Westminster Dog Show 2015: Exclusive Backstage Photos

Greetings from New York City and the 139th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show! We're hanging out ringside and backstage in the benching area to bring you all the action. Check out the gallery below to see our favorite moments.

Backstage at the Westminster Dog Show

Westminster Dog Show Sophia Rogers and Joy

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Sophia Rogers sits in a booth with her 5-year-old Great Dane, Joy.

Labrador Retriever at Westminster Dog Show

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We don’t know if this Labrador Retriever won or lost today, but he sure looks happy to be at Westminster.

Westminster Dog Show Matisse Portuguese Water Dog

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Handler Michael Scott adjusts the front foot of Portuguese Water Dog Matisse, considered a favorite to win Best in Show this year.

Dog at Westminster Dog Show 2015 Scottish Terrier

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Marianne Melucci listens to Pandora as she grooms her Scottish Terrier, Roxy. That plaid apron is on point!

Westminster Dog Show Parson Russell Terrier

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Parson Russell Terrier Cyprus waits patiently for the Norfolk Terriers to finish showing so his breed can enter the ring.

English Springer Spaniel at Westminster Dog Show 2015

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Do you like getting your hair done? So does Daniel the English Springer Spaniel.

Westminster Dog Show Samoyed Romeo

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Romeo shows off his Samoyed smile backstage.

Wire Fox Terrier Dog at Westminster Dog Show 2015

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Kelly the Wire Fox Terrier is so excited she can hardly sit still.

Westminster Dog Show Toy Fox Terrier

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A Toy Fox Terrier stands up on his handler in the ring.

Bedlington Terrier at Westminster Dog Show 2015

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This Bedlington Terrier’s registered name is Peremy One Singular Sensation because she was the only puppy in her litter.

Norwich Terrier at Westminster Dog Show 2015

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Do you recognize Nigel the Norwich Terrier? He was featured in the New York Times with his owner, Denis Johnson.

Westminster Dog Show Smooth Fox Terrier

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A Smooth Fox Terrier watches the audience from inside the show ring.

Australian Shepherd at Westminster Dog Show 2015

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This friendly Australian Shepherd greeted (or maybe herded) everyone who passed by him.

Westminster Dog Show Cooper the Siberian Husky

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Cooper the Siberian Husky takes a rest before his breed competes.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever at Westminster Dog Show 2015

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Timber the Chesapeake Bay Retriever’s hobbies include swimming (of course) and rolling in horse poop. (He lives on a farm.)

Cane Corso at Westminster Dog Show 2015

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Ruru the Cane Corso is all tuckered out. (We are too.)

Evie the Whippet in her pajamas at the 2015 Westminster Dog Show

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Evie the Whippet isn't ready to get out of her giraffe-print jammies just yet.

Westminster Dog Show 2015 Larimar the Cardigan Welsh Corgi

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Larimar the Cardigan Welsh Corgi's registered name is Caribbean Gem, and she's so friendly that her owner says "she'll go home with you."

Richie the Shih Tzu gets a bow at Westminster 2015

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Richie the Shih Tzu gets a lovely red bow in his hair. How stylish.

Westminster Dog Show 2015 David Sphris and Nurple

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David Sphris, a breeder/owner/handler from Kansas City, trims some fur from his Maltese, Nurple.

Macho the Pomeranian at Westminster Dog Show

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A Pomeranian named Macho strikes a pose before heading into the ring.

Westminster Dog Show 2015 Zevia the Irish Wolfhound

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Zevia the Irish Wolfhound, who weighs 126 pounds, tries to sit in the lap of Josie Lee.

Gabby the Bearded Collie gets a sponge bath at Westminster Dog Show 2015

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It's sponge bath time for Gabby the Bearded Collie. Just look at that beard!

Westminster Dog Show 2015 Goldie the French Bulldog

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Goldie the French Bulldog waits for her turn in the ring.

Westminster Dog Show 2015 Treeing Walker Purse

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Taylor Mills from Alabama models her Treeing Walker Coonhound handbag, painted with the image of her dog, Tuff.

Savannah the Borzoi is quite regal at Westminster 2015

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Have you ever seen such a regal dog? Savannah the Borzoi looks like she's fit for royalty.

Nino the Basset Hound wears a snood and wants a treat at Westminster Dog Show 2015

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Nino the snood-wearing Basset Hound would like some treats, please.

Westminster Dog Show 2015 Rhodesian Ridgeback

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A Rhodesian Ridgeback watches for a treat in the ring.

Lynnette and Rhett Butler the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel at Westminster Dog Show 2015

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Rhett Butler the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (he's from Charleston, S.C., of course) mugs with his owner, Lynette Bragg.

Westminster Dog Show 2015 Standard Poodle on Princess Pillow

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Flame the Poodle rests her royal head on a pink princess pillow. She just turned 4 years old on Valentine's Day.

Norwegian Lundehund Earrings at Westminster Dog Show 2015

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We heart Norwegian Lundehunds! These cool earrings were a Valentine's Day treat.

Westminster Dog Show 2015 Jostin Lantadilla and Colin

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Jostin Lantadilla cleans the eye of his Dalmatian, Colin.

Westminster Dog Show 2015 Scottish Deerhound

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These Scottish Deerhounds are making everyone smile!

Westminster Dog Show 2015 Cardigan Welsh Corgis

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Cardigan Welsh Corgis Porter, left, and Ianto, share a bench and pose for pictures.

Brussels Griffon at Westminster Dog Show 2015

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Being a Brussels Griffon at the Westminster Dog Show is truly as good as it gets, right?

Westminster Dog Show 2015 Ashley Hallett and Luna

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Handler Ashley Hallett smiles as she brushes her Shetland Sheepdog, Luna, in the ring.

Lyllie the Pekingese at Westminster Dog Show 2015

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Lyllie the Pekingese is ready to take a break after strutting her stuff for the judges.

A Border Collie stands outside the ring at Westminster 2015

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A Border Collie waits patiently for his turn in the ring.

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