The 2021 National Dog Show will return on Thursday to mark the 20th anniversary of Thanksgiving.
The National Dog Show started in 1879, and has been running every year since 1933, including 2020 when most of the events did not take place within the COVID-19 epidemic. This year’s dog show is taking place at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa. The real competition took place on Saturday, Nov. 20 and Sunday, Nov. 21, but the original broadcast is always shown on Thanksgiving.
Only 600 dogs are allowed to compete this year, compared to the 2,000 regular participants. The American Kennel Club, which sponsors the event, recognizes 197 breeds of dogs that are allowed to compete.
Here is a guide for everything you need to know about the 2021 National Dog Show, including the entire TV list and history of previous winners.
What time is the dog show on Thanksgiving 2021?
- Start time: 12:00 pm ET | 9am PT
- TV: NBC
The National Dog Show kicks off soon following Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC. The National Dog Show broadcast will begin at noon ET and end at approximately 2pm ET.
David Frei and John O’Hurley have participated in the show as they did 20 years ago. In addition, Mary Carillo participated in as the ninth analyst.
Results of the National Dog Show 2021
Here are the results for the 2021 National Dog Show.
|First in Breed||Games||–||–|
|First in Breed||Hound||–||–|
|First in Breed||Working||–||–|
|First in Breed||Terrier||–||–|
|First in Breed||Doll||–||–|
|First in Breed||Games||–||–|
|First in Breed||Waiting||–||–|
|Best on the Show||–||–||–|
How to stay and watch the National Dog Show
- Live stream: NBCSports.com, NBC Sports App, fuboTV
NBC will be hosting the National Dog Show on their NBC Sports program and website. You can connect the app to Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire items.
Additionally, you can watch the National Dog Show on fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.
What is a National Dog Show?
The National Dog Show is an annual competition held on Thanksgiving Day by the American Kennel Club. 197 breeds of dogs are allowed to participate, but not every breed is seen every year.
There are three different titles that dogs can win in a race. In the first section, dogs of the same species compete to determine how each dog meets certain breed standards. The winners of this line are “Best in Breed,” and these dogs last up to two.
In the second category, the successful dogs from the first round are scattered into seven different categories: play, hound, work, terrier, toy, non-sport and herding. Dogs are judged here based on their breed. The winner of the “First in Breed” is named after each category. The winning dogs advance to the final, which is “Best in Show.” Every dog that wins the final race becomes the overall winner at the National Dog Show.
History of the National Dog Show on Thanksgiving
The National Dog Show began in 1879 and became known as the “Kennel Club of the Philadelphia Dog Show.” The name changed to the way it is today in 2002, which is the year NBC first aired the event on Thanksgiving. The National Dog Show has been held in Philadelphia.
It is the most frequently seen dog show every year, bringing in about 20 million people every Thanksgiving.
Winners of the National Dog Show
Here is a list of the winners of the National Dog Show since NBC first aired the show in 2002.
|2015||Charlie||Images of Skye Terrier|
|2013||Precious stone||American Foxhound|
|2012||Heaven||Wire Fox Terrier|
|2011||Snow||Wire Fox Terrier|
|2004||Chi. Aimhi Avalon Renaissance||Smooth Fox Terrier|
|2003||Ch. Blue Chip Purple Authority||Doberman|
|2002||Ch. Ale Kai Mikimoto in the snow||Standard Poodle|