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What to Expect


See over 2,000 of the top American Kennel Club sanctioned dogs from across the country. 205 breeds and varieties are eligible to compete for best of Breed, First in Group and the coveted title of Best in Show. Each day brings different competitions and attractions.

Saturday is The National Dog Show Presented by Purina, taped for telecast nationwide on Thanksgiving Day by NBC. It is the most widely viewed dog show in America.

Sunday’s show offers more canine competitions, enhanced athletic dog exhibitions plus family-friendly activities and hands-on fun.

Please understand: Strollers are not allowed at the dog show. Also, you cannot bring your dog to the show. Thank You.

The National Dog Show Presented by Purina

The National Dog Show Presented by Purina is broadcasted nationwide in high definition on NBC on Thanksgiving Day immediately following the Macy’s Parade, reaching an audience of nearly 20 million viewers. This two hour family entertainment special has become a major event in the dog show world and is rapidly becoming an important American holiday tradition.

The show is hosted by John O’Hurley, former Seinfeld star, winner of Dancing with the Stars, and purebred owner, along with Mary Carillo, and with expert commentary by David Frei, the “dean of dog show commentators.”

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