National Dog Show: All you need to know about this Thanksgiving ‘tradition’
- The first National Dog Show was held in 1879
- The National Dog Show became an annual feature in 1933
- Dog breeds identified by the American Kennel Association participate
Remember that scene in “Brooklyn 99” where the ever-so-proper Captain Raymond Holt is busy watching the National Dog Show during Thanksgiving celebrations at Amy’s home with the very quirky Adrian Pimento? The allure of the National Dog Show is such that even Captain Holt indulges. While the Macy’s Parade is certainly the highlight of the festivity, the celebration of furry friends is only a close second.
While the National Dog Show tradition did happen last year despite the pandemic, this year, the show will return in its full glory. One of the most well-known dog shows in the world, the National Dog Show was organised by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia for the first time when it took place in 1879 and it has become a regular feature since 1933.
While last year the competition was held without spectators, this time, fully-vaccinated spectators will be allowed. The National Dog Show will be held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa.
How are dogs selected for the show?
The breeds of dogs to feature in the National Dog Show are selected by the American Kennel Association. A total of 197 breeds are identified although all may not be represented. In the first round of the contest, dogs of the same breed are made to compete against one another. The winner of this contest is named “Best in Breed”.
The breeds are categorised into seven groups: sporting, working, toy, hound, terrier, non-sporting and herding. At the group level, the dogs don’t compete against one another, but rather on how well they fit their breed standards. The winner of each group is named “First in Breed” who then goes on to compete in the final round for the Best in Show.