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15 Behind the Scene Photos of the World of Show Dogs

See what the dogs do when they're not performing.

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Best in Show coverCourtesy Dolly Faibyshev

Best in Show

If you’ve ever wondered what it looks like behind the scenes of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and beyond these photos will show you just that. New York City-based photographer Dolly Faibyshev created the book Best in Show to display her photographs of the well-groomed dogs that win big at dog shows. Read on to see 15 of the many amazing photographs from the book that show an inside look at the funny, vibrant, larger than life dogs that run the dog shows around the world. Here are some of the most interesting moments from The National Dog Show throughout the years.

best in show behind the scenesCourtesy Dolly Faibyshev

Attention!

Look at that cute fluffball. All the attention on his trainer. Here’s how much money the winners of the Westminster Dog show make.

best in show behind the scenesCourtesy Dolly Faibyshev

Big smiles

These dogs know how to smile for the camera. These are some of the most unforgettable images from the Westminster Dog Show.

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Shiny fur

Look at those long locks. Meet some of the adorable dogs competing in the American Rescue Dog Show.

best in show behind the scenesCourtesy Dolly Faibyshev

Kisses

All the dogs need some pre-show good luck kisses. This is what it’s really like to show dogs at the Westminster Dog Show.

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Middle part

The part has to be just perfect to get the first place prize.

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Twins

A popular breed will have lots of competition at dog shows. Check out some of the funniest names from the Westminster Dog Show.

best in show behind the scenesCourtesy Dolly Faibyshev

What do you have there?

Lots of treats dor doggies that listen on stage. This is why dogs get disqualified from Westminster.

best in show behind the scenesCourtesy Dolly Faibyshev

Hard work

The best place to rest after a long show.

best in show behind the scenesCourtesy Dolly Faibyshev

Focus

Treats are an essential part of training show dogs. Here’s why these 9 beloved dog breeds will never win Westminster.

best in show behind the scenesCourtesy Dolly Faibyshev

Fluffy paws

The perfect poodle paws.

best in show behind the scenesCourtesy Dolly Faibyshev

Snack time

The judges have a hard job and need snacks to get through the day. These dog breeds have the most wins at the Westminster Dog Show.

best in show behind the scenesCourtesy Dolly Faibyshev

I love New York

Gotta stay warm in between being out in the show ring.

best in show behind the scenesCourtesy Dolly Faibyshev

All fluff

Purple tongue and red fur make for a winning show dog. Check out these facts about the Westminster Dog Show.

best in show behind the scenesCourtesy Dolly Faibyshev

High bun

Buns are required to get this dog’s long hair out of her eyes.

best in show behind the scenesCourtesy Dolly Faibyshev

Crimped hair

Look at that style! Now, learn about these behind-the-scene secrets from the National Dog Show.

Morgan Cutolo
Morgan is the Assistant Digital Managing Editor at Reader’s Digest. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. When she’s not writing for rd.com or keeping the 650+ pieces of content our team produces every month organized, she likes watching HGTV, going on Target runs, and searching through Instagram to find new corgi accounts to follow.