The National Dog Show

Two female Barbets

It's been an uncertain, odd year for everyone and as the holidays approach, a lot of traditions are being altered but one annual event that people all over the country look forward to is the National Dog Show that yes, is still taking place this year amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Belgian Laekenois ("Lak-in-wah"), a strong, sturdy and protective breed in the Herding Group, was also eligible to compete in the National Dog Show for the first time but was not represented this year.

Coming into the competition this year, the American Kennel Club recognizes 208 breeds and varieties of dogs. The competition is also being limited to just 600 dogs, down from almost two-thousand in normal years.

What breeds can people expect to see at the Dog Show?

"She knows she's special", Lloyd added.

An English springer spaniel named Teddy and handler Howard Huber of Oxford, Pennsylvania won reserve best in show after winning the sporting group. The show, which was first broadcast on NBC in 2002, has aired on Thanksgiving following the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade for nearly 20 years.

This year will be no different.

The dog show was actually filmed over the course of two days on November 14 and 15. Winners then go onto compete in the next level, "group", which is made up of seven groups including sporting, hound, working, terrier, toy, non-sporting and herding. Due to safety protocols, the event was held without fans, vendors, sponsors or media, and nurses took the temperatures of all human participants.

The Scottish Deerhound has won Best in Show at the 2020 National Dog Show.

The three new breeds include the Barbet from the sporting group.

At the 2019 National Dog Show, a bulldog named Thor handled by Eduardo Paris of Houston, Texas, won best in show.

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