Thanksgiving — family, friends, turkey and … the National Dog Show Presented by Purina on TV. We dog lovers know a good annual family tradition when we see one. Wondering about this year’s show? We’ve got all the facts, given to us by the lovely folks at the National Dog Show. So just like your Thanksgiving meal, dig right on in.
When does the actual live National Dog Show take place and where?
The National Dog Show takes place at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania, on November 19 and 20, 2022.
How do I watch the National Dog Show on television?
NBC tapes it for us on November 19 for the Thanksgiving Day two-hour special. Fun fact: the televised event attracts a total audience of more than 20 million viewers each year.
What time is the National Dog Show televised on Thanksgiving?
The National Dog Show will be televised nationally on NBC from noon-2 p.m. in all time zones following the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
What edition is it this year?
This 2022 edition is the 21st National Dog Show Presented by Purina. It has become a family holiday tradition as it enters its third decade.
Who hosts the National Dog Show televised on Thanksgiving?
John O’Hurley and David Frei are back again, having hosted the show since its inception in 2002. Their relationship with a generation of viewers has made them an important presence in the lives of millions. John handles the play-by-play with David providing expert analysis.
John is best known as J. Peterman on TV’s iconic sitcom Seinfeld (now on Netflix). He’s also a dog lover, actor, writer and Broadway musical star.
David is the former 27-year face and voice of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and one of America’s foremost authorities on all-things canine.
Returning again this year is Mary Carillo, the Hall-of-Fame TV journalist, Olympics anchor and tennis commentator. She’ll be reporting from the backstage benching area with features and interviews.
Any kind of other awards ceremony taking place during this year’s show?
The Dogs Best Friend Award will be presented this year to world-renowned sculptor, Susan Bahary, famous for her work showcasing the animal-human bond. Susan is spearheading an initiative to establish a National Service Animal Monument (NSAM) that is now moving toward congressional approval. The Kennel Club of Philadelphia will be making a $5,000 donation to the cause in conjunction with the award.
Who were the winners of the National Dog Show Presented by Purina for the past five years?
• 2021: GCH Foxcliffe Claire Randall Fraser (a.k.a Claire, the Scottish Deerhound)
• 2020: GCH Foxcliffe Claire Randall Fraser (a.k.a Claire, the Scottish Deerhound)
• 2019: GCHG Diamond Gold Majesu Pisko Bulls (a.k.a. Thor, the English Bulldog)
• 2018: GCHP Pinnacle Tennessee Whiskey (a.k.a. Whiskey, the Whippet)
• 2017: Ch. Somerset Wynzall Hashtag (a.k.a. Newton, the Brussels Griffon)
What breed has won the National Dog Show the most?
Any favorites for this year’s National Dog Show?
We have a lot of entries in the top 20, and they are going to have great challenges in their breed competition, especially among the French Bulldogs, English Toy Spaniels, German Shepherd Dogs, Afghan Hounds and more.
Any new breeds to be introduced to the National Show Dog competition this year?
There are three new breeds that will be introduced to Thanksgiving Day viewers across America during the show this year. They are: Russian Toy, Mudi and the Bracco Italiano.