A Thanksgiving Day tradition continues with the Purina National Dog Show. While many think of football, parades, and food for Thanksgiving, some 22 million people will turn on their televisions and watch as over 2,000 purebred dogs compete for the title of Best in Show. The Purina National Dog show will air at noon (all time zones) on NBC, and feature the top dogs in the nation. So, where can you watch the national dog show online?
The Purina National Dog Show will air on NBC at noon across all time zones. The competition takes place directly after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and will feature over 2,000 dogs across a variety of breeds. The purebred pooches will be competing for the honor of being named the Best in Show as an estimated 22 million people tune in for the event.
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According to the official National Dog Show website, 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. The organization notes that the National Dog Show is special because it is one of the few “benched” dog shows. Unlike “non-benched” dog shows, the dogs at this national show must remain on designated “benches” throughout the whole event. This allows access to the dogs by interested parties throughout the showing.
“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.”
The National Dog Show is one of the oldest benched dog shows and the most watched dog show in the United States. Therefore, if you don’t want to miss out on all the fun, be sure to tune in for the big event. The National Dog Show will not only be available on the television, but also will be streaming live online at NBC Sports Live. For those with a cable network or satellite subscription, you will be able to login to NBC Sports online with your cable provider information. For added convenience, you can also watch the National Dog Show from your mobile device by downloading the NBC Sports mobile app on the Apple Store or in Google Play.
If you don’t have cable, multiple accounts can be signed in at once so ask a friend for login details. If you don’t know anyone with a cable subscription, you can also follow the events through various social media channels. The Purina National Dog Show Twitter account is already tweeting out photos and descriptions of some of the top dogs, and will be live-tweeting throughout the event.
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The official National Dog Show Facebook page has numerous photos of the top dogs, along with some backstage candid photos.
The annual National Dog Show is being hosted by actor John O’Hurley. The actor is best known for his role as Mr. Peterman on Seinfeld. The actor will be be joined by David Frei, an expert purebred analyst from USA Network’s Westminster Kennel Club, and NBC sportscaster Mary Carillo, who will provide reporting from the benching area and inside the ring with the dogs.
Will you be tuning in for the National Dog Show this afternoon?
[Image via National Dog Show/ Twitter]