It may be "turkey day," but it is "dog day" for the Peacock Network as NBC continues its Thanksgiving Day tradition of airing "The National Dog Show Presented by Purina." The event hosted by actor John O’Hurley and dog expert David Frei will air Thursday, November 22nd from noon to 2pm in all time zones, airing immediately following the telecast of NBC’s "Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade." Some 2,000 purebred dogs from some 150 breeds and varieties will be vying for the "Best in Show" title. This is the 6th year that NBC has aired the competition, which has been attracting a total audience of nearly 18 million viewers.
"The National Dog Show Presented by Purina" benefits the Veterinary School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Canine Health Foundation. It is hosted each fall by The Kennel Club of Philadelphia, which is sanctioned by the American Kennel Club (AKC). The program is a property of NBC and Carson International, a prominent producer and packager of canine events for live audiences and for television.