20 hilarious photos of dogs taken at the perfect time at the Westminster Dog Show

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Westminster is exhausting. Carlo Allegri/Reuters
  • The 144th Westminster Dog Show is underway at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
  • Over the years, the show has provided us with some hilarious candid photos of the competing canines.
  • These dogs get pampered and glammed up, just like people do at a beauty pageant.
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There is no shortage of perfectly timed, hilarious photos out there – and dogs make up quite a few of them. Of course, when hundreds (if not thousands) of dogs are put together at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, photos will be taken that will make you laugh out loud.

Keep scrolling to see hilarious photos of dogs at Westminster that were taken at the perfect time. They will be sure to put a smile on your face.


Did this dog get launched into the air by his handler, or is he falling to safety in her arms? Hard to tell.

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A dog performs tricks at the 2020 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Despite the glamour, life isn’t always easy for the competitors at Westminster, as proven by this exhausted pooch.

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A dog yawns at the 2020 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Dogs, they’re just like us. They even get caught on camera at unflattering angles.

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A Saluki named Stewart is judged at the 2020 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Carlo Allegri/Reuters

It looks like Talos the Rottweiler ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog.

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Talos, a Rottweiler is dressed with a pair of sunglasses to look like Elvis Presley. Wong Maye-E/AP

We have a feeling Elvis would approve.


Flynn, the 2018 Best in Show winner, was overjoyed to have taken home the top prize.

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Flynn the bichon frise poses after winning Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show on February 13, 2018. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

This epic side eye comes from Michael, a Lhasa Apsos.

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Michael, a Lhasa Apsos, looks on at the 133rd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 9, 2009. Janette Pellegrini/WireImage/Getty Images

No one looks great in the middle of getting their hair done, not even dogs.

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A cocker spaniel gets groomed in the benching area on February 16, 2016. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

“Excuse me, what are you doing to my chin?”

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Sophie, a standard poodle, is groomed before her showing at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, on February 13, 2012. Craig Ruttle/AP

Is this a glitch in the Matrix, or just three identical beagles getting judged?

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Handlers and their beagles are seen in the judging ring on February 11, 2019. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

Westminster is a multi-day affair, and no breed does exhaustion like the wrinkly bulldog.

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A bulldog rests before competing at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 13, 2017. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Although, this Dogue de Bordeaux gives that bulldog a run for his money.

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A Dogue de Bordeaux rests in the competition area on February 16, 2016. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

“Treat yo-self” is probably running through this beagle’s mind at all times.

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A beagle is groomed during the first day of the 134th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 15, 2010. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

Turbo, a Russell terrier, is ready for his closeup …

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Candace Lundin and her Russell terrier dog, Turbo, attends the Westminster Kennel Club’s 137th annual dog show on January 28, 2013. Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

… Ike the poodle, not so much.

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Ike, a standard poodle, gets groomed before entering the competition ring during the 130th Westminster Dog Show on February 13, 2006. Stephen Chernin/Getty Images

Max, a black and tan coonhound, is doing his best Dumbo impression.

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Max has his 26-inch ‘ear-span’ stretched as he waits to enter the ring for the Hound Group judging on February 14, 2006. Stephen Chernin/Getty Images

These three look a bit confused.

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Three English bulldogs view the passersby at the 61st annual show of the Westminster Kennel Club at Madison Square Garden in 1937. Underwood Archives/Getty Images

Look at the majestic fur of Bono, a Havanese.

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Bono, a Havanese, competes in Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 12, 2019. Frank Franklin II/AP

We know yawning between humans is contagious, but it looks like it can be spread to dogs, as well.

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Simon the Weimaraner appears to share a yawn with handler Michael Pitts during the competition on February 12, 2019. Angus Mordant for The Washington Post/Getty Images

Who’s going to tell Daisy that’s not a trendy new hat … just a Frisbee.

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Daisy, a beagle, sits with a Frisbee on her head after being shown during the 132nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 11, 2008. Chris McGrath/Getty Images

This photo captured a Komondor at just the right moment, making him indistinguishable from a mop.

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A Komondor is seen in the judging ring on February 16, 2016. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images