Dog show

National Dog Show returns to Oaks Exhibit Center this weekend – Timesherald

More than 125 years after pioneering the institution of competitive dog shows in the 1800s, the Kennel Club of Philadelphia will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its most publicized event, the National Dog Show presented by Purina, Saturday and Sunday at Greater Philadelphia Exposition Center in Oaks.

Saturday’s show will be taped for broadcast on NBC Thanksgiving Day from noon to 2 p.m., following Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The family celebration of dogdom attracts a total audience of over 20 million people every year.

The show is hosted by John O’Hurley, actor from the Seinfeld ensemble (the king of the J. Peterman catalog) and ultimate champion of ABC’s inaugural “Dancing With the Stars” show. O’Hurley is joined by expert analyst David Frei, one of America’s foremost authorities on the sport and the former face and longtime voice of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on USA Network.

“It was designed as an event that could become a holiday tradition,” said Jon Miller, president of programming for NBC Sports, which created the event. “And it was an immediate success. It’s unique in the television landscape because the total audience of over 20 million people is as strong today as it was in 2002.”

“We’ve actually generated a new legion of dog show fans and greater interest in our sport because of the tradition of family vacations that the National Dog Show and the Kennel Club of Philadelphia have established,” said Wayne Ferguson. , president of the KCP.

Tickets for this weekend’s show are $16 for vaccinated people 12 and older and are available at

In conjunction with recommendations from national, state and local authorities, The Kennel Club of Philadelphia and the National Dog Show will require proof of full COVID-19 vaccination for entry to the Show Center.

Breed and group judging will take place throughout the day, Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 8 a.m.