Banana Joe is just as adorable as his name is.
The little affenpinscher with a monkey face added to his world of success Tuesday night (February 12, 2013), winning best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club.
“He speaks German, Dutch, Spanish and English,” co-owner and breeder Mieke Cooijmans offered.
“This little fellow seemed to want it just a touch more,” Michael Dougherty, the best-in-show judge at the 137th annual contest, told the media after selecting him over six other finalists. “He has a fantastic face and an absolutely perfect body.”
The breed originated in Central Europe and earned the nickname “little devil with a moustache,” according to the American Kennel Club.
“This is a breed they call the ‘monkey dog,’ and they’re really human-like,” the dog’s handler, Ernesto Lara, said as he cradled the five-year-old, its mouth ajar and tongue protruding. “This isn’t a breed you train. You really befriend them.”
I just want to kidnap him and take him home!