Sorry, this dog is the boss now

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Wasabi the Pekingese judged best in show at Westminster Dog Show
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  • Behold, Wasabi.

  • The 3-year-old Pekingese took home top honors at the Westminster Dog Show over the weekend.

  • He's just 9 inches tall, weighs 13 1/2 pounds, and is very - very - fluffy.

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Perfection is here, and his name is Wasabi.

Wasabi, a 13-1/2-pound Pekingese, beat out a veritable Park Slope preschool's worth of fierce competitors to take home Best in Show at this year's Westminster Dog Show. There was Mathew (French bulldog), Connor (old English sheepdog), Jade (German shorthaired pointer), Striker (a Samoyed), and Bourbon (OK, it's unlikely that a Brooklyn parent would name their kid Bourbon, but you never know).

All won their respective groups, but none could take on the 9-inch-tall, impossibly fluffy, 3-year-old bad boy who had stolen the Toy category.

Westminster, which has been around for nearly 150 years, also named winners in agility and all-around good doggyness.

A border collie named Verb beat out more than 300 other dogs to take home first place in the Masters Agility Championship obstacle course. And an Australian cattle dog mix named Plog (PLOG!) was named Best All-American Dog.

Pekingese Wasabi having his tail examined
Among the indignities faced by dog-show competitors is a mandatory butt examination. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Perhaps Wasabi had a slight advantage - he is a legacy, after all. His grandfather Malachy won Best in Show in 2012, and his father Pickwick was top in the toy category in 2017. You could say slaying the competition is in his blood.

"What's not to like?" the Best in Show judge Patricia Trotter told USA Today, adding: "He thinks he's 10 feet tall. He stood there as though he was a lion - that's part of the breed standard."

Congrats to this tiny little tyrant.

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