Nathan, is a playful Bloodhound whose stadium ring antics won over the crowd. A top-tier showdog, Nathan won the Hound Group at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show earlier this year and now has 24 Best In Shows. The top-ranked hound in America, Nathan is now among the favorites to add the Westminster Best In Show title to his resume this coming February.
For its annual TV special “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina,” NBC records the judging, examination and walk of all breeds and varieties competing in the annual event so that dog lovers and aficionados can get a close-up look at their breeds of interest.
The exclusive video generates heavy interest from enthusiasts around the world with a total of 186 breeds and varieties featured with backdrop audio of the breed description from PA announcer Wayne Ferguson, President of the Kennel Club of Philadelphia.
NBCSports.com also includes highlights from the TV special, behind-the-scenes photos and video, capturing all the backstage canine energy of one of only three remaining “benched” shows at which dogs and handlers are on hand all day to interact with the public.
The two-hour special aired on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, following the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for the 15th straight year. It annually attracts a total audience of more than 20 million people as America’s most prominent and widely-viewed showcase for the sport.
The Brussels Griffon has won Best in Show at the 2017 National Dog Show.
Newton, who is a red-rough variety of Brussels Griffon, won the Toy Group first and then beat the Portuguese Water Dog for the top honor.
“He just has marvelous breed type and attitude. He has the whole package,” said handler Susan Depew.
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