Pekingese Malachy wins Westminster PHOTOS

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    Malachy, a Pekingese, sits in the trophy after being named best in show at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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    Dog had his day; security stops PETA protesters before they enter the ring.

    Big things come in small packages, some so small they fit inside their championship trophies. Such is life for Malachy, a Pekingese crowned top dog at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City on Tuesday night.

    You couldn’t have found a better resting place for the 4-year-old winner, who plans to retire after winning his 115th overall best in show title.

    What’s in store for Malachy? “He’ll probably chase squirrels and he’ll be pampered,” handler David Fitzpatrick told The Associated Press.

    A Pekingese won Westminster for a fourth time, and the first since 1990. Malachy edged out a Dalmatian, German shepherd, Doberman pinscher, Irish setter, Kerry blue terrier and wire-haired dachshund at Madison Square Garden.

    “He’s a super dog who had a stupendous night,” judge Cindy Vogels told the New York Times.

    He also enjoyed the spotlight to himself; security stopped two PETA protesters before they could enter the judging ring, the AP reported.

    More than 2,000 dogs and 185 breeds compete at Westminster, the second-longest running American sporting event behind the Kentucky Derby. The winner receives an elegant silver bowl, but no prize money. That didn’t seem to bother Fitzpatrick, or co-owner Iris Love.

    “He saved all his energy for the ring today,” Fitzpatrick said.

    Malachy, a Pekingese, sits in the trophy after being named best in show at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    David Fitzpatrick, left, and Sandra Middlebrooks, right, are surrounded by photographers after their Pekingese, Malachy, was named best in show at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Malachy, a Pekingese, sits in the trophy after being named best in show at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

    David Fitzpatrick combs Malachy, a Pekingese, during the competition for best in show at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. Malachy went on to win best in show. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    David Fitzpatrick holds a ribbon after Malachy, a Pekingese, was awarded best in show at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Malachy, a Pekingese, competes for best in show at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. Malachy went on to win the title. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    A Kerry blue terrier named Chelsey is declared the winner of the terrier group at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Protocol's Veni Vidi Vici, a Doberman pinscher, who won its group, runs during the judging of the Working Group at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Shadagee Caught Red Handed, an Irish setter, competes in the sporting group finals, which she later won, during the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

    Winnie, a Siberian husky, second from left, competes at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, in New York. Winnie received an award of merit in the competition. Winnie received an award of merit after the competition. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

    A harrier named Downhome Hitech Innovator runs during the hound judging at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York, Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    A redbone coonhound is judged as part of the hound group at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York, Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    A Dalmatian named Ian, with his handler Michael Scott, competes in the non-sporting group, which he won, at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York, Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Lafford Fly Me Too Farleysbane, a papillon, looks up at it's handler and the judge during the judging of the toy group at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York, Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    A German shepard named Cappy competes at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York, Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. Cappy went on to win the herding group. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Mya, a doberman pinscher from Denton, Texas, wears Valentine's Day apparel in the backstage area at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

    A golden retriever named Chloe, from Green Bay, Wis., awaits her breed competition at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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