He's got a look that's a little scary but you also want to run up and hug him. No matter what side you're on, 'ya gotta' love this El Paso champion.

A furry El Pasoan ... and his human ... just brought home a big title from the 148th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show held at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center in New York.

The "Best In Breed" award went to team El Paso at the nationally televised event which  featured almost 3,000 dogs this year.

Alpha Del Caritas, (that's the dog), is a Dogo Argentino. A breed with roots in Argentina while his owner, Richard Lee, has roots here in El Paso where he's been breeding Dogo Argentino's for 30 years. Take a peek at Alpha in the winners circle here.

7 other breeds competed in this particular category. The Westminster Dog Show is very exclusive and all entrants must be invited ... you can't just show up and look good. Years of training and effort go into getting dogs ready for this and, more often than not, they don't even get the invite.

Known for their athleticism, Dogos are bred to hunt wild boar and puma. The dogs are strong, intelligent and quick to respond, according to the American Kennel Club. The dogs can weigh up to 100 pounds and score highest under the "protective nature" and "trainability" categories. - EPTimes

"Alpha" may not be the last of Lee's dogs to win at Westminster. He has several siblings and his brother, "Optimus Prime", already won the 2023 AKC National Championship. Congrats to Richard Lee, Alpha, "Opty" and best of luck to the rest of the family.

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