It shows up on your television every Thanksgiving, after the parades, and before the football. It is the Philadelphia Kennel Club National Dog show. Held at the Oaks convention center the weekend before Thanksgiving, this show is one of the few benched shows in the country (the handlers and dogs are required to stay the entire day). With over 2,000 dogs at this year’s show, that means it is a great opportunity for you to see and visit with different breeds. Here are some highlights.
Dogs are grouped together by breed to make it easier for you to find the breed you are interested in visiting.
Breed rings are scattered throughout the hall so you can observe the dogs in action as well as back in their respective kennel areas.
It is also a chance to see unusual breeds in person; for instance, a Xoloitzcuintli (a Mexican hairless dog).
After the dogs compete in the breed ring, then the winners move on to compete in the group ring, which is what you see on television.
There are also demos and plenty of shopping as well.
If you haven’t taken a trip to the dog show, I would strongly encourage you to join us next year.
Ann E. Bastian, V.M.D.
P.S. My dog Duncan had so much fun showing, meeting, and greeting people he was exhausted when he got home.