The National Dog Show took over the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa. this weekend. The annual event, which dates back to 1879 and is considered one of the three major dog shows in the U.S., is hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia.
Purebred dogs from more than 180 American Kennel Club sanctioned breeds participated in this year’s show. It’s one of four “benched” formatted shows in America, meaning it’s open to the public, dogs are on display all day and attendees are able to see the dogs competing up close.
News of the actual winner is embargoed until Thanksgiving Day — the show will be broadcast at noon on NBC10 —but who cares? These pups are gorgeous and adorable, no matter where they placed in the contest.
Check out 32 behind-the-scenes photos from day one of the doggo-stravaganza.