The National Dog Show returns this Thursday to continue the 20-year tradition of Thanksgiving Day.
The National Dog Show began in 1879 and has been held every year since 1933, including in 2020 when most events didn’t happen amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s dog show is taking place at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa. The actual contest runs on Saturday, November 20, and Sunday, November 21, but the pre-broadcast is always on Thanksgiving.
Only 600 dogs were allowed to participate in this year’s competition, compared to the 2,000 dogs that normally enter. The American Kennel Club, which sanctioned the event, recognizes 197 different breeds that are allowed to compete.
Here’s a guide to everything you need to know about the National Dog Show 2021, including a full TV schedule and history of previous winners.
What time is the Thanksgiving 2021 dog show?
- Start time: 12:00 noon ET | 9 a.m. PT
- Channel: NBC
The National Dog Show begins right after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC. Coverage for the National Dog Show will begin around noon ET and end around 2pm ET.
David Frei and John O’Hurley will co-host as they have done for the past 20 years. Additionally, Mary Carillo will participate as analyst for the ninth time.
National Dog Show results 2021
Here are the results from the 2021 National Dog Show.
|First in the breed||Sport||–||–|
|First in the breed||Hound||–||–|
|First in the breed||Working||–||–|
|First in the breed||Terrier||–||–|
|First in the breed||Toy||–||–|
|First in the breed||Sport||–||–|
|First in the breed||Cattle herding||–||–|
|The best in the show||–||–||–|
How to live stream National Dog Show
- Live: NBCSports.com, NBC Sports App, fuboTV
NBC will stream the National Dog Show on their NBC Sports website and app. You can also access this app on Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire products.
Alternatively you can stream the National Dog Show on fuboTV, offers a seven-day free trial.
What is the National Dog Show?
The National Dog Show is an annual competition held on Thanksgiving Day by the American Kennel Club. 197 different breeds are allowed to participate, but not all breeds appear every year.
There are three different titles the dogs can win in the competition. In the first round, dogs of the same breed compete against each other to determine how well each dog fits the breed’s standards. The winners of this round become “Best of the Breed”, and these dogs continue to the second round.
In round two, the winning dogs from round one were dispersed into seven different groups: athletic, hunting, working, hunting, toy, non-sporting and herding. The dogs are judged here on how well they fit the standards of their breed. A “First of the Breed” winner is named from each group. The winning dogs will advance to the final round, which is “Best in Show.” The dog that wins this final round will become the main winner of the National Dog Show.
History of the National Dog Show on Thanksgiving
The National Dog Show began in 1879 and was first known as “The Philadelphia Dog Show’s Kennel Club.” The name changed to its present day in 2002, which is the year NBC began broadcasting the event on Thanksgiving Day. The National Dog Show always takes place in Philadelphia.
It is the most watched dog show every year, bringing in nearly 20 million viewers each Thanksgiving.
National Dog Show Winner
This is the list of National Dog Show winners since NBC began airing the show in 2002.
|Year 2020||Claire||Scottish Hound|
|2019||God of thunder||Bull dog|
|two thousand and thirteen||gem||American Foxhound|
|2012||Sky||Wire Fox Terrier|
|2011||Eira||Wire Fox Terrier|
|2005||Rufus||Color Bull Terrier|
|2004||Spend. Aimhi Avalon Renaissance||Smooth Fox Terrier|
|2003||Ch. Blue Chip Purple Reign||Doberman|
|2002||Ch. Ale Kai Mikimoto on Thursday||Standard Poodle|