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The National Dog Show will be broadcast on NBC directly after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, November 28. Over 2,000 dogs from 193 breeds compete for the title of Best in Show.

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In 2002, a new annual tradition was added to Thanksgiving. In addition to turkey, football and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, there’s now also the National Dog Show.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 28

Time: Noon-2 p.m. ET


Airing directly after the parade, the Thanksgiving dog show coverage will again feature some of the top competitors from the event. The show is sanctioned by the American Kennel Club and hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, taking place at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa.

The National Dog Show is part of the sport’s U.S. Triple Crown, along with the Westminster Dog Show and the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.

What’s the best part of Thanksgiving? For some, it’s the feast. For others, it’s marathon football games. But for the dog lovers of the world, the definite answer is an annual viewing of the National Dog Show. According to the show’s official website, the two-hour special is the most widely viewed dog show in America.

The National Dog Show’s massive popularity should come as no surprise. After all, when else can 20 million viewers simultaneously bask in the glory of a Havanese terrier strutting across a stage, hair streaming in the wind? Or admire the stateliness of a whippet, like Whiskey, the winner of the 2018 competition?

That’s just the start: Over 2,000 American Kennel Club sanctioned dogs from a record 195 breeds and varieties will compete for the titles of Best in Show this year. For the uninitiated, here’s how to make enthusiastically cheering for dogs a part of your Thanksgiving tradition.

There are 205 breeds and varieties of dogs recognized by the American Kennel Club. And although they won’t all be represented at this year’s National Dog Show, a large number of them will be.

In the first round, dogs compete against others of the same breed, with the victor earning the title of Best in Breed. Each of those winners then moves on to the next round, which is the group stage.

In that round, the breeds are divided into seven groups—sporting, hound, working, terrier, toy, non-sporting and herding. The winner of each group, which earns First in Breed, goes on to compete in the final round, which determines the overall Best in Show winner.

The NBC coverage of the National Dog Show on Thanksgiving will feature that final round, in which the top contenders will compete for Best in Show.

Last year, the Best in Show winner was a whippet named Whiskey. The whippet competes in the hound group and is a quick, fast breed of dog.

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