THE WASHINGTON POST: Looking back at American dog shows in the early 1900s

 In Lifestyle

Dog shows are famous for their spirit, their spunk and, as satirized in Christopher Guest’s 2000 film “Best in Show,” their cult following. That following — visible in these delightful frames — shows a devotion that predates the invention of the lightbulb, woman’s suffrage and the World Series.

Dog shows, which originally started as side attractions to cattle shows in England in the 1850s, quickly crisscrossed the globe to become competitions worthy of their own fanfare and personality.


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Photo credit: Harris & Ewing/Library of Congress

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