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The National Dog Show

Public Event

  • November 19 8:00 am 5:00 pm
  • November 20 8:00 am 6:00 pm

The Kennel Club of Philadelphia Dog Shows

The Kennel Club of Philadelphia has presented dog shows for more than 125 years. Their two benched, all-breed dog shows are held this year on Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20.

What to Expect

See over 2,000 of the top American Kennel Club sanctioned dogs from across the country. Over 150 different breeds and varieties compete for best of Breed, First in Group and the coveted title of Best in Show. Each day brings different competitions and attractions.

Saturday is The National Dog Show Presented by Purina, taped for telecast nationwide on Thanksgiving Day by NBC. It is the most widely viewed dog show in America.

Sunday’s show offers more canine competitions, enhanced athletic dog exhibitions plus family-friendly activities and hands-on fun.

Why is a "Benched" Dog Show so special?

Many who are not familiar with competitive dog shows may find themselves wondering what the difference is between a benched dog show and a non-benched dog show. A benched show is where the participating dogs are required to be on assigned benches when they are not being shown in competition. This allows for all interested spectators, breeders, handlers and attendees to meet all of the participating dogs, interact, ask questions, and share information about the various breeds present at the show. A non-benched dog show does not require all dogs to remain "benched" throughout the competition. The National Dog Show is one of the few remaining and oldest benched dog shows in the United States, held annually since 1933.

The National Dog Show Presented by Purina

The National Dog Show Presented by Purina is broadcasted nationwide in high definition on NBC on Thanksgiving Day immediately following the Macy's Parade, reaching an audience of nearly 20 million viewers. This two hour family entertainment special has become a major event in the dog show world and is rapidly becoming an important American holiday tradition.

The show is hosted by John O’Hurley, former Seinfeld star, winner of Dancing with the Stars, and purebred owner, along with Mary Carillo, and with expert commentary by David Frei, the "dean of dog show commentators."


PURINA, always the innovator, is again the leader in the dog world by supporting this prestigious event and is proud to showcase some of the world's most beautiful, healthy dogs in The National Dog Show Presented by Purina. Purina supports the health and wellness of all dogs through its food and pet care products and by promoting responsible pet care, humane education, canine health research and the positive bond between people and their pets. Purina brand pet foods are manufactured by Nestlé Purina PetCare. Be sure to visit the Purina booth while you are at the show or log on to www.purina.com to learn more about Purina products.

The American Kennel Club

The Kennel Club of Philadelphia Dog Shows are sanctioned by the AKC, the principal registry for purebred dogs in the United States and the largest registry in the world. Every year, owners register approximately one million dogs with the AKC. The AKC’s Canine Health Foundation is the world’s largest funder of exclusively canine research, with a mission to develop significant resources for basic and applied health programs with emphasis on canine genetics to improve the quality of life for dogs and their owners. The AKC and its affiliate, AKC Companion Animal Recovery, have been crucial in providing long-term care to animals displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

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