Can you believe it’s already that special time of year? Time for food, family and favorite dog breeds. Well, it’s time for the 2021 National Dog Show, of course. We wait all year for these beautiful breeds to spruce up our TV screens, but maybe this year there is more anticipation than in the past.
Last year, due to restrictions related to the pandemic, the national dog show was held without spectators, vendors or the media. The competition was even reduced from the nearly 2,000 dogs who usually compete to just 600. The stadium was empty and it just wasn’t the same experience. But this year the competition is back and better than ever.
There is even a new breed being considered for the great honor of “Best in Show” this year. The Biewer Terrier is competing for the first time. Known to be super friendly, healthy and absolutely adorable, the Biewer Terrier (pronounced as “beaver”) will compete in the toy group. These little puppies are a direct descendant of Yorkshire Terrier, and will weigh only four to eight pounds when ripe. The two small breeds look pretty similar, but an easy way to tell the difference between a Yorkie and a Biewer is to look at their tails. A Biewer Terrier will have a full tail that feathered across its back, unlike a Yorkie.
How can I watch the dog show?
If you live near the Philadelphia area or want to travel there, this year you can watch it live. At the time of writing, tickets are still available to watch the show in person at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center on the weekend of November 20-21. Each day is a separate and distinct dog show with breed, group and best judgment from the show, but it’s the 20’s show that will air on national television. Proof of vaccination will be required, so children under 12 will not be allowed entry. If you have already purchased a ticket for the event, but are no longer able to attend due to their vaccination policy, you can request a refund.
But if you plan to log in from your living room, you can watch the two-hour broadcast during its traditional Thanksgiving time slot. The dog show will air at noon on November 25 in all time zones, right after Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. You can also expect to hear the cathartic voices of customary commentators Mary Carillo, David Frei and John O’Hurley during the dog competition.
How does a dog win?
Interestingly, dogs do technically compete with each other. At every stage of the show, they rival the written standards of their breed. First of all, they start in groups with all dogs of the same breed. Once they win against them, they move on to be evaluated in one of seven groups: Athletic, Dog, Job, Terrier, Toy, Non-athletic, and Breeding. Once they win against their group, they move on to compete for the best of the show. Last year it was Claire, a three year old girl Scottish Deerhound who won the title.
Which breed do you hope to win the title of “best in show” this year? Do you like poodles? Rooting for Rottweilers? Favor the Fox Terrier? Tell us in the comments below. We are dying to know the details.
H / T: dailypaws.com
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