A top-ranked, energetic Whippet named “Whiskey” captivated judges and fans to win the Best In Show title for 2018 at NBC’s “National Dog Show Presented by Purina,” which NBC televised on November 22.
A three-year-old male from the Hound group, the athletic canine topped a talented pool of 1,992 dogs entered in the tradition-rich, all-breed show hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia.
Whiskey’s registered name is GCHP Pinnacle Tennessee Whiskey, and he is owned by Justin Smithey (pictured) and Dr. Ken Latimer of Toano, Virginia.
The Best in Group winners also featured King, a Wire Fox Terrier (Terrier group); Bogie, a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel (Toy group); Ducky, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever (Sporting group); Billy, a Lhasa Apso (Non-Sporting group); Irupe, a Doberman Pinscher (Working group) and Bella, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi (Herding group).
An encore presentation of “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina,” hosted by John O’Hurley and David Frei, will air Saturday, Nov. 24 (8-10 p.m. ET) on NBC.
NBC presented the 16th anniversary edition of the beloved holiday special “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina” on Thanksgiving Day (noon-2 p.m. in all time zones), Nov. 23, 2017, following the telecast of NBC’s “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.” Newton, a red-rough variety Brussels Griffon, was named Best in Show.
“The National Dog Show Presented by Purina” celebrates man’s best friend and is hosted by award-winning actor, author and Broadway star John O’Hurley (“Seinfeld,” “Dancing with the Stars”). Expert analysis is offered by David Frei, an American Kennel Club-licensed judge and, along with O’Hurley, co-host of USA Network’s “Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina.” NBC’s Mary Carillo reports from the benching area and inside the show ring, while Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir offer a behind-the-scenes look at the show as reporters and digital contributors.
“For 16 years, the ‘National Dog Show Presented by Purina’ has been at the forefront of the purebred dog world,” said O’Hurley. “I’m proud to be a part of a legacy that not only celebrates such a rich history of dog breeds, but also being part of a tradition that entertains everyone from 4 to 94.”
NBC will present an encore of this year’s “National Dog Show Presented by Purina®” on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT).
In celebration of Thanksgiving and the National Dog Show, Purina is inviting pet owners across the country to share what makes their pet the best, using #DogThanking and tag @Purina. From Nov. 16-26, for every unique post shared on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram that includes @purina and #dogthanking, Purina will donate $1 (up to $50,000) to GreaterGood.org, an organization which helps provide relief for people and pets in areas affecting by hurricanes, including Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico.