If Thanksgiving football isn't your appetizer of choice, perhaps over 2,000 of the top American Kennel Club sanctioned dogs competing for honors like Best of Breed and Best in Show at the National Dog Show is more to your liking.
The event's official website boasts that there will be over 150 different breeds and varieties competing at this year's events. That includes new breeds like the Chinook and Rat Terrier.
NBC has added to its Thanksgiving tradition by airing the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and, since 2002, following it up with the National Dog Show from The Kennel Club of Philadelphia.
The event has actually already happened. It was held on Nov. 16, but the televised debut is reserved for Thanksgiving. That certainly hasn't seemed to dampen the interest.
As the event's official website points out, this is the most watched dog show in America—take that Westminster!
Here are the vitals for the event.
Never could get my dogs that clean. National Dog Show on Thursday at Noon on KHQ. pic.twitter.com/Fv85AG3NDl— KHQ Local News (@KHQLocalNews) November 27, 2013
Where: The Kennel Club of Philadelphia; Philadelphia, Pa.
When: Thursday, Nov. 28 at 12 p.m. (in all American time zones)
(The event was held on Nov. 16 but will not be televised until Nov. 28)
Live Stream: NBCSports.com—this is a live stream of the broadcast and not the event...since, you know, the event already happened.
NBC has a top-notch crew to bring us the action. John O'Hurley hosts the event. The veteran actor is most well known for his iconic turn as J. Peterman in Seinfeld.
Helping on the broadcast is David Frei and Mary Carillo. Frei is one of the most respected analysts of dog shows in the world. Carillo is a sportscasting veteran and has been featured prominently in NBC's past coverage of the Olympics.
Moving into the Working Group is the hardy chinook. This dog was bred to be a combination of speed and power to make an ideal sled dog.
The Chinook Club of America explains this rare breed of dog faced extinction. The CCA actually helped save the breed, and we can all be thankful for that.
This sporting dog works well on trails and its sweet disposition also makes it a good house pet. I imagine it will also quickly make it one of the favorites in dog shows.
The rat terrier is a lot cuter than it sounds. The pointy ears along with the distinct terrier look make the name fitting, but come on? We couldn't find anything better than rat terrier?
Of course, as the event's website tells us, this dog is also an ace rodent hunter. I guess that could have something to do with the name...but that still doesn't make it a good name!
This dog has a similar resemblance to the russell terrier, which was one of the new breeds last year.
Like the russell, this is an energetic and playful dog, and his sturdy frame helps give the appearance of explosiveness that this dog possess.
Portuguese Podengo Pequeno
This distinctive little dog usually features a yellow coat with or without white markings. The small size makes the large pointy ears stick out even more, but this dog is still adorable.
This dog is another good hunter, and as the AKC's website for this breed tells us, this dog hunts by sight, sound and smell. The website also tells us this dog was bred to hunt in Portugal's harsh terrain. Most notably, this dog is an ace at hunting rabbits, as it can fly through thickets.