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February 14th, 2013
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'Best in show' winner Banana Joe takes a victory lap

Five year old affenpinscher Banana Joe is looking forward to a quiet retirement after winning "best in show" at the 137th annual Westminster Kennel Club Show.

Out of all the dogs in the show, what makes the monkey-faced dog stand out among the crowd?

“He’s a very sensible dog and this breed has a human-like aspect to them,"  Banana Joe's handler Ernesto Lara says on Starting Point this morning. "They posses a wonderful personality and they’re great to have around.”

David Frei, co-host of the Westminster show, joins Joe and Lara on set to discuss the affenpinscher's performance and to weigh in on why these types of small dogs always seem to win out over the larger American breeds.

"Labs and goldens are such wonderful dogs but it happens they haven’t won best in show. The terriers have an advantage because they were bred to look for trouble, to look for vermin and rats and things like that," Frei says. "So they’re always on their toes and their attitude is 'its our world and you’re living in it,' while the labs and the goldens want to be with us all the time and they’re so loving of their people it takes that edge away."


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