(BPT) - If you’re a fan of all things canine, you probably look forward to watching The National Dog Show Presented by Purina each year even more than the Thanksgiving meal. First airing in 2001 on NBC to celebrate all dogs, the show has turned rooting for your favorite pups into a Thanksgiving tradition for millions of families nationwide over the past 20 years.

More than 1,700 dogs representing nearly 200 breeds competed for Best in Show honors, including three breeds that are newly recognized by the American Kennel Club for this year's competition: the Mudi, Russian Toy and Bracco Italiano. How do all these dogs stay in great shape for this level of competition? Not only do they participate in years of training with their handlers, but many of the dogs who compete and win at The National Dog Show are fueled by Purina Pro Plan.

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