The National Dog Shows hosted by The Kennel Club of Philadelphia will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 16 and 17, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.
Saturday is The National Dog Show, presented by Purina, to be broadcast on NBC at noon on Thanksgiving in all time zones, with a repeat airing that Friday night.
Sunday’s show offers enhanced athletic dog exhibitions plus family-friendly activities and hands-on fun.
Best In Show judging is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. each day.
This year’s shows will feature 2,000 dogs and 170-plus breeds, including three new breeds:
- The Chinook, a member of the Working Group, was developed in New Hampshire as a sled dog whose function was drafting and sled-dog racing.
The Chinook was named New Hampshire’s State Dog in 2009.
The breed has a thick, tawny-colored (ranging from pale honey to a deep reddish-gold) double coat lying close to the body.
For details, visit www.chinookclubofamerica.org or
- The Rat Terrier, an American breed in the Terrier Group, is a multi-purpose companion dog that is capable of hunting rodents and vermin
above and below ground, as well as coursing small game.
He is a sturdy, compact, small-to-medium sized parti-colored dog with a short, smooth coat that may come in any variation of pied patterning. “Pied” means large patches of one or more colors in combination with white. Acceptable colors, with or without “tan points,” include the predominate black, or chocolate, red, apricot, blue, fawn, tan or lemon. For details, visit www.ratterrierclub.com or www.akc.org/breeds/rat_terrier.
- The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno, a primitive breed in the Hound Group, is known for its small size, erect ears, wedge-shaped head,
and two coat types: smooth and wire. It hunts by sight, scent and hearing, and is related to the Pharaoh Hound, Ibizan Hound, Cirneco dell’Etna and Basenji. The smooth coat is short and very dense, while the wire coat (rough) is long and harsh, with a bearded muzzle. Preferred coat color is yellow or fawn, with or without white markings. For details, visit
The National Dog Shows weekend is one of only five “benched” format competitions remaining in the United States. “Benched” format means that the show is open to the public and the canines are on display all day so attendees can see the dogs up close and meet their owners to learn about the breeds.
The weekend will also include a flyball tournament, Freestyle Flying Disc, Purina Pro Plan Performance Team nd a meet-and greet with the Therapy Dog Ambassador Team.
Admission is $14 for adults, $7 for children 4 to 11 years old and free for children 3 and younger.
Tickets are available for purchase at the door, or in advance at www.thenationaldogshow.ticketleap.com.
Hosts for the shows are John O’Hurley, David Frei and Mary Carillo.
Frei is an American Kennel Club-licensed judge who has at dog shows all over the world, and has hosted
USA Network’s coverage of The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show since 1990 and co-hosted The National Dog Show since its inception in 2002. Frei is director of communications for The Westminster Kennel Club, and is the founder and chief executive of Angel on a Leash, a nonprofit foundation that facilitates therapy dog visits to patients in hospitals and healthcare facilities around the country.
Carillo is a longtime NBC Sports analyst, a host and correspondent for The Olympic Games on NBC,
a television analyst for major-event tennis coverage and a correspondent for HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. She has co-hosted USA Network’s presentation of The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show with David Frei in 2009 and from 2011 to the present.
O’Hurley played J. Peterman on “Seinfeld,” and will be signing his latest book, ““The Perfect Dog” in Hall B on Saturday.
Kicking off National Dog Shows weekend will be “Spotlight Therapy Dogs” a red carpet gala at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House on Chestnut Street. The gala will honor the 2013 Therapy Dog Ambassadors. David Frei will introduce the 2013 Therapy Dog Ambassadors — Dogues de Bordeaux named Li’l Abner and Stella, Belgian Sheepdogs named Wynonna and Waylon and a Staffordshire Terrier mix named Vivian. The quintet, all from the Philadelphia area, makes reguar visits to the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald Houses.
For more information, visit www.nationaldogshow.com.
I recently participated in conference call with David Frei and Mary Carillo.
When asked what his choices are for this year’s winners, Frei said, “I like them all. I like the Brittanys and Cavaliers, of course, because those are my breeds.
Foxhounds and coonhounds have gotten a lot of attention the last few years.”
Frei said Labradors, Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds are among the most popular dogs, and have a lot of entries in dog shows, but have never won best in show at Westminster or the National Dog Show.
Carillo has an 8-year-old Westie named Peter, who she adopted from a pet center in Naples, Fla., when he was a puppy.
“He’s not the smartest Westie I’ve ever met,” she said. “He’s some kind of crazy mix, some kind of terrier mix; looks like he has some kind of hyena in him. In a lot of ways, he rescued me. But he’s not the sharpest westie ive ever met
In a lot of ways, he’s rescued me.”
“I’ve told my dogs things that I’ve never shared with anyone else”, Carillo said.
There are seven dog groups that participate in the National Dog Show: Terrier, Toy, Working, Sporting, Non-Sporting and Herding.
Irish Red & White Setter
German Shorthaired Pointer
German Wirehaired Pointer
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Irish Water Spaniel
American Water Spaniel
English Springer Spaniel
Welsh Springer Spaniel
English Cocker Spaniel
Cocker Spaniel (ASCOB)
Cocker Spaniel (Parti-Color)
Cocker Spaniel (Black)
Portuguese Podengo Pequeno
American English Coonhound
Black and Tan Coonhound
Treeing Walker Coonhound
Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen
Black Russian Terrier
Bernese Mountain Dog
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
Dogue de Bordeaux
Portuguese Water Dog
Anatolian Shepherd Dog
Wire Fox Terrier
Smooth Fox Terrier
Parson Russell Terrier
Kerry Blue Terrier
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Manchester Terrier (Standard)
West Highland White Terrier
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Glen of Imaal Terrier
American Staffordshire Terrier
White Bull Terrier
Colored Bull Terrier
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Miniature Bull Terrier
Smooth Coat Chihuahua
Long Coat Chihuahua
Toy Fox Terrier
Toy Manchester Terrier
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
English Toy Spaniel (B&PC)
English Toy Spaniel (KC&R)
American Eskimo Dog
German Shepherd Dog
Old English Sheepdog
Polish Lowland Sheepdog
Australian Cattle Dog
Bouvier des Flandres
Entlebucher Mountain Dog
Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
For more information on the breeds, visit
www.purina.com/dogbreeds>www.purina.com/dogbreeds or www.akc.org.