National Dog Show 2021 on Thanksgiving start time, TV show, livestream and past winners

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The 2021 National Dog Show returns this Thursday to continue a 20-year Thanksgiving Day tradition.

The National Dog Show began in 1879, and it has been held annually since 1933, including 2020, when most events did not take place in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s dog show takes place at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa. The competition itself took place on Saturday, November 20th and Sunday, November 21st, but the pre-recorded broadcast is always shown on Thanksgiving.

Only 600 dogs will be allowed to compete this year, against the normal 2,000 who participate. The American Kennel Club, which sanctions the event, recognizes 197 different dog breeds that may compete.

Here’s a guide to everything you need to know about the 2021 National Dog Show, including a full TV show and a story of past winners.

MORE: Watch the 2021 National Dog Show live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

What time is the dog show at Thanksgiving 2021?

  • Start time: 12:00 ET | 9.00 PT
  • TV channel: NBC

The National Dog Show begins immediately after Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC. Coverage for the National Dog Show starts around noon ET and ends around noon. 14 ET.

David Frei and John O’Hurley will be hosting the show, as they have been for the past 20 years. In addition, Mary Carillo will join as an analyst for the ninth time.

National Dog Show results 2021

Here are the results from the 2021 National Dog Show.

Title Group Winner Race
First in the breed Sporting
First in the breed Dog
First in the breed Working
First in the breed Terrier
First in the breed Toy
First in the breed Sporting
First in the breed Shepherd
Best in Show

How to livestream the National Dog Show

  • Live stream:, NBC Sports App, fuboTV

NBC will stream the National Dog Show on their NBC Sports app and website. You can also access the app on Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire products.

In addition, you can stream the National Dog Show on fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.

What is the National Dog Show?

The National Dog Show is an annual competition held on Thanksgiving day by the American Kennel Club. 197 different dog breeds are allowed to participate, but not all breeds will show up every year.

There are three different titles that the dogs can win during the competition. In the first round, the same breed of dog competes against each other to determine how each dog fits the breed’s standards. The winners of this round will be “Best of Breed” and these dogs can advance to round two.

In round two, the winning dogs from the first round are scattered in seven different groups: sports, hunting dog, work, terrier, toys, non-sporting and shepherd. The dogs are judged here based on how well they fit the standards of their breed. A “First in Breed” winner is nominated from each group. The winning dogs can advance to the final round, which is “Best in Show.” Whichever dog wins this final round will be the main winner of the national dog show.

The story of the National Dog Show on Thanksgiving

The National Dog Show began in 1879 and first became known as “The Kennel Club of the Philadelphia Dog Show.” The name changed to what it is today in 2002, which is the year NBC began airing the event on Thanksgiving day. The National Dog Show has always taken place in Philadelphia.

It is the most watched dog show each year, bringing in nearly 20 million viewers each Thanksgiving.

Winners of National Dog Show

Here is a list of all the winners of the National Dog Show since NBC started broadcasting the show in 2002.

Year Name Race
2020 Claire Scottish deer dog
2019 Thor Bulldog
2018 Whiskey Whippet
2017 Newton Brussels Griffon
2016 Family Greyhound
2015 Charlie Skye Terrier
2014 Nathan Bloodhound
2013 Jewel American Foxhound
2012 Sky Wire Fox Terrier
2011 Snow Wire Fox Terrier
2010 Clooney Irish setter
2009 Sadie scottish terrier
2008 Holly Pointer
2007 Swizzle Australian Shepherd
2006 Vikki Toy poodle
2005 Rufus Colored Bull Terrier
2004 Chi. Aimhi Avalon Renaissance Smooth Fox Terrier
2003 Ch. Blue Chip Purple Reign Doberman
2002 Ch. Ale Kai Mikimoto in fifth place Standard poodle

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