PHOTOS & VIDEOS
A papillon (pah-pee-own) named Xena relaxes in the grooming area of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City, on Monday, February 10. In French, papillon means butterfly. The breed is known for its distinctive ears.
A contestant in the Junior Showmanship category shows her Canadian Welsh corgi. In this Westminster Kennel Club event, it’s handlers, not dogs, being sized up by judges.
A BOY AND HIS DOG
Becker Reep, 14, of Asheville, North Carolina, hugs his Newfoundland, Stella, after taking part in a Junior Showmanship event. “The competition is always kind of nerve-wracking,” Becker told TFK. “Whenever I’m feeling a certain way she can sense that.”
Whippets at the Westminster Kennel Club show wear fanciful coats. The breed is believed to have been established in northern England nearly 200 years ago.
“AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE”
Kaycee Klang, 14, and her dog Cagney, a Briard, traveled from Palm Springs, California, to New York City, to take part in Westminster. “It’s an amazing experience but it’s very overwhelming at times, that’s for sure. Just all the people, and the pressure you get for wanting to win,” she said of the show.
TO THE DOGS
Most events at Westminster are breed-specific. But in the Junior Showmanship competition, handlers bring dogs of different breeds into the ring.
In the grooming area at the Westminster Kennel Club show, a handler preps a Maltese for competition by running a flat iron through the dog’s silky hair and tying it back in two ponytails.
A Yorkshire Terrier named Coco gets primped before competing at the Westminster Kennel Club show. “We’re really quite proud,” says the dog’s owner. “She’s had a really stellar career.” The 2014 show will be Coco’s last.
Standard poodle or snowball? This breed’s fur must be kept neatly trimmed. The dogs are said to possess extreme intelligence.
A STAR IS BORN
This 3-year-old Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is one of the three new breeds at the Westminster Kennel Club show. “She’s just tired,” says her owner. “She’s been doing a lot of interviews.”
Fourth-grade teacher Terry Farley, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, poses with his standard poodle, Bebe, at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show.