The National Dog Show 2020: Check Out This Year’s Parading Floofs

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Philadelphia’s annual canine beauty pageant, The National Dog Show, had their usually enormous event tapered down due to the ongoing pandemic. From almost 2,000 competing dogs in 2019, there were fewer than 600 dogs at this year’s show that also held no spectators, sponsors, or media inside the Greater Philadelphia Expo Centre. The show went on with only handlers, security personnel, and NBC’s film crew.

National Dog Show Best in Show winner, Claire, a 3-year-old Scottish Deerhound | Image via USA Today
Bloodhound | Image via NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images

A staple Thanksgiving Day event that many look forward to, The Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s National Dog Show was held on November 14 and 15 this year with social distancing and safety guidelines in place, including mask wearing and temperature checks. The event was aired yesterday after the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which also scaled back on the number of participants by 88%.

Bull Terrier |Image via NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images
Standard Collie | Image via NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images
Airedale Terrier | Image via NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images

All furry participants at the National Dog Show are grouped into seven categories: Herding, Hound, Non-Sporting, Sporting, Terrier, Toy, and Working. This year’s grand winner of ‘Best in Show’ went to Claire, a 3-year-old Scottish Deerhound, and winner of the Hound category.

“Claire has so many wonderful traits. She embodies the same qualities [as her mother and grandmother, who have also placed at dog shows]. She is very similar to her grandmother, especially in the eyes.”

Clair’s handler, Angela Lloyd
Bearded Collie | Image via NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images
Chesapeake Bay Retriever | Image via NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images
Shih Tzu | Image via NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images

The English Springer Spaniel, winner of the Sporting Group, was named Reserve Best in Show. The Miniature American Shepherd won the Herding Group; the Standard Poodle won the Non-Sporting Group; the Wire Fox Terrier won the Terrier Group; the Affenpinscher won the Toy Group; and the Portuguese Water Dog won the Working Group.

Dinmont Terrier |Image via NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images
Three breeds making their National Dog Show debut this year: from left to right, the Barbet, the Belgian Laekenois, and the Dogo Argentino | Image via via Getty Images

There were also three additional breeds that were featured in the National Dog Show for the first time this year: the Dogo Argentino, the Belgian Laekenois, and the Barbet.

2019 Best in Show: Thor the Bulldog | Image via

Last year’s National Dog Show was won by Thor the Bulldog.

With the wrap-up of this year’s National Dog Show, let’s not forget that all dogs are good dogs, but the best ones are rescue dogs! Adopt, don’t shop.

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