So I thought I would have a look at Malachy, the winning Peke, and look at some old photos of Peke's long past to see if perhaps a similar trend might be happening in that breed...where breeding for a cute face may be near the point of affecting health.
After looking at a few old photos (I picked the 1940's, that seemed to me to be a reasonable time frame), I came away convinced that this breed may be facing the same "bulldogish" issues...just saying...check out the winner versus these pics below. I will certainly be suggesting the folks I know who may be considering a Peke get a vet opinion on the dog's parent's breathing ability and nasal passages. Otherwise they may be joining bulldogs as some of the most expensive vet bill dogs I know.
Other Westminster winners.
Hound Group - Dachshund (Wirehaired): GCH Raydachs Playing With Fire V Gleishorbach SW
Non-Sporting Group - Dalmatian: GCH Spotlights Ruffian
Herding Group - German Shepherd: GCH Babheim's Captain Crunch
Sporting Group - Irish Setter: GCH Shadagee Caught Red Handed
Working Group - Doberman Pinscher: GCH Protocol's Veni Vidi Vici
Terrier Group - Kerry Blue Terrier: GCH Perrisblu Kennislain's Chelsey