Big, Handsome; Small, Cute: Dogs Returning to Oaks

OAKS PA – The dogs are back. COVID-related restrictions are gone. The Kennel Club of Philadelphia is reveling in its impending return Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 19 and 20, 2022) to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., for The National Dog Show presented by Purina.

Big, Handsome; Small, Cute: Dogs Returning to Oaks

And visitors will enjoy the return of one of its most treasured features: a look behind its scenes. The show this year resumes its “benched” format – canceled during the pandemic – in which all breeds can be found in designated locations throughout the day both Saturday and Sunday. Guests can meet the dogs and their caretakers, and learn more about them and their preparations for the show.

Tickets are available online now for the event, priced at $16 for adults, $7 for children ages 4-11, and free for those age 3 and younger. A digital copy of the show program, which includes a map of the display areas, a full judging schedule, and other information is available for download here.

As in the past, the two-day show also will be videotaped for broadcast Thanksgiving Day from noon to 2 p.m. on NBC television stations nationwide. Serving as hosts and commentators as they have for many years are actor, author, and dog owner John O’Hurley; expert analyst, Kennel Club of Philadelphia member, and American Kennel Club (AKC)-licensed judge David Frei (above); and award-winning sports broadcaster and former tennis champion Mary Carillo.

Last year’s program, Frei proudly proclaimed, was seen by 25 million people worldwide.

Big, Handsome; Small, Cute: Dogs Returning to Oaks

At a National Dog Show preview held Monday (Nov. 14) in Audubon, Frei and Kennel Club of Philadelphia board member Steve Sansone introduced two of the “new” dog breeds appearing to compete for the first time. They are the Russian Toy, cute and lithe, and generally weighing less than 10 pounds; and the Bracco Italiano, described by the AKC as “one of the oldest of the pointing breeds.”

Also welcomed to the preview were members of the National Dog Show Therapy Dog Ambassador Team. The value of therapy dogs has been championed by Frei for years, and part of the National Dog Show activities include a Dec. 7 (Wednesday) Therapy Dog Smyposium at Rowan University in Glassboro NJ.

Photos by Debbie Zlomek for The Post