Thanksgiving — family, friends, turkey and… the National Dog Show presented by Purina on television. We dog lovers know a good annual family tradition when we see one. Wondering about this year’s show? We have all the facts, given to us by the lovely folks at the National Dog Show. So just like your Thanksgiving meal, keep eating.
When is the national live dog show and where?
The National Dog Show takes place at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania on November 19-20, 2022.
How to watch the National Dog Show on TV?
NBC is taping it for us on Nov. 19 for the two-hour Thanksgiving Day special. Fun fact: the televised event attracts a total audience of over 20 million viewers each year.
What time is the National Dog Show televised on Thanksgiving?
The National Dog Show will be nationally televised on NBC from noon to 2 p.m. in all time zones following the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Which edition is it this year?
This 2022 edition is the 21st national dog show presented by Purina. It has become a family vacation tradition as it enters its third decade.
Who hosts the televised National Dog Show on Thanksgiving?
John O’Hurley and David Frei return, having hosted the show since its inception in 2002. Their relationship with a generation of viewers has made them a significant presence in the lives of millions. John handles play-by-play with David providing expert analysis.
John is best known as J. Peterman in the iconic television sitcom Seinfeld (now on Netflix). He’s also a dog lover, actor, writer, and Broadway musical star.
David is the 27-year-old former face and voice of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and one of America’s foremost authorities on all things canine.
Returning this year is Mary Carillo, Hall of Fame TV reporter, Olympics presenter and tennis commentator. She will report on the bench area behind the scenes with reports and interviews.
Will another award ceremony be held during this year’s show?
This year’s Dogs Best Friend Award will go 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 heading towards congressional approval. The Kennel Club of Philadelphia will donate $5,000 to the cause in conjunction with the award.
Who have been the winners of the National Dog Show presented by Purina for the past five years?
• 2021: GCH Foxcliffe Claire Randall Fraser (aka Claire, the Scottish Greyhound)
• 2020: GCH Foxcliffe Claire Randall Fraser (aka Claire, the Scottish Greyhound)
• 2019: GCHG Diamond Gold Majesu Pisko Bulls (aka Thor, the English Bulldog)
• 2018: GCHP Pinnacle Tennessee Whiskey (aka Whisky, the Whippet)
• 2017: Ch. Somerset Wynzall Hashtag (aka Newton, the Brussels Griffon)
Which breed has won the national dog show the most?
Any favorites for this year’s national dog show?
We have plenty of entries in the top 20, and they are going to have great challenges in their breed competition, especially among French Bulldogs, English Spaniels, German Shepherd Dogs, Afghan Hounds and more.
Are there 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 Bracco Italiano.