Behind the Scenes at the Westminster Dog Show: Primping, Trimming and Canine Blowouts
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is packed with pristine looking pups, the kind of pooches you see on calendars and posters. Maybe they're born that way, or maybe it's hours of meticulous work.
While the dogs of Westminster are visions to behold (as are all dogs), every piece of fur doesn't just fall into place naturally. To see just how much primping goes into getting show-ready, take a look at these behind-the-scenes photos from the 2018 Westminster Dog Show.
COMFORT IS KEY
These pups, floofy Poodles especially, have to be patient while their fur is scuplted into the ideal shape. Having a pillow to rest on during these salon sessions is a big help.
BRUSHA BRUSHA BRUSHA
Since a single strand of fur can't be out of place, many of the long-haired breeds keep a brush within paw's reach at all times.
THE PERFECT PART
With simple tools like a comb or a brush, the handlers of these dogs can create looks that are stunning from all angles.
Sometimes it can be hard to tell which end is up during this process.
If you have reached a hair style impasse, Westminster might be an unlikely source of inspiration.
SHORT HAIR NEEDS LOVE TOO
Dogs with shorter coats still spend plenty of time primping, trimming every hair just so.
SLIPPERY WHEN WET
Of course, to achieve a new look, you have to brave a bath.
But with every bath, comes a warm, luxurious blow out.