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Included this year are two new American Kennel Club-sanctioned breeds: the Russell Terrier and the Treeing Walker Coonhound. Also featured is a team of three dynamic canines carrying on the tradition of the National Dog Show Therapy Dog Ambassador program.
The trio, all from the Philadelphia area, make regular visits to the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House where they actively participate in therapy work with patients and families.
The telecast will showcase some 2,000 purebred canines competing for the title of "Best in Show," with $20,000 in prize money and enormous prestige at stake. Unlike traditional dog show coverage, the National Dog Show offers the country's 65 million pet-owning households an afternoon of family-oriented features, facilitated by the open format of the Kennel Club of Philadelphia event.
As one of only five remaining "benched" dog shows, all of the competing breeds are on display all day for the visiting public.
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