Westminster celebrates 125th anniversary of the Whippet (6 images)

The Westminster Kennel Club held a celebration at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sept. 26 to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Whippet's first competition in the annual show.

Updated: Sept. 26, 2017 at 1:46 PM
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More than a dozen Whippets took part in the celebration which honored their breeds' original appearance in the 1893 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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The Whippet was first introduced as a member of the sporting group, which also includes the Irish Setter and Golden Retriever. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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The dogs celebrated with a custom cake from the stars behind the "Cake Boss" at Carlo's Bakery. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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In 1930, the breed joined the hound group, winning that division five times, most recently in 2010. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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The first Whippet to win the coveted Best in Show award was Ch. Courtenay Fleetfoot of Pennyworth in 1964. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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Last year's show saw 45 Whippets in competition. The 2018 show will be held on Feb. 12 - 13 at Madison Square Garden. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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