National Dog Show celebrates 20th year with more than 1,500 dogs participating


BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – One of the favorite traditions of Thanksgiving is watching the National Dog Show and it’s back again for the 20th year!

The National Dog Show Presented by Purina is a two-hour event broadcasted nationwide in high definition on NBC on Thanksgiving Day immediately following the Macy’s Parade, reaching an audience of nearly 20 million viewers. NBC has televised the event after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade since 2002.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 National Dog Show will only allow fully vaccinated spectators. Last year, the competition was held without spectators, vendors, sponsors or media.

The competition was also limited to 600 dogs, a 70% decrease from the nearly 2,000 who compete in a regular year.

Last year, Claire, the 3-year-old Scottish Deerhound, beat out over 600 dogs representing 196 breeds and varieties recognized by the American Kennel Club to win Best in Show.

You can tune in to the 2021 National Dog Show on Thursday, November 25th at 12 p.m. local time.

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