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
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.
Claire, the Scottish Wolfhound,
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.