National Dog Show Thanksgiving Day

A dog event to be the Thankful for! This year's show introduces two new breeds.

By | Posted: November 27, 2014, 6 a.m. PST

A Thanksgiving Day tradition, the National Dog Show presented by Purina on NBC is the most-watched dog show broadcast of the year, according to the host, the Kennel Club of Philadelphia.

This year the show will introduce two new American Kennel Club breeds to the American public – the Coton de Tulear and the Wirehaired Vizsla. 

The three new additions to the American Kennel Club Registry will make their major event debut on the two-hour NBC TV special on Thanksgiving Day, immediately following the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Could one of these be the right dog for you? Here is a brief description of each new breed:

Coton de Tulear 

Bred as a companion, the Coton de Tulear takes his job seriously. He adores his family and prefers spending every waking -- as well as sleeping -- moment with them. At home, a Coton might bark to tell you a new person is arriving, but that’s probably the extent of his guard dog persona. Sweet and playful, the Coton loves his family – and most of the neighbors, too. The breed is typically good with other animals (socialization is always recommended) and usually patient with well-manned children. The Coton is also relatively easy to train, if he isn’t too busy making friends at puppy school. Learn More>>

Coton de Tulear

 Wirehaired Vizsla

The Wirehaired Vizsla is a fairly new breed which was developed by hunters looking to create a dog with the smooth-coated Vizsla's color, but with a heavier build and a dense wiry coat to make it more apt to working in rough field conditions. Two female Vizslas were bred to a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon and by the mid 1940s there were third-generation dogs registered in the semi-official stud book. The Wirehaired Vizsla is prized by hunters for its endurance, fearlessness and retrieving abilities. They are also outgoing, intelligent and friendly so they make excellent family dogs and take to sports training very well. They can be aloof with strangers and protective so early positive-reinforcement training is important. Learn more>>

Wirehaired Vizsla

For more detailed information on the National Dog Show Presented By Purina ® and the Kennel Club of Philadelphia Dog Shows please visit

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Eileen - 249708   Port Perry, ON

11/28/2014 6:02:28 AM

Nice to see 2 new breeds added to the AKC.

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