month-old male Pekingese named “Wasabi,” shown sparingly and just starting his Specials campaign, spiced up the 2019 AKC National Championship by winning Best in Show. Owned by his breeder and handler David Fitzpatrick and Peggy Steinman of East Berlin, Pennsylvania, GCH Pequest Wasabi topped 5,200 dogs to win the largest dog show in the country and become the first Toy Group winner since the show began in 2001.

Fitzpatrick, who is known internationally for breeding exceptional Chinese Lion Dogs, as the Pekingese is known, under the Pequest prefix, was elated to win with his young male who took his first Best in Show the weekend before the AKC National. Describing his virtues, Fitzpatrick says, “Wasabi has the correct pear-shaped body, distinctive rolling gait, dignified temperament, and typey head from his broad skull to his round, wide-set eyes.”

The regal Pekingese, who is fed Purina Pro Plan SAVOR Shredded Blend Adult Chicken & Rice Formula dog food, is the ninth consecutive AKC National Best in Show winner fed Purina Pro Plan dog food. All seven Group First winners are fed Purina Pro Plan