The pups at Meet the Breeds like to eat so much more than kibble.

By Adam Campbell-Schmitt
Updated February 12, 2018
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While the world's elite athletes are showing off their skills in PyeongChang and models strut next season's trends down the runways of New York Fashion Week, another display of pomp and physical perfection is taking place at Madison Square Garden: The 2018 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. With agility events, breed competitions, and the coveted Best in Show title all on the line, the annual event kicked off at Pier 92 with the ever-popular Meet the Breeds on Saturday—a chance for the public to mingle with purebred dogs (and kitties) of every shape and size imaginable. We took to the showroom floor to chat with 19 champion pooches, former and future alike, to find out what treats these canines are craving.

Mariah Tyler

Stitch

Registered Name: Chattaway's Secret Thread

Breed: Weimaraner

Age: 3

Hometown: Winfield, PA

"I really enjoy fresh green beans as a special treat when I've been good. I love bananas, too, and apples. Fresh fruits and vegetables. Except for cabbage, yuck!"

Mariah Tyler

Remy

Registered Name: Riverside's Remington Magical Gun

Breed: Welsh Springer Spaniel

Age: 10

Hometown: Bayville, NY

"I love carrots and cantaloupe, any fruit I can get my paws on. But I'm usually easing fish and sweet potato dog food. Sometimes I get to lick the dinner plates before they hit the dishwasher."

Mariah Tyler

Bippity

Registered Name: Grand Champion Orion's Heaven Help Us

Breed: West Highland Terrier

Age: 2 1/2

Hometown: Long Island, NY

"I eat liver and steak—any whole meat—while I'm competing. I love carrots, too, but they'll turn me orange if I eat too many. I like cabbage and even brussels sprouts. Watermelon is my favorite fruit."

Mariah Tyler

Crime Spree

Registered Name: Grand Champion Dual Champion Surrey Hill Silkrock Teenage Crime Spree at Mariner

Breed: Whippet

Age: 7

Hometown: Daytona Beach, FL

"I'll indulge in a thin slice of Manchego on a rye cracker, or perhaps a schmear of Roquefort. And I love cashews and other nuts. Salmon is great for my coat, but when I was competing, I'd go for an egg and cheese omelette made with coconut oil."

Mariah Tyler

Sophie

Registered Name: Champions Timber Oaks Sophie Es Linda

Breed: Spanish Water Dog

Age: 3 1/2

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL

"I'll snack on turkey bacon, but I'm usually eating lamb. No table scraps for me, I'm competing this year!"

Mariah Tyler

Twinkie

Registered Name: Case's Sweet Dessert

Breed: Pomeranian

Age: 1

Hometown: Queens, NY

"My favorite treats are Gerber chicken sticks (they're for babies). And no, I've never eaten a Twinkie."

Mariah Tyler

Snippet & Lisbon

Registered Name: StarMountain Vino Verde & StarMountain Princess Lisbon

Breed: Podengo

Ages: 2 & 4

Hometown: Windsor, CT

"We worked on a farm for a while and ate lots of hard-boiled eggs."

"We're also bananas for bananas. Do you have any?"

Mariah Tyler

Cara

Registered Name: American Canadian Champion Silvertown Oh Carol

Breed: Pug

Age: 9 1/2

Hometown: Concord, NH

"Baked liver with a little garlic powder is just wonderful."

Mariah Tyler

Thorin

Registered Name: Luvakis Shirley's Thorin Eichenschild

Breed: Rhodesian Ridgeback

Age: 3

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

"I'll snack on turkey hearts or liver and sometimes have a little egg in my kibble. Kefir is my go-to probiotic."

Mariah Tyler

Sako

Registered Name: Mceremon's Sako of Arctic Ridge

Breed: Icelandic Sheepdog

Age: 5

Hometown: West Virginia

"I like a little cheese in my usual food. Hot dogs are good, too. Sometimes I get to lick the chicken pan before it gets washed. I use fresh herbs to keep my teeth clean."

Mariah Tyler

Rouge

Registered Name: Celestial La Vie En Rouge

Breed: Mastif

Age: 8

Hometown: Long Island, NY

"I get the pizza crusts."

Mariah Tyler

Spring

Registered Name: International Champion Grand Champion Bronze C and M's Raining California Spring

Breed: Maltese

Age: 5

Hometown: Silicon Valley, CA

"I'm a finicky eater, but I love, love, love string cheese."

Mariah Tyler

Bobo

Registered Name: Grand Champion Avalon's First Voyage

Breed: Norfolk Terrier

Age: 4

Hometown: Exeter, RI

"Baby carrots and crisp green beans are a delicacy, as far as I'm concerned. I love sweet potatoes, homemade yogurt, and bananas, too. I even get steak or hamburger once in a while."

Mariah Tyler

Rhys

Registered Name: Blue Mountain Not On My Watch

Breed: Old English Sheepdog

Age: 3

Hometown: North Sanford, NY

"I like cottage cheese and chicken livers in my kibble. And I love eating my greens—romaine lettuce ribs and broccoli and asparagus stems."

Mariah Tyler

Gemma

Registered Name: Bur Oaks Golden Gemma of Alaric

Breed: Bull Terrier

Age: 6

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

"I'm eating a turkey meatball right now! I'd also take a sardine if you've got one."

Mariah Tyler

Sonny

Registered Name: Sketchbook I've Got Ewe

Breed: Berger Picard

Age: 5

Hometown: Columbia, MO

"I'll have chicken breast, please, grilled with a little bit of garlic."

Mariah Tyler

Button

Registered Name: Scotia Cute As A Button

Breed: Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Age: 7

Hometown: Long Island, NY

"Other than dog treats? I like bananas and cantaloupe. I'll eat a blueberry or two off of the floor."

Mariah Tyler

Sizzle

Registered Name: Champion Bedrock's Smokin' Hot

Breed: Miniature Wirehaird Dachshund

Age: (not given)

Hometown: Central New Jersey

"I have simple tastes. Chicken."

Mariah Tyler

Bonnet

Registered Name: Marbo's Sparkling Blue Bonnet

Breed: Chinese Shar-Pei

Age: (not given)

Hometown: East Haddam, CT

"I was just nibbling on an oatmeal cookie. Where'd it go?"

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show airs Monday, February 12 and Tuesday, February 13 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.