Last week, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show had its 141st annual show in New York, making it second only to the Kentucky Derby as the longest continuously held sporting event in America. The show’s appeal spread nationally, and it is now part of a large network of local and regional shows. The Kennel Club of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania started the National Dog Show just a few years later in 1879, and the American Kennel Club/Eukanuba National Championship, which started in 2001, has since become the largest show in the country. In December 2016, 4,710 dogs competed for the title of national champion.
From dalmatians to Russian wolf hounds, much has changed since the canines in these Library of Congress images had their 15 minutes of fame, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still enjoyable to bask in their glory.