PHILADELPHIA – The show will continue. The National Dog Show, one of the country’s most anticipated dog shows, returns November 20-21 in Philadelphia. This year, the Kennel Club of Philadelphia implemented new protocols to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Since 2002, watching National Dog Show television has been a Thanksgiving tradition in homes across the country. This tradition will continue into 2021. Hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, the show features American Kennel Club sanctioned breeds and varieties competing for Best of Breed, First in Group, and Best Dog: Best. of the exhibition. Here’s what you need to know about the changes to this year’s National Dog Show.
1. The spectators are back: After being forced to stay at home last year, the Philadelphia Kennel Club announced that fans will be allowed to return to the Expo Center in 2021. However, only fans 13 years of age and older will be allowed to return to the Expo Center. enter, due to vaccination guidelines.
2. Vaccines required: Each participant and spectator is required to present proof of vaccination against Covid-19 to enter the Expo Center. The Kennel Club uses the CLEAR app to manage vaccine needs, but will also accept a physical vaccine card at the door with photo ID.
3. Show without bench: While the National Dog Show was one of the oldest and fewest bench shows in the United States, it will again be a benchless show in 2021, to ensure the safety of all participants. An untrained dog show enthusiast may wonder why an established distinction makes a difference. Participating dogs must remain on assigned benches when not competing, an impressive feat of discipline and character. The bench makes canine competitors accessible to all on site and allows interaction and provides an easy way to ask questions and share information.
4. The show has been on the air since 2002, but it’s been around much longer than that. The Kennel Club of Philadelphia Dog Show has been in existence since 1879 with minimal interruptions. When NBC Sports first started airing the show in 2002, it was renamed The National Dog Show. The show is one of the country’s top three dog shows, ranked with the AKC National Championship and the Westminster Dog Show. The 2021 National Dog Show airs at noon on Thanksgiving Day, immediately following the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.
5. Judges are picky, and rightly so. During the show, the judges will have seen hundreds of dogs. But what exactly are these discerning individuals looking for? The questions are tough: Is the dog capable of doing the job the breed was originally bred for? Does the dog have all the physical characteristics typical of its breed? What is the shape of the dog? Does the dog have the right gait? But wait, there’s more: The judges are also looking for happy dogs that enjoy competition so that each dog’s expression and general demeanor comes under closer scrutiny.
6. These long names may sound over the top, but they have a good reason. Gia, a greyhound, was the Best in Show 2016, but her real name is GCHS CH Grandcru Giaconda CGC. While it might sound a little crazy, there is a method to the madness of the name of the competitor.
This long and hard-to-read name reads like a history lesson in the dog’s life. The components of the dog’s name can be taken from many different places: the name of the kennel where the dog was born, notes on the dog’s qualifications or awards, and part of the name that is specific to the dog.
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