Best in Show
Following Thanksgiving dinner (if you’re American, that is), tune in with nearly 20 million other viewers to the 10th anniversary edition of The National Dog Show presented by Purina. NBC began televising the competition, a Kennel Club of Philadelphia institution since 1879, ten years ago in the slot immediately following the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Showcasing 2,000 purebred canines representing over 160 breeds, it was an instant hit.
Inspired by the surprise indie film success, Best in Show, which takes a satirical look inside the world of dog showing, The National Dog Show takes a more tongue in cheek approach to the commentary. Hosting is Seinfeld alum John O’Hurley accompanied by expert analyst (and voice of Westminster) David Frei. This year, six new AKC-approved breeds will be introduced at the show: the Entlebucher Mountain Dog, Norwegian Lundehund, Xoloitzcuintli (see page 70 for more on this breed), American English Coonhound, Cesky Terrier, and Finnish Lapphund. Tune in November 24 to see who takes Best in Breed, Best in Group, and Best in Show. For an up close look at the dogs, head to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center November 19 to watch the lead-up elimination rounds.