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National Dog Show and Two New Breeds

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

The NBC Thanksgiving Day special, “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina®,” will crown one of America’s great purebreds as its 2012 champion on Thanksgiving Day, bringing canine competition and entertainment into America’s living rooms for the 11th year.

The holiday special (noon – 2 p.m. in all time zones) follows the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC and is watched annually by a total of almost 20 million viewers. Over 170 breeds vie for “Best in Show” honors in the tradition-rich Kennel Club of Philadelphia competition. An encore presentation will air on NBC in primetime on Friday from 8-10 p.m. ET.

“Families now know to find the National Dog Show Presented by Purina on Thanksgiving Day at noon following the Macy’s Parade,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. “With the encore presentation Friday night, these great dogs get to show their stuff in primetime.”

The special is a celebration of America’s fascination with man’s best friend, hosted by John O’Hurley, the “Seinfeld” ensemble actor (catalogue king J. Peterman) and ultimate champion on ABC’s inaugural “Dancing With The Stars.” O’Hurley is joined by expert analyst David Frei, who is the voice of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on USA Network and America’s foremost authority on the sport.

The National Dog Show also boasts a powerful online presence at and at Because of heavy interest from breed enthusiasts around the world, those platforms offer a look at every dog in the group competition, featuring the walks, examination and judging of all the breed-winning canines. The online video will include extensive highlights from the TV special and video from the 10 Best In Show winners who were crowned on Thanksgiving Day over the event’s first decade. The sites will also feature behind the scenes photos and video, capturing all of the backstage energy generated by 1,500-plus eager canines.

Unlike traditional dog show coverage, the two-hour special’s unique content is facilitated by the open format of the event, one of only five remaining “benched” shows in which the dogs are on display all day for the visiting public.

The show will spotlight two new AKC-recognized breeds, both of which will be making their major-event and national television debuts. The Russell Terrier and Treeing Walker Coonhound will be introduced to the American television audience as part of the family entertainment special airing on NBC affiliates across the country.

The National Dog Show Introduces Six New Breeds

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

The National Dog Show Presented by Purina will introduce a total of six new breeds to the American public in 2011 as part of the Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s annual cluster this November.
The six new additions will make their major event debut on the two-hour NBC special immediately following the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. A total audience of some 20 million viewers is expected to watch the broadcast.
The six will be among over 160 American Kennel Club (AKC) sanctioned breeds on hand as almost 2,000 dogs compete for the prestigious title of Best in Show.
The new breeds making their major event TV debut include the following :
– Entlebucher Mountain Dog is a herding and general all-purpose dog. These highly-energetic dogs are easy to train and possess an excellent work ethic. The Entle is native of Switzerland and the smallest of the four tri-colored Swiss Mountain Dogs. It is medium-sized, compact and strongly muscled. The dog is generally tricolor but can be black with tan markings. The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is a member of the Herding Group.
– Norwegian Lundehund is nicknamed the “Puffin Dog”, because it was originally used to hunt puffin- a kind of penguin. This loyal and playful dog makes an ideal, easy-to-live-with companion. It’s dense coat ranges from fallow to reddish brown to tan in color. Their excellent disposition and personality makes this dog a great pet. The Norwegian Lundehund is a member of the Non-Sporting Group.
– Xoloitzcuintli (pronounced show-low-eats-queen-tlee) The Xolo, is one of the world’s oldest breeds and is said to be the first canine of the America’s. Tradition in Central America and Mexico holds that the breed is able to ward off evil spirits and intruders. The breed comes in three sizes- toy, miniature, and standard- and makes an excellent companion dog with moderate exercise and grooming needs. The Xolo is a member of the Non-Sporting Group.
– American English Coonhound is a descendant of the English Foxhound. Bred to adapt to rougher terrain, the American English Coonhound was typically used for fox and raccoon hunting. Renowned for his speed and endurance, the breed requires regular exercise and activity to stay in peak shape. These Coonhounds are pleasant and sociable with both humans and dogs. The Coonhound is a member of the Hound Group.
– Cesky Terrier is one of the Czech Republic’s national breeds. A less excitable breed of terrier, the Cesky was developed to be worked in packs, and has traditionally been used in small game hunting. Sporting a silky charcoal coat, the Cesky requires moderate grooming. These active terriers require constant exercise and continued socialization throughout their lives. The Cesky is a member of the Terrier Group.
– Finnish Lapphund is a native of the Arctic Circle, and was originally used for reindeer herding. The Lappie has a sweet, expressive face which is constantly likened to that of a teddy bear. Its double coat which makes it intolerant of heat, is typically black, brown, and tan- among other color and marking combinations. This friendly, sociable breed makes an excellent companion. The Lapphund is a member of the Herding Group.
The Kennel Club of Philadelphia Dog Shows, November 19 and 20, hosting the National Dog Show Presented by Purina, will be held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks Pennsylvania. Information is available at