The little affenpinscher with the bouncy step and shiny black coat walked off as America's top dog Tuesday night, winning best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club.
Affectionately called a monkey dog because he looks just like one, Banana Joe made up for close finishes the last two years at Madison Square Garden.
The 5-year-old wagged his tail a mile a minute after earning his 86th best in show title overall.
It was a timely win, too, coming a day before he was set to fly back to the Netherlands with his owner.
An old English sheepdog only 20 months old was picked as the runner-up on the green carpet of the Garden.
Swagger the sheepdog drew the most cheers, but judge Michael Dougherty picked Banana Joe.
Also in the best-of-seven final ring were a German wirehaired pointer ranked as the nation's No. 1 show dog, an American foxhound, a Portuguese water dog, a bichon frise and a smooth fox terrier.
Handler Ernesto Lara kept hoisting Banana Joe after the victory at the country's premier dog show.
The playful pooch enjoys tugging at his squeaky mouse toy -- now he'll be able to put it in the prized silver bowl awarded to the top winner.
There were 2,721 canine entries in the 137th Westminster.
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