The Kennel Club of Philadelphia National Dog Show | November 2020

The Kennel Club of Philadelphia National Dog Show

This year’s The Kennel Club of Philadelphia National Dog Show competition was held as a single, two-day show on Nov. 14-15 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. Only officials, NBC broadcast personnel, and handlers/dogs were allowed on the premises and spectators appeared in the form of sponsored cardboard cutouts. Only officials, entries, NBC staff, and security personnel had access to the grounds. Thanks to the Philadelphia Kennel Club’s President, Wayne Fergusen who graciously arranged for our photographer, Terri Hirsch to attend we’re pleased to share these behind-the-scenes photos.

If you are interested in purchasing any of these photos, check out her galleries here.

Missed it? Watch the Best in Show Judging here:

The Kennel Club of Philadelphia National Dog Show Candids


  • Since hosting a major dog event in 1876 at the Centennial Exposition, Philadelphia has been at the forefront of the purebred dog world. The Kennel Club of Philadelphia (KCP) and its predecessor clubs have been presenting dog shows since 1879. In fact, the Philadelphia club predates the American Kennel Club (AKC) which was organized on September 17, 1884. The Philadelphia club went through several changes of name in the years spanning the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. Records show a Philadelphia Kennel Club benched show in 1896 and a Philadelphia Dog Show Association with a “bench show of dogs” from 1899 to 1909. Shortly after, the group reorganized and formed the present-day Kennel Club of Philadelphia.

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