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National Dog Show

National Dog Show

  • Premiered: 
    November 28, 2002
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  • Network: NBC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Award
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Animal
  • Tags: dog show

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Plot Synopsis

Each year on Thanksgiving Day since 2002, NBC has broadcast the NATIONAL DOG SHOW, which is a dog show sponsored by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia held earlier in November. As one of only five remaining "benched" dog shows, all of the competing breeds are on display all day for the visiting public.
Actor John O'Hurley and expert analyst David Frei return to host the 19th Annual NATIONAL DOG SHOW, televised by NBC on Thanksgiving Day 2020 (Thursday, November 26) from Noon-2pm in all time zones, followed by an encore presentation the same night at 8pm ET/PT (replacing the canceled NFL game). For the 2020 event, Mary Carillo also offers her insights during the telecast.

The Kennel Club of Philadelphia once again holds its annual all-breed dog show in November in Oaks, PA. With full attention being given to state and local health and safety issues for activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, and under the approving guidance of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners and the Montgomery County Department of Health, the club stages a single, two-day show on Nov. 14-15 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.

Three new breeds are on hand at the show for the first time this year, making a total of 207 breeds and varieties sanctioned by the American Kennel Club (AKC). The Barbet (Sporting Group) is a water dog from France with a long, sweeping tail, a dense coat of curly hair and a distinctive beard. He's an agile athlete with a bright, friendly nature. The Dogo Argentino (Working Group) is a strong and intelligent hunting dog from Argentina, originally bred to hunt big game such as boar and mountain lion. He has a short white coat and expressive face. The Belgian Laekenois (Herding Group), like its three close Belgian relatives (Belgian Malinois, Belgian Sheepdog, Belgian Tervuren), was originally used in police work. They all still do some police work but are best known as athletic, hardworking herding dogs. The Laekenois separates itself with its different coat color and texture, and a different region of origin.


Other Titles

  • Also known as The National Dog Show Presented by Purina


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