The National Dog Show presented by Purina is a beloved holiday tradition for families across the country. Launched in 2002, it garnered smash ratings to celebrate America’s fascination with man’s best friend.
Hosted by Seinfeldensemble actor John O’Hurley (the king of the J. Peterman catalog) and the ultimate champion of ABC’s inaugural “Dancing With The Stars” show. O’Hurley is joined by expert analyst David Frei, one of America’s foremost authorities on the sport and the former longtime face and voice (27) of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on USA Network.
Olympic Games host and tennis analyst Mary Carillo joins as a sideline reporter for the program that celebrates man’s best friend with segments about the dogs in our lives and about competition, which annually features the America’s Best Show Dogs.
This year’s competition features three new breeds: the Mudi, a Hungarian farm dog; the Bracco Italiano, a versatile hunting and pointing breed; and the Russian toy, an adorable little guardian.
The show airs on NBC Thanksgiving Day from noon to 2 p.m. in all time zones, following Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The family celebration of dogdom offers America and its 65 million pet-owning households a spectacle with mass appeal before football takes over. It attracts a total audience of over 20 million people every year.
An encore presentation of the show is scheduled for Saturday night, Nov. 26 during prime time, from 8-10 p.m. ET (7 p.m., MT, PT).
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