After the 2020 event was held behind closed doors, the National Dog Show makes its returns in front of spectators. Created by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia (KCP) in 1879, the National Dog Show has been a staple in American culture and is one of the three major dog shows.
The show has taken place every year since 1933 and is sanctioned by the American Kennel Club, which only allows purebred dogs registered with the AKC to compete. There are 197 dog breeds and varieties, split into seven different groups that are recognized by the AKC. The 2020 Best in Show winner was a Scottish Deerhound named Claire.
Since 2002, the event has been televised after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, with John O’Hurley and David Frei hosting since its inception. The pair will be joined by Mary Carillo for commentary, analysis, and access to behind-the-scenes looks.
For the 20th televised anniversary of the event, the Biewer Terrier (pronounced like beaver) will make its debut. The breed originated in Germany as a tri-colored Yorkie and will compete in the Toy Group. Werner and Gertrud Biewer are the masterminds behind the Biewer Terrier, although its heritage has been disputed. The pair began breeding Yorkies in Germany, and in 1984 they bred a Yorkie with the piebald genetic recessive gene. After their success, they began producing more puppies with the gene.
Not only will the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania be the home of the National Dog Show, but the venue will host the National Dog Show Junior. Like the NDS, the NDS Jr. Show is presented by Purina but is kid-focused. Hosted by American Ninja Warrior’s Matt Iseman, Olympic medalist Laurie Hernandez and Sports Illustrated Kids reporter Anna Liable, the NDS Jr. Show will have kid-focused content and will feature junior dog handlers, Best in Show highlights, and more.
Cord cutters and furry friends can find out how to watch the National Dog Show and the Jr. Show below.
When to Watch All of the 2021 National Dog Shows on Thanksgiving Day Without Cable
Coverage of the 2021 National Dog Show begins on Thursday, November 25 at 12 PM local time on NBC. The 2-hour event will stream on NBCSports.com and on the NBC Sports app.
The 2021 National Dog Show Jr. will directly follow beginning at 2 PM local time and will stream on Peacock.
How to Watch the National Dog Show and the National Dog Show Jr. Without Cable
Cord cutters have many ways to watch all of the paws and tricks this Thanksgiving during both of the dog shows.
AntennaWeb is a great tool you can use to find out which affiliate in your area will broadcast this weekend’s matchups on NBC.
Peacock Premium subscribers can watch the National Dog Show Jr. on Peacock for $50 per year, or $5/mo.
Many major live TV streaming platforms offer Thanksgiving’s dog show coverage. Find out below if your service carries them.
- fuboTV has NBC covered with the fuboTV Starter plan for $65/month.
- Hulu with Live also carries NBC for $65/month.
- DIRECTV STREAM includes NBC in its Entertainment package for $70/month.
- YouTube TV includes NBC with a $65/month subscription
- Sling TV includes NBC in their Sling Blue package for $35/month.