The 2012 National Dog Show Presented by Purina Airs on Thanksgiving

Saluki in 2011 National Dog Show
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A Saluki competes in last year's National Dog Show.

Planning to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade tomorrow? How about some football? Or maybe the season's first showing of It's a Wonderful Life? Well, if you’re an animal lover, there’s one more Thanksgiving TV tradition that you cannot miss: the 11th annual National Dog Show Presented by Purina.

The two-hour telecast airs Thursday on NBC, immediately following the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and is hosted by television personality John O’Hurley and canine expert David Frei.

Some 2,000 of the nation’s top purebred dogs will compete for the titles of Best of Breed, First in Group and, ultimately, Best in Show. This year, two new breeds, the Russell Terrier (in the terrier group) and the Treeing Walker Coonhound (in the hound group), will make their debut.

So which breed will win Best in Show? Last year's winner was a Wire Fox Terrier named Eira, but this year it could be any of the more than 160 breeds competing. You’ll have to tune in to NBC on Thanksgiving and follow Vetstreet’s National Dog Show coverage to find out which canine wins.

NBC’s broadcast of The National Dog Show Presented by Purina airs Thursday, November 22, 2012, from noon to 2 p.m. in all time zones.


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