How to Watch the 2019 National Dog Show on Thanksgiving Day

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Bathe, clip, blow dry and primp your pup for the National Dog Show Presented by Purina is almost here!

NBC will celebrate man’s best friend in the 18th anniversary edition of the family-favorite holiday special National Dog Show, airing Thanksgiving Day (noon-2 p.m. in all time zones), November 28, following the telecast of NBC’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The 2019 National Dog Show Presented by Purina will be hosted by award-winning TV personality, author and Broadway star John O’Hurley (Seinfeld, Dancing with the Stars), and expert analyst and American Kennel Club-licensed judge David Frei, who has officiated at dog shows worldwide.

NBC correspondent and sports broadcasting Hall of Famer Mary Carillo will report from inside the show ring, with former U.S. Olympic figure skaters Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir offering behind-the-scenes access as backstage contributors.

John O'Hurley, Australian Terrier, Mary Carillo, Whippet "Whiskey" Best In Show 2018 Winner, David Frei, Dachshund (Simon Bruty/Carson International Inc.)

A new American Kennel Club-sanctioned breed will be included in this year’s competition, bringing the total recognized breeds to 193. The Azawakh (hound group) is a loyal, independent and deeply affectionate sighthound known for its short coat, long and lean appearance and excellent companionship and guardianship.

Since 2003, 46 new breeds have been introduced to the event.

King Charles Cavalier Spaniel "Bogie" (Photo by: Bill McCay/NBC)

Last year, a 3-year-old male Whippet named Whiskey took home the Best in Show title among the seven group winners. Whiskey has more than 20 Best in Show titles and went on to win the American Kennel Club’s National Championship in January.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi "Bella" (Photo by: Bill McCay/NBC)

The National Dog Show Presented by Purina is a beloved holiday tradition for families across the nation. The show is part of a five-hour block of family programing on NBC, offering the country’s 65 million pet-owning households a full afternoon of fun entertainment while raising money for canine-related causes.

National Dog Show Presented by Purina, Thursday, November 28, 12/12c, NBC