John O’Hurley & David Frei Return to Co-Host NBC’s Ultimate Canine Competition “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina®”

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19 November 2016
The National Dog Show Presented by PurinaPhoto: Bill McCay/NBC
“The National Dog Show Presented by Purina®” 
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24 at Noon in All Time Zones on NBC
          “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina®” celebrates man’s best friend and is hosted by award-winning actor, author and Broadway star John O’Hurley (“Seinfeld,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Devious Maids”). Expert analysis is offered by David Frei, an American Kennel Club-licensed judge and former host of USA Network’s “Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.” NBC’s Mary Carillo will report from the benching area and inside the show ring, while Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir offer a behind-the-scenes look at the show as reporters and digital contributors.

          “For 15 years, the ‘National Dog Show Presented by Purina’ has been at the forefront of the purebred dog world,” said O’Hurley. “I’m proud to be a part of a legacy that celebrates such a rich history. I look forward to seeing all the dogs and families, who come out to join us on my favorite day of the year.”

National Dog Show Presented by Purina
Photo: Bill McCay/NBC
          Included this year are three new AKC-sanctioned breeds — the Pumi (herding group), the Sloughi (hound group) and the American Hairless Terrier (terrier group) — bringing the total recognized breeds and varieties for the competition to 202. A total of 43 new breeds have been introduced to the competition since 2003.

          NBC will present an encore of this year’s “National Dog Show Presented by Purina®” on Saturday, Nov. 26 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT).

          Last year, Good Time Charlie, a 4½-year-old Skye Terrier who won over the crowd with his beautiful coat and happy personality, was named Best in Show from among the seven group winners.

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