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Along with parades and football, one of Thanksgiving Day's most successful TV franchises is "The National Dog Show," airing Thursday (Nov. 22) right after the "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade" on NBC.

As he does every year, John O'Hurley (standing, above) joins canine expert David Frei (seated) and correspondent Mary Carillo to follow the competition at the annual event, taped earlier in November in Philadelphia.

This year, two new breeds join the field of 175 American Kennel Club-sanctioned breeds.

"There's the Russell terrier," says O'Hurley, "which is adorable. it's kind of a rounder version of the Parson Russell terrier. it's a cute dog."

Both the Parson Russell and Russell terriers (at right) are Akc-sanctioned variations of the popular Jack Russell terrier, which can come with a smooth or wiry coat, and long or short legs. Both take their name from British dog fancier the Rev. John "Jack" Russell (1795-1883), aka "The Sporting Parson. »

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