This year’s National Dog Show was a great opportunity to
avoid talking to your relatives get your Thanksgiving pup fix. The derpiness was real, y’all. One of the dogs escaped mid-show, bringing much sadness to their hooman.
Then Nathan the Bloodhound won over the judges with his lovable jowls and floptastic ears, taking home Best in Show.
The BarkPost team couldn’t wait for the NBC broadcast on Thanksgiving Day, so we headed to Philadelphia to catch all the action firsthand. You can see our interviews with some of the champion pups here.
One of the first things we noticed was how many rare breeds there were, all being primped and groomed for their big pawformances. The energy at the event was similar to what you’d find backstage at a pageant or recital. Handlers expertly hairsprayed, fluffed, and even straightened their pups’ stunning hairdos. There were Bulldogs, Hounds, and Terriers of all kinds, some dogs readily seen at the dog park, and some we’d only ever seen in pictures.
Here are 15 of the most unusual dogs seen backstage at the National Dog Show.
1. Aslan the Tibetan Mastiff was the only one of his kind at the show, and heads turned everywhere his regal form glided.
8. Ok, so Bernese Mountain Dogs aren’t exactly rare, but we couldn’t resist snapping a few pics of this sweet-faced snugglebug. He also didn’t judge me when I squealed and dropped to the floor to get closer to him. (Maybe he judged me on the inside but at least he didn’t give me side eye.)
12. So many different Poodle haircuts. So little time.
13. Afghan Hounds always look like they just left the hair salon, and this one is no exception.
14. The most unusual thing about this Samoyed was its humanlike expression. #overit
15. Airedale Terriers, also known as the “King of Terriers”, refused to talk to peasants before the show. (Just kidding. That’s his game face. Much concentration. So wow.)
Which breed were you rooting for during the show? Let us know in the comments below! 😀