We Take You Behind the Scenes at the 2014 National Dog Show

On Saturday we got a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of The National Dog Show, which brought together 1,612 pedigreed dogs from 175 breeds and varieties to vie for the coveted title of Best in Show.

The telecast of the competition doesn't air until Thanksgiving Day on NBC, but here's a taste of the backstage excitement in the benching area — plus some scenes you may not see on TV.

National Dog Show 2014 Benching

National Dog Show Airedale Terrier

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Fernando Salas of Oakland, New Jersey, gives a smooch to his 7-month-old Airedale Terrier, Reina. Her name means "queen" in Spanish.

National Dog Show Belgian Tervuren

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Nukaq is a 2-year-old Belgian Tervuren whose name means "little sister" in Inuit. She and her sister, Valor, are both therapy dogs.

National Dog Show Komondor

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Chauncy the Komondor drew plenty of admiring fans who asked to touch his corded white coat.

National Dog Show Standard Poodle

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Darby the Poodle gets pampered — er, groomed — before her turn in the ring.

National Dog Show Wire-haired Vizsla

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Mark Goodwein of California holds his "50-pound lapdog," a Wirehaired Vizsla named Izzy.

National Dog Show Bedlington Terrier

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Is there a more perfect name for this gorgeous Bedlington Terrier than Vogue? We don't think so!

National Dog Show Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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What's so funny, Lucy? This 2-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi loved goofing off for the camera.

National Dog Show Great Dane

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A handler adjusts her Great Dane in the show ring.

National Dog Show French Bulldog

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Thanks to her friendly personality and adorable bat ears, Maddie the 5-year-old French Bulldog made lots of friends in the benching area.

National Dog Show Siberian Husky

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Ziva the Siberian Husky waits for her turn in the ring.

National Dog Show Spinone Italiano

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Can you tell which shaggy breed this nose belongs to? The answer is here.

National Dog Show Bullmastiff

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A handler leans down to kiss her Bullmastiff in the ring as a judge looks on.

National Dog Show Wheaten Terrier

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Is it just us or is this Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier winning Movember?

National Dog Show Spanish Water Dog

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Rudi the Spanish Water Dog shows off the breed's signature curls.

National Dog Show Poodle Grooming

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Co-owner and handler Michelle Birchard grooms Sam, a 7-month-old Poodle.

National Dog Show Border Collie

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Boo the Border Collie's owner says she's the calmest example of a breed not exactly known for being calm!

National Dog Show Shiba Inu

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Two Shiba Inu dogs wait attentively outside the show ring.

National Dog Show Bulldog

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Frannie the Bulldog slept like this for a while — unwittingly posing for more than a few pictures.


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