Whiskey the Whippet nabs 'Best in Show' title at 17th annual National Dog Show

Whiskey the Whippet was named Best in Show in the 17th annual National Dog Show Presented by Purina on Thanksgiving Day. The hound dethroned the previous winner, Newton the Brussels Griffon.

Speaking with NBC after winning the title, Whiskey's handler Justin Smithey said, "I think [he's] an outstanding example of what the ideal whippet would look like," he said. "This is our companion, our pet. He was born by my bed."

Whiskey the Whippet won the Hound Group before going on to beat the Doberman Pinscher for the highest prize.

The National Dog Show, which has been taking place since 1933, is one of the oldest benched dog shows in the United States.

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THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA -- 2018 -- Pictured: (l-r) Doberman Pinscher 'Irupe' Group Winner, Chesapeake Bay Retriever 'Ducky' Group Winner, Whippet 'Whiskey' Best In Show Winner, Pembroke Welsh Corgi 'Bella' Group Winner, Wire Fox Terrier 'King' Group Winner, Lhasa Apso 'Billy' Group Winner, King Charles Cavalier Spaniel 'Bogie' Group Winner -- (Photo by: Bill McCay/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA -- 2018 -- Pictured: Whippet 'Whiskey' Best In Show Winner -- (Photo by: Bill McCay/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA -- 2018 -- Pictured: King Charles Cavalier Spaniel 'Bogie' Group Winner -- (Photo by: Bill McCay/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA -- 2018 -- Pictured: Lhasa Apso 'Billy' Group Winner -- (Photo by: Bill McCay/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA -- 2018 -- Pictured: (l-r) Pembroke Welsh Corgi 'Bella' Group Winner -- (Photo by: Bill McCay/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA -- 2018 -- Pictured: Doberman Pinscher 'Irupe' Group Winner -- (Photo by: Bill McCay/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA -- 2018 -- Pictured: Pembroke Welsh Corgi 'Bella' Group Winner -- (Photo by: Bill McCay/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA -- 2018 -- Pictured: (l-r) Justin Smithey, Handler, Whippet 'Whisky' Best In Show Winner -- (Photo by: Bill McCay/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA -- 2018 -- Pictured: Chesapeake Bay Retriever 'Ducky' Group Winner -- (Photo by: Bill McCay/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA -- 2018 -- Pictured: (l-r) Justin Smithey, Handler, Whippet 'Whiskey' Best In Show Winner -- (Photo by: Bill McCay/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA -- 2018 -- Pictured: Wire Fox Terrier 'King' Group Winner -- (Photo by: Bill McCay/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA -- 2018 -- Pictured: King Charles Cavalier Spaniel 'Bogie' Group Winner -- (Photo by: Bill McCay/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
OAKS, PA - NOVEMBER 17: A medal states 'BEST in SHOW 2018' as the Best in Show Group competes at the National Dog Show in Oaks, PA on November 17, 2018. Now in its 17th year, the National Dog Show, features over 2,000 dogs, 200 breeds, and is televised on NBC after the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Photo by Mark Makela for The Washington Post via Getty Images)2q
OAKS, PA - NOVEMBER 17: Doc Holiday, 4, a 165 pound, Saint Bernard, waits backstage before the Working Group competition at the National Dog Show in Oaks, PA on November 17, 2018. Now in its 17th year, the National Dog Show, features over 2,000 dogs, 200 breeds, and is televised on NBC after the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Photo by Mark Makela for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
OAKS, PA - NOVEMBER 17: The Sporting Group competes at the National Dog Show in Oaks, PA on November 17, 2018. Now in its 17th year, the National Dog Show, features over 2,000 dogs, 200 breeds, and is televised on NBC after the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Photo by Mark Makela for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
OAKS, PA - NOVEMBER 17: Best in Show champion, Whiskey, 3, a Whippet, eats food from a trophy plate at the National Dog Show in Oaks, PA on November 17, 2018. Now in its 17th year, the National Dog Show, features over 2,000 dogs, 200 breeds, and is televised on NBC after the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Photo by Mark Makela for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
OAKS, PA - NOVEMBER 17: A Corgi competes with the Best in Show Group at the National Dog Show in Oaks, PA on November 17, 2018. Now in its 17th year, the National Dog Show, features over 2,000 dogs, 200 breeds, and is televised on NBC after the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Photo by Mark Makela for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
OAKS, PA - NOVEMBER 17: Teddy, a 200 pound, 15 month old English Mastiff at the National Dog Show in Oaks, PA on November 17, 2018. Now in its 17th year, the National Dog Show, features over 2,000 dogs, 200 breeds, and is televised on NBC after the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Photo by Mark Makela for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
OAKS, PA - NOVEMBER 17: A Yorkshire terrier is fitted with rubber bands at the National Dog Show in Oaks, PA on November 17, 2018. Now in its 17th year, the National Dog Show, features over 2,000 dogs, 200 breeds, and is televised on NBC after the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Photo by Mark Makela for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
OAKS, PA - NOVEMBER 17: Sarah Rivkin, 23, holds Amber, 1, a Standard Poodle, at the National Dog Show in Oaks, PA on November 17, 2018. Now in its 17th year, the National Dog Show, features over 2,000 dogs, 200 breeds, and is televised on NBC after the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Photo by Mark Makela for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
OAKS, PA - NOVEMBER 17: Cavi, an 18 month Airedale Terrier, at the National Dog Show in Oaks, PA on November 17, 2018. Now in its 17th year, the National Dog Show, features over 2,000 dogs, 200 breeds, and is televised on NBC after the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Photo by Mark Makela for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
OAKS, PA - NOVEMBER 17: Cooper, 2, Bichon Frise, at the National Dog Show in Oaks, PA on November 17, 2018. Now in its 17th year, the National Dog Show, features over 2,000 dogs, 200 breeds, and is televised on NBC after the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Photo by Mark Makela for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
OAKS, PA - NOVEMBER 17: Norwegian Buhund, Ghost, sleeps on a table at the National Dog Show in Oaks, PA on November 17, 2018. Now in its 17th year, the National Dog Show, features over 2,000 dogs, 200 breeds, and is televised on NBC after the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Photo by Mark Makela for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA -- 2018 -- Pictured: Chinese Shar-Pei -- (Photo by: Bill McCay/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA -- 2018 -- Pictured: Miniature American Shepherd -- (Photo by: Bill McCay/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA -- 2018 -- Pictured: Backstage at the National Dog Show -- (Photo by: Bill McCay/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA -- 2018 -- Pictured: Yorkshire Terrier -- (Photo by: Bill McCay/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA -- 2018 -- Pictured: Long Coat Chihuahua -- (Photo by: Bill McCay/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA -- 2018 -- Pictured: Harrier -- (Photo by: Bill McCay/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA -- 2018 -- Pictured: Dalmation -- (Photo by: Bill McCay/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA -- 2018 -- Pictured: Freestyle Flying Disc Demonstration -- (Photo by: Bill McCay/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA -- 2018 -- Pictured: Spanish Water Dog -- (Photo by: Bill McCay/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA -- 2018 -- Pictured: Golden Retriever -- (Photo by: Bill McCay/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA -- 2018 -- Pictured: Nederlandse Kooikerhondje -- (Photo by: Bill McCay/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA -- 2018 -- Pictured: Toy Poodle -- (Photo by: Bill McCay/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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