Can’t wait to watch the 2015 National Dog Show on Thanksgiving Day? It may surprise you to learn that the prestigious canine competition is actually filmed a bit in advance — all of the action went down on Saturday, November 14, just outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Of course, our lips are sealed — we can’t reveal which dog took home the coveted Best in Show title, but we can give you a sneak peek at some of our favorite moments from the benching area and breed rings. Check them out in the gallery below and be sure to tune in to NBC’s telecast on Thursday, November 26, from noon to 2 p.m., in all time zones.
Here's a question: When Juno, the Bergamasco, lies on the floor, does it automatically get mopped?
Beauty takes patience! It took three hours of grooming for Bella, the Afghan Hound, to get ready for the ring.
Norwich Terriers Talli (left) and Billie posed for their favorite reward: a treat!
Zarina, a 9-month-old Lagotto Romagnolo, was imported from Italy, where she hunts for truffles.
Chet, the Havanese, is such a sweet pup! He wanted to give kisses to every spectator who walked by his bench.
Eleven-year-old Faith Rogers listened to a judge during the junior handler competition. She showed her German Shorthaired Pointer, Luna.
The junior handler competition was a family affair for the Rogers girls. Emma, Faith's twin, competed with Becky, the Great Dane.
This is the first year that the Miniature American Shepherd has been eligible to compete at the National Dog Show. Nike, here, is a 5-year-old blue merle.
Here's another breed that competed at the National Dog Show for the first time this year: the Spanish Water Dog! As expected, Rudi likes to swim, but he is also a fan of sheep and ducks, since he's a farm dog.
Aries, the Newfoundland, had an important message: Don't drink 'n' drool!
After a pronunciation lesson (it's "COY - ker - HUND - che"), this Kooikerhondje's owner explained that he was named for Ingvar the Far-Travelled, an 11th-century Viking.
They don't call them "smiling Samoyeds" for nothing! We love Wynn's grin.