Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Whiskey the Whippet was crowned the winner of the National Dog Show in Philadelphia on Thursday.
"I think it's an outstanding example of what an ideal Whippet would look like," Whiskey's handler Justin Smithey said when asked about how his dog scored the Best in Show title. "This is our companion, our pet. He was born by my bed."
The Whippet, a medium-sized dog, originated in England, where the breed descended from greyhounds and was first registered by the American Kennel Club in 1888.
Whippets reach speeds of up to 35 miles per hour.
The AKC said the name Whippet seems to derive from "whappet," which means "a small dog that yaps."
John O'Hurley and David Frei hosted the competition, which was televised on NBC.
Last year's winner was Newton the Brussels Griffon.