National Dog Show to Air Thanksgiving Day

Six new dog breeds make their television debut in City of Brotherly Love.

Updated: November 22, 2010, 2 a.m. EST

Icelandic Sheepdog

Icelandic Sheepdog
Courtesy Maggy Pease

New kids on the block, indeed: Six new dog breeds will make their small-screen debut this year during NBC’s National Dog Show Presented by Purina.

Co-host David Frei says introducing new dog breeds to the public is one of his favorite parts of the Thanksgiving Day show, which attracts some 2,000 dogs and over 160 breeds and some 20 million viewers.

"But what I like most of all is seeing the dogs just being real dogs, being spontaneous, just doing the same things in the ring that real dogs do outside of the ring that make us smile,” Frei says. “Too many people have the idea that these show dogs sit around all week on doggie cushions eating doggie bon bons. That’s not the case.”

The National Dog Show took place at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa., on Nov. 20 and 21. The show will be aired on Thursday, Nov. 25, during a two-hour NBC special immediately following the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The new breeds making their national TV debut include:

  • Boykin Spaniel is a member of the Sporting Group. This breed is the official state dog of South Carolina and is bred primarily for hunting.

  • Leonberger, a member of the Working Group, gets its name from its original hometown Leonberg, Germany. The Leonberger is a larger, multi-purpose dog; great with children and elderly people, making it a great therapy dog.

  • Cane Corso is part of the Working Group. This breed is a native of Italy, and is primarily a watchdog and a hunter of more difficult game. Its protective instinct makes this breed very loyal to its owner.

  • The Icelandic Sheepdog is part of the Herding Group. The Icelandic Sheepdog is one of the oldest breeds in the world, dating back to 800 A.D.

  • The Bluetick Coonhound is a member of the Hound Group. This breed is known for its dark blue and mottled-pattern coat.

  • Redbone Coonhound is a member of the Hound Group. This breed is well-known for its red coat. This breed is easily trained and versatile, making it a great hunting dog.

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Kiki   Naperville, IL

11/22/2010 11:11:11 PM

I'm so excited that the Cane Corso is finally being shown!! I've researched that breed ever since dog fancy had a feature on them a few years ago. Also, that's interesting, here I thought the Boykin was already with the AKC. We learn something new everyday! Oh.. Wait, they were, but this is their first time on national tv in a dog show?

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s   3 oaks, MI

11/22/2010 10:23:31 AM


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momo   anaheim, CA

11/21/2010 11:57:19 PM


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Melissa   Farmington, NM

11/21/2010 1:45:28 PM

I still love mutts best!

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