How Much Do You Know About the National Dog Show?


It's that time of year again . . . The National Dog Show! Before the Thanksgiving Day broadcast, WebVet wants to test your knowledge on the most-watched dog show in the United States!

Q: What are the 7 groups that name winners to compete for Best in Show?

A: Terrier, Toy, Working, Sporting, Hound, Non-Sporting, Herding

Q: What is the difference between a benched dog show and a non-benched dog show?

A: A benched show is where the participating dogs are required to be on assigned benches when they are not being shown in competition. This allows for all interested spectators, breeders, handlers and attendees to meet all of the participating dogs, interact, ask questions, and share information about the various breeds present at the show. A non-benched dog show does not require all dogs to remain "benched" throughout the competition. The National Dog Show is one of the few remaining and oldest benched dog shows in the United States, held annually since 1933.

Q: What are the 6 new breeds making their national TV debuts at The National Dog Show this year?

A: The Entlebucher Mountain Dog, Finnish Lapphund, Norwegian Lundehund, Xoloitzcuintli, American English Coonhound, Cesky Terrier

For more information on the breeds, click here.
Q: Who won best in show last year?

A: A 3-year-old Irish setter named Clooney

Q: When did John O'Hurley begin hosting the National Dog Show?

A: 2002

Q: Can you name the 2 dog-related books John O'Hurley has written?

A: It's Okay to Miss the Bed on the First Jump (2006) and Before Your Dog Can Eat Your Homework, First You Have to Do It (2007)

Q: How does a dog become a "champion"?

A: A dog will begin his show career by competing to become a "champion". To earn an AKC Championship title (and be able to place Ch. in front of his/her name) the dog needs to win 15 points at AKC shows. Points are earned by defeating other dogs of the same sex and breed at classes held specifically for non-champions. Breed points used to determine national rankings are recorded by the AKC and based on the number of dogs defeated. For each dog defeated at a dog show, the other dog gets one breed point. The top dogs in the country easily have more than 50,000 points in a given year.

Q: What is analyst David Frei's official position at The Westminster Kennel Club?

A: Director of Communications

Q: In what city is the National Dog Show held?
A: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Q: Approximately how many people watch the National Dog Show?

A: 20 million

Q: The National Dog show is one of the three major dog shows in the United States. What are the others?

A: The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship and the Westminster Dog Show.

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