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Posted on Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

New Breeds and Plenty of Old Favorites at The National Dog Show

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There are three television events of the utmost importance on Thanksgiving – the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, football and The National Dog Show. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that this event, which was held on November 17th and 18th at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, is the most-viewed dog show in the nation. Best of all – this year, it added two new breeds to its collective 160, with a group made up of nearly 2,000 different dogs. You’ll be able to catch all the action during a two-hour special following the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but there’s no reason not to read up a bit and get excited for all the cute pet action.

The two new dog breeds entered into the contest include the Russell Terrier (more than 30 other terriers are included already) and the Treeing Walker Coonhound (the fifth Coonhound to make the official American Kennel Club Registry, according to the source). The website for The National Dog Show includes a great history of the event, including the fact that the host institution, The Kennel Club of Philadelphia, has been hosting dog shows since 1879! The show went strong up until the Great Depression, when it was suspended from 1928 through ’32. But in 1933, the annual show came back, tail wagging, and has been entertaining dog lovers for decades since. One of the show’s signature traits is its “benched” format. Benched shows require the dogs and owners competing to hang out in the convention center all day long, meaning that the public and visitors can meet all the adorable contestants! This style is pretty rare and helps The National Dog Show stand out as a great event to attend in person.

As adorable as the new Terrier and Coonhound participants are sure to be – not to mention the range of other breeds, from Setters, Shar-peis, Spaniels and Mastiffs to three varieties of Daschund – keep in mind that there are plenty of equally cute mixed breeds out there. If you’ve considered adopting a dog in the past, now may be the perfect time to make that leap. Why not share the couch this Thanksgiving and watch the dog show with a dog treat and a loveable new friend? This content post is provided by the pet experts at Hartz.