National dog show 2021: time, channel, live broadcast, new breeds, hosts, vaccination policy


The national dog show returned with a bark, allowing spectators to return for the 2021 competition.

The 2021 National Dog Show will also continue the tradition of being shown at noon, shortly after Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.

Here’s what you need to know about the 2021 National Dog Show.

The National Dog Show is one of the largest and most renowned dog shows in the world. Hosted annually by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, the show first took place in 1879 and has been an annual event since 1933.

The National Dog Show is an American Kennel Club (AKC) sanctioned event, which means only purebred dogs registered with the AKC can compete.

There are 197 AKC recognized dog breeds that are divided into seven different groups for judging.

The 2021 National Dog Show airs from noon to 2 p.m. in all time zones, right after Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.

The National Dog Show 2021 will air on NBC.

For those with a cable connection, the National Dog Show 2021 will air at noon on and through the NBC Sports app on mobile devices, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV.

If you don’t have cable and want to stream the entire TV broadcast, you can watch it on streaming platforms like Sling TV or Fubo TV, which have NBC. Both offer a free trial and each has live TV and a DVR function, so viewers can watch the dog show in real time or on demand.

David Frei and John O’Hurley have hosted all of the National Dog Show since it first aired on NBC in 2002 and will be back this year. The same will be true for Mary Carillo, who will provide analysis and commentary.

The National Dog Show welcomes David Frei (left) and John O’Hurley with dog show champion Bono the Havanese.Bill McCay | CNB

Although the National Dog Show is re-authorizing spectators, the Kennel Club of Philadelphia requires everyone to be fully vaccinated.

The show has certain restrictions for young spectators. Children under 12 are not allowed to attend the National Dog Show this year due to the vaccine rollout schedule.

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