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The National Dog Show Presented by Purina
The National Dog Show Presented by Purina


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NBC will ring in the 20th year of celebrating man's best friend with the family-favorite holiday special "The National Dog Show Presented by Purina," airing Thanksgiving Day (12-2 p.m. in all time zones), November 25, following the telecast of NBC's Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

"The National Dog Show Presented by Purina," will be hosted by award-winning TV personality, author and Broadway star John O'Hurley ("Seinfeld," "Dancing with the Stars") and expert analyst and American Kennel Club-licensed judge David Frei, who is one of America's foremost authorities on the sport. NBC correspondent and sports broadcasting Hall of Famer Mary Carillo will report from backstage and inside the show ring.  

A new American Kennel Club-sanctioned breed will be introduced to a national audience in this year’s competition, bringing the total recognized breeds to 209. Arriving for the event is the Biewer Terrier (toy group), an elegant and athletic toy terrier whose only purpose in life is to love and be loved. They maintain a charming, whimsical attitude and are dedicated, loyal family members and friendly with strangers. Since the first "National Dog Show" broadcast in 2002, 50 new breeds have been introduced to the event.  

Last year, a graceful Scottish Deerhound named Claire took home the Best in Show title. The 3-year-old third-generation champion hound was deemed top dog among the seven group winners.   

"The National Dog Show Presented by Purina," is a beloved holiday tradition for families across the nation. Across its 19-year run to date on NBC, the telecast has reached over 15 million viewers each Thanksgiving Day.  


Day & Time
Thursday, November 25, 2021, at 12 p.m. in all time zones

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