The Kennel Club of Philadelphia will hold two benched, all-breed dog shows on Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks, Pa., just 15 miles outside of Philadelphia. This four-day weekend begins Thursday with the Penn Treaty Kennel Club, and the Greater Philadelphia Dog Fanciers Association is held on Friday. The competition on Saturday will consist of conformation, and Sunday will be agility. Total entries for the weekend will be about 4,800.
The National Dog Show, which helps raise money for a variety of canine causes, has been broadcasted on Thanksgiving Day on NBC for the past 11 years. This year it will air after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from noon to 2pm in all time zones and is expected to attract almost 20 million viewers. Announcers are Wayne Ferguson, president of the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, David Frei, director of communications and co-host of the USA Network’s coverage of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, and actor John O’Hurley, who is best known for his work on Seinfeld. The sideline reporter will be Mary Carillo, Olympics correspondent.
An estimated 2,000 dogs will compete for Best of Breed, First in Group and Best in Show. The public can buy tickets to the show ($14 for adults and $7 for children under 12). Because the National Dog Show is a benched show (only one of six remaining in the country), the public will be able to meet the dogs backstage and learn about the breeds.
The nation will see two new breeds this year: the Russell Terrier (Terrier Group) and Treeing Walker Coonhound (Hound Group).
See additional footage and photos from the show on the NBC Sports website.