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National Dog Show 2012: Top Reasons to Watch NBC Spectacle

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 09: A handler shows off his Bearded Collie during the 133rd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden February 9, 2009 in New York City. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is considered the most important in the United States.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Josh SchochAnalyst IIINovember 22, 2012

The National Dog Show has become one of the most prominent events on Thanksgiving Day, following the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC.

Starting at noon and going until 2 p.m. in every timezone, the event is probably the most watched sporting event apart from the NFL.

You have yet to check it out, and these are the top reasons to keep it tuned to NBC after the Parade.


Two News Breeds

This year the event includes two new breeds, welcoming Russell Terrier and Treeing Walker Coonhound to the fun.

The first was bred for tracking wildlife, particularly raccoons, hence the name. It is a small, sociable dog according to the show's official program.

The Russell Terrier, on the other hand, is one that you've likely heard of. It's "spannable, compressible chest" allows it to hunt underground. It was used in England to hunt foxes, but it is known as a non-confrontational dog.

These two dogs join the toy group, the working group and more.


Interesting Schedule of Events

The schedule for this year's event is filled with events worth watching. My personal favorite is the Freestyle Flying Disc Demonstration, but the Group Judging and Best-in-Show Judging are always interesting events.

The two-hour broadcast will feature six events, being seen nonstop at The Kennel Club of Philadelphia.

To be featured during the broadcast:

  • Performance Dog Demonstration
  • Freestyle Flying Disc Demonstration
  • Purina Pro Plan Award Presentation
  • National Anthem Ceremony
  • Group Judging
  • Best-in-Show Judging


It's Fun for the Whole Family

Everyone loves dogs, and what better time to watch some of the world's most talented dogs.

As puts it, it's also great for those who aren't as passionate about football as others are.

'I grew up with a football family and my dad was a football coach,' [dog expert David] Frei says. 'We never thought about doing anything except watching ball games and eating turkey. This gives families something to do as a family if they are really not into football — as some families may not be. It’s the perfect time slot on a perfect holiday. Watch the dog show while waiting for the turkey to come out of the oven.'

If you're spending Thanksgiving with a family that includes young kids, this may be the event for you. Young kids love dogs, and these are exactly the types that they love to see.


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