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

When does the show air?

The National Dog Show is broadcast on NBC on Thanksgiving day starting at noon in all time zones, right after the Macy’s Day Parade.

Where can I watch the show?

Watch the 2021 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. Commentators include Mary Carillo, David Frei, and John O’Hurley.

Who won last year?

Claire the Scottish Deerhound won Best in Show at the 2020 National Dog Show.

What makes this year special?

This is the 20th anniversary of the National Dog Show. It is also the first year that the 197th AKC-recognized breed, the Biewer Terrier, will be competing. Keep an eye out for the tiny dog in the Toy Group.

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 breed standard. The dog that best conforms to their breed standard advances or wins.

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 2021 AKC National Championship on Dec. 17-19. All seven Groups, Best in Show, Puppy and Junior Stakes (Groups and Best in Show), Junior Showmanship Finals, Agility, Obedience, and Rally will be live-streamed on AKC.tv and will remain available on demand. Stay tuned for information on the official broadcast of the 2021 AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin, coming in 2022!

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 Thanksgiving foods are safe and unsafe for your dog. The last thing you’ll want at the end of the day is a pup with an upset stomach!

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