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The annual National Dog Show is arguably one of the best parts of Thanksgiving Day. As food cooks in the kitchen and your stomach rumbles, why not lie back on the couch and watch 200 top dogs strut their stuff? Here’s everything you need to know about the 22nd annual National Dog Show.

When Does the National Dog Show Air?

The National Dog Show presented by The Kennel Club of Philadelphia and licensed by the American Kennel Club, is broadcast on NBC on Thanksgiving day starting at noon in all time zones, right after the Macy’s Day Parade, 12 p.m. everywhere.

Where Can I Watch the National Dog Show?

Watch the 2023 National Dog Show on NBC. It can also be streamed on NBC’s website and on other streaming apps such as Hulu Live and Youtube TV. The NBC app is available on mobile and connected devices, including Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire. This year’s show is hosted by John O’Hurley, Mary Carillo, and David Fry.

Who Won the National Dog Show Last Year?

Winston the French Bulldog won the National Dog Show in 2022. He was handled by handler and co-owner, Perry Payson. You may have heard of his other co-owner, NFL defensive end for the Los Angeles Chargers, Morgan Fox.

In 2021 and 2020, Claire the Scottish Deerhound won Best in Show at the National Dog Show.

How Do Dog Shows Work?

If you’re unfamiliar with dog shows, now is a great time to get learning! Study up on some of the common dog show terms you may hear during the show. Also, familiarize yourself with how a dog show winner is chosen. As a hint, the dogs are not judged against each other. Rather, each dog is judged against their individual AKC breed standard. The dog that best conforms to their breed standard advances or wins.

The American Kennel Club

Where Can I Watch More Dog Shows?

If you’re interested in watching a dog show in its entirety, you’ll want to check out the AKC National Championship on Dec. 16-17. This exciting event includes all seven Groups, plus Best in Show, Puppy and Junior Stakes (Groups and Best in Show), Junior Showmanship Finals, Agility, Obedience, and Rally will be live-streamed on and will remain available on demand. Stay tuned for information on the official broadcast of the 2023 AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin.

Can I Show My Dog in a Dog Show?

Wish you were out there showing your dog? There are several ways to get started! If you have a mixed breed dog or a dog ineligible for conformation, don’t worry. There are plenty of other dog sports you can compete in, including Agility, Rally, and more!

Spending Thanksgiving With Your Dog?

Enjoy the holiday, but be aware of what you’re giving your dog. Know what Thanksgiving food dogs can eat — the last thing you’ll want at the end of the holiday is a dog with an upset stomach!

Related article: Why No Mixed Breeds? And Other Top Questions About Conformation Dog Shows
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