National Dog Show, one of the most prestigious dogs shows in America,
takes place every year in Philadelphia.
Following the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, 20 million viewers across America tune into the National Dog Show when it airs at noon on NBC on Thanksgiving Day in what is now a beloved holiday tradition.
The National Dog Show on TV
over 3,000 dogs in 150 different breeds, the National Dog Show
has become a big part of an American Thanksgiving
Winston, the French bulldog,
Best in Show in 2022.
This year, over 50 of the top contenders won the spotlight on NBC-TV on Thursday, November 24, 2022 at noon in
all time zones following the 2022 Macy's Thanksgiving
Day parade broadcast.
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.)
Dogs who advance earn a place in the next round to compete in their specific group -- such as Toy, Herding, Non-Sporting, Terrier, Sporting,
Hound and Working). The winner in each group then gets to compete for the top prize:
"Best in Show."
This 2022 winner? It was Winston, the French bulldog, who took top honors as Best in Show after winning over the judges and the hearts of American dog lovers nationwide.
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 the wire fox terrier has won in back-to-back years, in 2011 and 2012. Most recently, the Scottish wolfhound won in 2020 and 2021.
• 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.