Behind the Scenes at the 2014 Westminster Dog Show

We're getting up-close and personal with the canine competitors at the 2014 Westminster Dog Show! Check out our photo gallery to see Boxers, Westies, Dalmatians, Keeshonds, Pugs, Corgis and many more of the breeds competing at the Piers.

And make sure you follow along with our liveblog for even more pictures!

Westminster Behind the Scenes

Westminster Petey English Springer Spaniel

Shayna Meliker, Vetstreet

Petey the English Springer Spaniel enjoys a pet from one of his adoring fans.

Alaskan Malamute dries off at Westminster

Laura Cross, Vetstreet

With the help of a blowdryer, an Alaskan Malamute dries off after taking a bath.

Westminster Pollyanna

Shayna Meliker, Vetstreet

Pollyanna the Irish Red and White Setter gets a belly rub toward the end of benching on day two.

Westminster Amstel the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Shayna Meliker, Vetstreet

Amstel the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon doesn't mind the cold here in New York — he's from Wisconsin!

Westminster Bedlington Yawn

Shayna Meliker, Vetstreet

It's been a long day for Rian, a 2-year-old Bedlington Terrier.

Boxer at Westminster

Laura Cross, Vetstreet

Keeva the Boxer makes her way to the ring. (And stops to strike a pose on the way there.)

Welsh Springer Spaniel at Westminster Dog Show

Laura Cross, Vetstreet

This Welsh Springer Spaniel is all smiles in the benching area.

Westminster Steve the Mastiff

Shayna Meliker, Vetstreet

Steve the Mastiff takes a rest on his owner's shoes.

Westminster Serena and Lily the Great Pyrenees

Shayna Meliker, Vetstreet

Eleven-year-old Serena Edgerton gets a nose-to-nose kiss from her 5-year-old Great Pyrenees, Lily.

Westie takes a bath at Westminster

Laura Cross, Vetstreet

It's bath time for this adorable West Highland Terrier.

Westminster Jake and Bedlington

Shayna Meliker, Vetstreet

Eleven-year-old Jake from New Jersey gets a Bedlington Terrier kiss.

Chinook at Westminster

Laura Cross, Vetstreet

This Chinook is one of three new breeds competing for the first time at Westminster. He is a member of the Working group.

Westminster Burton the Leonberger

Shayna Meliker, Vetstreet

This year's show is the first Westminster appearance for Burton the Leonberger.

Alaskan Malamute takes a selfie

Laura Cross, Vetstreet

Selfie time! Tornado the Alaskan Malamute mugs with his owner's sister.

Welsh Corgi at Westminster

Laura Cross, Vetstreet

Sam the Pembroke Welsh Corgi waits patiently for a treat from his handler.

Westminster Cinnamon the Australian Shepherd

Shayna Meliker, Vetstreet

Cinnamon, otherwise known as GCH Hemlocks My Cinnamon Girl, is a 4-year-old Australian Shepherd.

Italian Greyhound at Westminster

Laura Cross, Vetstreet

Arrgh, matey! It's a pirate's life for Keira Sue the Italian Greyhound. The crowd cannot get enough of her. (And neither can we.)

Westminster Bacon the Brussels Griffon

Shayna Meliker, Vetstreet

Ewok sighting! Just kidding. This is Bacon the Brussels Griffon.

Westminster Uriel and Basenji

Shayna Meliker, Vetstreet

Four-year-old Uriel from New York City gets to know a Basenji dog.

Basset Hound at Westminster

Laura Cross, Vetstreet

Named after the famous film director, Cecil B. DeMille the Basset Hound is no stranger to the limelight.

Westminster Haiti the Keeshond

Shayna Meliker, Vetstreet

Haiti the Keeshond was born right after (and named for) the nation's massive 2010 earthquake.

German Shepherd at Westminster

Laura Cross, Vetstreet

Mira the German Shepherd mugs for the camera as she waits to go into the ring.

Westminster Cooper the Tibetan Terrier

Shayna Meliker, Vetstreet

Cooper the 4-year-old Tibetan Terrier thrives on all the attention from the Westminster crowd.

Westminster Rufus the Otterhound

Shayna Meliker, Vetstreet

Rufus the Otterhound takes a rest behind one of the rings.

Westminster Ghost the Dalmatian

Shayna Meliker, Vetstreet

At almost 9 years old, Ghost the Dalmatian is the oldest Dal competing today.

Chow at Westminster

Laura Cross, Vetstreet

Yes, that's a blue tongue you see on Embry the Chow Chow.

Rhodesian Ridgeback at Westminster

Laura Cross, Vetstreet

At 15 months old, Beau the Rhodesian Ridgeback is one of the younger contenders at the show. The fawn-coated pup with a liver nose wasn't selected for best in breed, but he definitely soaked up all the attention.

Westminster Ember the American Eskimo Dog

Shayna Meliker, Vetstreet

Ember the American Eskimo Dog was ready to go bright and early!

Pug at Westminster

Laura Cross, Vetstreet

Hello, wrinkles! Gracie the Pug, who was named for Grace Kelly, is super excited to be at Westminster.

Chinese Crested at Westminster

Laura Cross, Vetstreet

After a long day in the ring, a Chinese Crested prepares to take a well-deserved nap.

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