How to Watch the 2021 National Dog Show on Thanksgiving: Time, TV Show, Live Stream, and Past Winners


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

The national dog show began in 1879 and has been held annually since 1933, including in 2020, when most events did not happen amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s dog show is at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. The competition took place on Saturday, November 20 and Sunday, November 21, but the pre-recorded show still airs on Thanksgiving.

Only 600 dogs will be allowed to compete this year, compared to the 2,000 who normally participate. The American Kennel Club, which sanctions the event, recognizes 197 different breeds of dogs allowed to compete.

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

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What time is the Thanksgiving 2021 dog show?

  • Start time: 12 p.m. ET | 9 a.m. PT
  • TV channel: CNB

The national dog show begins immediately after Macy’s Thanksgiving parade on NBC. Coverage of the National Dog Show will begin around noon ET and end around 2 p.m. ET.

David Frei and John O’Hurley will co-host the show as they have for 20 years. Additionally, Mary Carillo will join as Analyst for the ninth time.

Results of the national dog show 2021

Here are the results of the 2021 national dog show.

Title Group Winner Elevate
First of the breed Athletic
First of the breed Dog
First of the breed Job
First of the breed Terrier
First of the breed Toy
First of the breed Athletic
First of the breed Breeding
Best of Show

How to broadcast the national dog show live

  • Direct: NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app, fuboTV

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

Additionally, you can stream the National Dog Show on fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day 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 breeds of dog are allowed to participate, but not all breeds will make an appearance every year.

There are three different titles dogs can win during competition. In the first round, the same breed of dogs compete against each other to determine how each dog matches the breed standards. The winners of this round become “Best in Breed”, and these dogs can advance to the second round.

In the second round, the winning dogs of the first round are divided into seven different groups: athletic, hunting dog, working, terrier, toy, non-sporting and breeding. Dogs are judged here based on their suitability for the standards of their breed. A “First of Breed” winner is named from each group. These winning dogs can advance to the final round, which is “Best in Show”. Whichever dog wins this final round becomes the main winner of the national dog show.

History of the National Dog Show on Thanksgiving

The national dog show began in 1879 and was first known as “The Kennel Club of Philadelphia Dog Show”. The name changed to what it is today in 2002, when NBC began broadcasting the event on Thanksgiving Day. The National Dog Show has always been held in Philadelphia.

It is the most viewed dog show each year, attracting nearly 20 million viewers each Thanksgiving.

Winners of the national dog show

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

Year name Elevate
2020 Claire Scottish Greyhound
2019 Thor Bulldog
2018 Whiskey Whippet
2017 Newton Brussels Griffon
2016 Gia Doggy style
2015 Charlie Skye Terrier
2014 Nathan Bloodhound
2013 Jewel American Greyhound
2012 Sky Wired fox terrier
2011 Eira Wired fox terrier
2010 Clooney Irish setter
2009 Sadie Scottish terrier
2008 holly Needle
2007 Swizzle Australian shepherd
2006 Vikki Toy poodle
2005 Rufus Colorful Bull Terrier
2004 Chi. Aimhi Avalon Renaissance Smooth Fox Terrier
2003 Ch. Blue Chip Purple Reign doberman
2002 Ch. Ale Kai Mikimoto on Fifth Standard Poodle