Razzle Dazzle the Champion Bulldog Will Compete in Westminster Kennel Club's Dog Show

"Bulldogs are not quite the same picture as a standard poodle," said Frei. "That's just one of the challenges of the non-sporting group. There is such a wide range of dog types. It's the group for the leftovers who sort of don't have a place in another group."

"But you're not judging the bulldog against the poodle, you're judging it against the perfect bulldog," he said.

"But yes, it can be tough when you see the poodle flying around and the bulldog rolling around the ring," said Frei.

Razzle Dazzle Has Average Life for a Pooch

When Razzle Dazzle isn't competing at dog shows, she lives a pretty average life for a canine at Booth's Redding, Conn., home. An average day consists of two cups of kibble and running in the yard with Booth's other dogs, a great way for Razzle Dazzle to stay in shape.

Razzle Dazzle has lived at Booth's home since she was just six months old -- and only 10 pounds lighter than she is now. It was there that she was trained to walk with her head up and to stand properly for judging.


Razzle Dazzle plays in the yard to stay in shape.

In the hours before she shows at Westminster, Razzle Dazzle will go through some grooming, although it won't be anywhere near as extensive of a process as some of her counterparts.

Booth says she will give Razzle Dazzle a medicated bath -- being sure to clean in between her wrinkles -- will trim her nails and whiskers and will comb some white baby powder through her coat to make sure she's "shiny" for the judges.

And, because it's known to get stuffy and hot inside Madison Square Garden, Booth will come with a cold pack to wrap around her neck to keep her cool.

"She's as close to a perfect bulldog that I've ever seen," said Booth, proudly.

Booth admits that she gets nervous before entering the ring, even though she's been doing this for more than 40 years.


To stay cool backstage, Razzle Dazzle wears an ice pack.

Razzle Dazzle, she says, does a better job of staying calm.

"She has no idea this is Westminster, or what Westminster is," said Booth. "All shows are big shows to her. To her, it's all fun and games."

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