The Kennel Club of Philadelphia presensts the National Dog Show, the region’s annual canine extravaganza, on Saturday and Sunday, November 16 to 17 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks.
2,080 show dogs will be shown from 190 breeds plus agility dogs, search and rescue dogs, therapy dogs in conformation competition at the show.
Saturday is the taping of The National Dog Show presented by Purina which airs nationally on NBC on Thanksgiving Day from noon to 2 p.m.
The National Dog Show is one of only three shows in the United States that is “benched”, meaning that all dogs are based all day long in specific locations, available to interact with the public.
Century-old Philadelphia tradition since hosting a major dog event in 1876 at the Centennial Exposition, Philadelphia has been at the forefront of the purebred dog world. The Kennel Club of Philadelphia has been at the forefront of the purebred dog world. The Kennel Club of Philadelphia(KCP) and its predecessor clubs have been presenting dog shows since 1879.
Benefitting Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s favored charities. Past recipients include AKC Canine Health Foundation, Veterinary School at the University of Pennsylvania & Take The Lead.
Temple University research shows that the average family spends three and one-half hours at the show, making the National Dog Show one of the best entertainment values in the region.
Philadelphia has been a host and presenter of the dog shows since 1879. The Kennel Club of Philadelphia went through several name changes in the years spanning the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. The Kennel Club hosted the first dog show in 1912.
Philadelphia’s are among the oldest benched shows in the US. Unlike the more common “show and go” format, benched shows require exhibitors to remain in the building for most of the day, allowing the public to meet and greet canines. Now almost a lost tradition, only five benched shows remain in the country.
In another Philadelphia first, the 2002 Kennel Club of Philadelphia hosted the first edition of The National Dog Show presented by Purina, which is nationally broadcast on NBC TV on Thanks Giving Day, and is the most watched event of its kind in the sport’s 125 year history, with a total audience reaching 20 million viewers.
Tickets to the shows are available online at http://www.nds.nationaldogshow.com. Pricing is $16 for adults and $7 for children ages 4 to 12 with free admission ages 3 and under.
<Source: The National Dog Show>