National Dog Show Presented By Purina Set For 15th Annual Special On NBC Following Macy’s Parade

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NEW YORK, Nov. 22, 2016 – NBC’s Thanksgiving Day special, “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina®,” will crown one of America’s great purebreds as its 2016 champion on Thanksgiving Day, bringing canine competition and family entertainment to America’s viewers for the 15th year.

The holiday special (noon-2 p.m. in all time zones) follows the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® on NBC and is watched annually by a total of more than 20 million viewers. Over 180 breeds vie for Best in Show honors in the tradition-rich Kennel Club of Philadelphia competition. An encore presentation airs on NBC in primetime on Saturday, November 26, from 8-10 p.m. ET.

The TV special is a celebration of man’s best friend, hosted by beloved TV personality John O’Hurley and expert analyst David Frei, who have been together since the launch of the popular holiday special in 2002. Mary Carillo will report from the backstage benching area as the dogs prepare to compete and former Olympic figure skaters Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski will also lend their distinctive presence.

The show’s popularity over the past decade and one-half is a tribute to the dogs in our lives and its time slot following the Macy’s Parade from noon-2 p.m. in all time zones, before football viewing takes over the day.

The National Dog Show boasts a powerful digital presence at NBCSports.com and on the NBC Sports app that includes a live stream of the entire NBC Thanksgiving Day show, featuring all seven group competition videos and Best in Show.  Because of heavy interest from breed enthusiasts around the world, the NBC Sports digital platforms offer an exclusive look at the walks and judging of every breed-winning canine.  The online video will include highlights from the TV special, behind-the-scenes photos and video, capturing all the backstage canine energy. It will be available on desktop, tablets and smart phones.  The two-hour special’s unique content is facilitated by the “benched” format of the event, one of only three remaining shows in which the dogs are on display all day for the public.

The show will feature two vignettes that highlight Purina’s new #dogthanking initiative to thank the four-legged friends who make our lives so special. Now through Nov. 27, Purina invites dog owners to log on to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tell the world why they are so thankful for their dog and how they thank their pooch.  For every original post that includes @Purina and #DogThanking, Purina will donate one dollar to the AKC Canine Health Foundation – up to $50,000– to help further pet health research.  Submitted videos, photos and posts may be shown during the National Dog Show broadcast.

National Dog Show Month starts in October

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The Kennel Club of Philadelphia has finalized dates for this year’s National Dog Show Month in Philadelphia, the Delaware Valley’s annual canine extravaganza culminating in two all-breed dog shows to be held on Saturday and Sunday, November 18 – 19, 2017 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks (Saturday’s show is the National Dog Show presented by Purina® aired nationally on Thanksgiving Day).

NB: Please consider for calendar listings and things-to-do items for notes, round-ups or other news content. Further information is available at NationalDogShow.com or (610) 644-2902 or email: Steve Griffith at sgriffith@viziongroup.net.

*** FACTS ***

 The National Dog Show on November 18 – 19, 2017 is one of only three shows in the United States that is “benched,” meaning that all dogs (estimated 2,000) from among some 200 breeds are located all day long in specific areas to interact with the public. 

Tickets are $16 for adults, $7 for children 4-12 years. Children three and under are admitted free.*  Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave, Oaks, PA

 * Temple University research shows that the average family spends three and one-half hours at the show, making the National Dog Show one of the best entertainment values in the region.

 

***  EVENTS  ***

 National Dog Show Charity Walk

Sunday October 15, 9 a.m. – Noon.

Wilson Farm Park, 500 Lee Road, Wayne, PA.

  • Kicks off National Dog Show Month in Philadelphia.

National Dog Show Art Exhibit

Friday October 27, 6-8 p.m.

Saturday October 28, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Sunday October 29, noon-4 p.m.

Exhibit B Gallery, 105 N Main St., Souderton, Pennsylvania, PA.

  • Features the works of Delaware Valley artists depicting man’s best friend.

National Dog Show Press Preview

Thursday November 9, starting at 11 a.m.

Petplan Pet Insurance, 3805 West Chester Pike, Suite 240, Newtown Square, PA.

  • New Breeds, NDS Therapy Dog Ambassador Team and more.
  • Petplan will provide lunch and gift bags, and will make donations to Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House for everyone who takes a ride down its two-story, indoor sliding board.

The Perfect Dog Theatrical Production

Friday November 10, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday November 11, 7:00 p.m.

Sunday November 12, 2:00 p.m.

Thursday November 16, 7:00 p.m. with special guest John O’Hurley 

Footlighters Theater, 58 Main Avenue, Berwyn, PA.

  • Children’s musical inspired by John O’Hurley book. B Sharp Productions is the producer.

National Dog Show Gala

Friday November 17, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Valley Forge Casino, 1160 First Avenue, King of Prussia, PA.

  • Benefitting Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society and Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation.
  • Special Performance by John O’Hurley from his one-man show, “A Man with Standards”

Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s National Dog Shows

 Saturday & Sunday, November 18-19, All Day

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA.

  • Features dogs from some 200 breeds plus agility dogs, search and rescue dogs, diving dogs in daytime competition and demonstrations as part of the century-old Philadelphia tradition.
  • Saturday’s show is the National Dog Show presented by Purina® aired nationally on Thanksgiving Day from noon – 2 p.m.

Full list of breeds at 2017 Beverly Hills Dog Show

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Missed your favorite dog at the Beverly Hills Dog Show?

Don’t worry, we’ve got all of the dog breeds sorted by group below.

(If you want to watch all the breeds compete in one group, just click on the respective group, which will take you to all of the competitors in one group.)

Terrier Group

Airedale Terrier

Irish Terrier

Welsh Terrier

Lakeland Terrier

Wire Fox Terrier

Smooth Fox Terrier

Parson Russell Terrier

Russell Terrier

Border Terrier

Kerry Blue Terrier

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Bedlington Terrier

Manchester Terrier (Std)

Rat Terrier

American Hairless Terrier

Miniature Schnauzer

Australian Terrier

Cairn Terrier

Scottish Terrier

Cesky Terrier

West Highland White Terrier

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Glen of Imaal Terrier

American Staffordshire Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Miniature Bull Terrier

Norfolk Terrier

Norwich Terrier

Herding Group

 

German Shepherd Dog

Belgian Sheepdog

Belgian Tervuren

Briard

Collie (Rough)

Collie (Smooth)

Shetland Sheepdog

Australian Shepherd

Miniature American Shepherd

Border Collie

Bearded Collie

Old English Sheepdog

Polish Lowland Sheepdog

Pumi

Australian Cattle Dog

Bouvier des Flandres

Entlebucher Mountain Dog

Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Non-Sporting Group

Poodle (Standard)

Poodle (Miniature)

Bichon Frise

Coton de Tulear

Dalmatian

Xoloitzcuintli

Keeshond

Shiba Inu

Lhasa Apso

Tibetan Terrier

French Bulldog

Bulldog

Chinese Shar-Pei

Chow Chow

Hound Group:

Afghan Hound

Saluki

Ibizan Hound

Pharaoh Hound

Greyhound

Whippet

Borzoi

Irish Wolfhound

Harrier

Beagle (15 inch)

Beagle (13 inch)

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Norwegian Elkhound

Basenji

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno

Black & Tan Coonhound

Bluetick Coonhound

Redbone Coonhound

Treeing Walker Coonhound

Bloodhound

Basset Hound

Dachshund (Smooth)

Dachshund (Longhaired)

Dachshund (Wirehaired)

Toy Group:

Italian Greyhound

Chinese Crested

Toy Poodle

Pomeranian

Smooth Coat Chihuahua

Long Coat Chihuahua

Miniature Pinscher

Toy Manchester Terrier

Havanese

Maltese

Shih Tzu

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

English Toy Spaniel (B&PC)

English Toy Spaniel (KC&R)

Japanese Chin

Papillon

Silky Terrier

Affenpinscher

Pug

Pekingese

Working Group

Doberman Pinscher

German Pinscher

Black Russian Terrier

Giant Schnauzer

Standard Schnauzer

Rottweiler

Bernese Mountain Dog

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Alaskan Malamute

Siberian Husky

Samoyed

Akita

Boxer

Great Dane

Bullmastiff

Mastiff

Tibetan Mastiff

Cane Corso

Dogue de Bordeaux

Portuguese Water Dog

Newfoundland

Leonberger

Saint Bernard

Great Pyrenees

Kuvasz

Anatolian Shepherd Dog

Sporting Group:

English Setter

Gordon Setter

Irish Setter

Irish Red & White Setter

Pointer

German Shorthaired Pointer

Weimaraner

Vizsla

Wirehaired Vizsla

Brittany

German Wirehaired Pointer

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Lagotto Romagnolo

Spinone Italiano

Flat-Coated Retriever

Golden Retriever

Labrador Retriever

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Irish Water Spaniel

English Springer Spaniel

Welsh Springer Spaniel

Field Spaniel

Clumber Spaniel

Sussex Spaniel

English Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniel (ASCOB)

Cocker Spaniel (Parti-Color)

Cocker Spaniel (Black)