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National Dog ShowThe National Dog Show, one of the most prestigious dogs shows in America, takes place every year in Philadelphia.

In what is now a holiday tradition, 20 million viewers across America tune into the National Dog Show every year when it airs at noon on NBC on Thanksgiving Day.

The National Dog Show on TV

Featuring over 3,000 dogs in 150 different breeds, the National Dog Show has become a part of the Thanksgiving Day tradition. This year, 50 of the top contenders will be in the spotlight on NBC-TV on Thursday, November 25, 2021 at noon in all time zones following the 2021 Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade broadcast.

National Dog Show Best in Show Claire, the Scottish Wolfhound,
won Best in Show in 2020.

Last year's winner? It was Claire, the Scottish Deerhound who took the crown with top honor of Best in Show at the 2020 National Dog Show.

Traditionally, dogs who are entered in the National Dog Show are judged in groups beginning with the type of breed (such as Irish Setter, Golden Retriever, Poodle.)

Next, the winning dogs earn a place in the next round to compete with all other dogs within their specific group -- such as Toy, Herding, Non-Sporting, Terrier, Sporting, Hound and Working) -- all leading up to picking the top dog as "Best in Show."

DID YOU KNOW? National Dog Show fun facts

National Dog Show standout: the wire fox terrier.

• Dating back to 1879. the Kennel Club of Philadelphia Dog Show was renamed the National Dog Show in 2002 when NBC began its first coast-to-coast broadcast.

• Among the outstanding winning breeds since 2002, only the wire fox terrier has won in back-to-back years, in 2011 and 2012.

• At the National Dog Show, the top prize comes with a check for around $1,500.

• The National Dog Show is one of the few remaining benched shows in the United States. That means show dogs are required to remain on assigned benches to 'meet-and-greet' the public when not in competition. In true show biz fashion, benched shows require extra stamina and good-natured discipline from all its canine competitors.

• While the show certainly seems like it's live from Philadelphia, the National Dog Show traditionally takes place in mid-November for later broadcast on Thanksgiving Day.

also see -> Crufts Dog Show | Westminster Dog Show

More about the National Dog Show around the Web:

On the Web, find out more about the National Dog Show with facts and info on the this year's competition, show background history, and a bit of trivia behind choosing America's best dog...


NBC Sports - The National Dog Show
- Check out comprehensive coverage from the official TV sponsor including news, updates, video reports and photo galleries.

Kennel Club of Philadelphia - The official home to hosts of the National Dog Show with a great presentation on other sponsored shows throughout the year, kid's page, show photos, related links.

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