National Dog Show

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National Dog Show
Also known asThe National Dog Show Presented by Purina
Genre Dog show
Created byKennel Club of Philadelphia (KCP)
Presented by John O'Hurley
David Frei
JudgesFrank DePaulo (Show Chairman & Judge)
Country of originUnited States
Production location(s) Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks in Oaks, Pennsylvania
Running time2 hours
Distributor NBC Sports Productions
Original network NBC
Original releaseNovember 2002;17 years ago (2002-11)
External links
The Kennel Club of Philadelphia Dog Show
The National Dog Show Presented by Purina

The National Dog Show is an all-breed benched conformation show sanctioned by the American Kennel Club and the Kennel Club of Philadelphia.



The Kennel Club of Philadelphia Dog Show has been ongoing since 1879 with its only interruption being the Great Depression from 1928 through 1932. [1] The show is held by The Kennel Club of Philadelphia, a founding club of AKC. It traditionally takes place on the third from last weekend in November over two days. In 2002, NBC Sports began televising the show on Thanksgiving Day and rebranded it as The National Dog Show. [2]

The National Dog Show is one of the three major dog shows in the United States, along with the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship and the Westminster Dog Show. Winners may be invited to compete at Crufts. As with all AKC conformation shows, mixed-breed dogs are not eligible to participate.

The NDS is one of the last six remaining benched dog shows in the United States. [3] [4]

Television history

The show is nationally televised (on tape delay) in the United States on NBC every Thanksgiving; the show airs after the network's coverage of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and airs at noon in all time zones. Actor John O'Hurley and American Kennel Club judge David Frei host, and the show's presenting sponsor is Nestlé Purina PetCare. [5]


Previous Best in Show winners

YearBreedNameCall NameOwner/TrainerReference
2001 Labrador Retriever Gustavus BradyGus
2002 Standard Poodle Ale Kai Mikimoto On FifthMikiKaren LeFrak
2003 Doberman Blue Chip Purple ReignRaisin
2004 Smooth Fox Terrier Aimhi Avalon RenaissanceGracie [6]
2005 Colored Bull Terrier Rocky Top's Sundance Kid RufusBarbara Bishop [7]
2006 Toy Poodle Smash JP Win A VictoryVikkiKaz Hosaka [6]
2007 Australian Shepherd Buff Cap Creslane Arctic MistSwizzleNancy Gagnon [8]
2008 Pointer Cookieland Seasyde HollyberryHollySean & Tammy McCarthy [9]
2009 Scottish Terrier Ch. Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot SadieAmelia Musser [6]
2010 Irish Setter Windntide Mr. SandmanClooneyPeter Kubacz [10]
2011 Wire Fox Terrier GCH Steele Your HeartEiraGabriel Rangel [11]
2012 Wire Fox Terrier Afterall Painting the SkySkyGabriel Rangel [12]
2013 American Foxhound Gch. Kiarry's Pandora's BoxJewelLisa Miller [13]
2014 Bloodhound Flessner's International S’cessNathanHeather Helmer [14]
2015 Skye Terrier GCH CH Cragsmoor Good Time CharlieCharlie [15]
2016 Greyhound GCHS CH Grandcru Giaconda CGCGiaMelanie Steele [16]
2017 Brussels Griffon GCH Somerset Wynzall HashtagNewtonKeith Jacobson [17]
2018 Whippet GCHG Pinnacle Tennessee WhiskeyWhiskeyJustin Smithey [18]
2019 Bulldog GCHG Diamond Gold Majesu Pisko BullsThorEduardo Paris [19] [20]

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