Celebrate Man's Best Friend with the 17th Annual "National Dog Show Presented by Purina"

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16 November 2018
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National Dog Show Presented by Purina
Photo by Simon Bruty/NBC
"National Dog Show Presented by Purina"
Thursday, November 22 at Noon in All Time Zones on NBC

          NBC will celebrate man’s best friend in the 17th anniversary edition of the family favorite holiday special “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina®” airing 
National Dog Show
Photo by Simon Bruty/NBC
on Thanksgiving Day, following the telecast of NBC’s “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.”

          “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina®” will be hosted by award-winning TV personality, author and Broadway star John O’Hurley (“Seinfeld,” “Dancing with the Stars”). Returning to offer expert analysis is American Kennel Club-licensed judge David Frei, who has officiated at dog shows worldwide and, alongside O’Hurley, has co-hosted the competition since its inception in 2002. NBC Sports correspondent Mary Carillo will report from inside the show ring, and former U.S. Olympic figure skaters Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir will offer behind-the-scenes access as digital contributors.
National Dog Show
Photo by Simon Bruty/NBC

          Two new American Kennel Club-sanctioned breeds will be included in this year’s competition – the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje (sporting group) and the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen (hound group) – bringing the total recognized breeds to 192. Since 2003, 45 new breeds have been introduced to the event.

National Dog Show
Photo: Bill McKay/NBC
 
          Last year, Newton, a 3-year-old Brussels Griffon (toy group), took home the Best in Show title among the seven group winners. Newton impressed the judges with his superior condition and form, beautiful coat and loving personality.
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