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`Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina.` Pictured, from left: Australian Terrier, John O'Hurley, Azawakh, Mary Carillo, Bernese Mountain Dog, David Frei and Dachshund. (NBC photo by Simon Bruty)
"Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina." Pictured, from left: Australian Terrier, John O'Hurley, Azawakh, Mary Carillo, Bernese Mountain Dog, David Frei and Dachshund. (NBC photo by Simon Bruty)

NBC's annual 'Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina' airs Sunday, April 5

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Sat, Mar 7th 2020 09:30 am

John O’Hurley & David Frei return to co-host celebrated canine competition with Mary Carillo & Maria Menounos as official correspondents

Combining the star power of both Hollywood and the canine world, NBC is set to air the fourth annual “Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina” on Sunday, April 5 (12:30-2:30 p.m. ET).

In celebration of man’s best friend and with the glamour only Beverly Hills can provide, the star-studded competition will be co-hosted by award-winning TV personality, author and Broadway actor John O’Hurley and American Kennel Club-licensed judge and expert analyst David Frei. Emmy Award-winning journalist, author and TV personality Maria Menounos will welcome two and four-legged celebrity guests on the red carpet, NBC Sports correspondent Mary Carillo will report from inside the show ring and “American Ninja Warrior” host Akbar Gbajabiamila will provide behind-the-scenes access as digital contributor.

“We all love our dogs, of course,” Frei said. “We invite fans to celebrate these four-legged stars with us at the Beverly Hills Dog Show where they can cheer their favorites. After it’s over, hug your own dog and remind them they’re always Best in Show.”

This year’s dog-loving celebrity guests include Lauren Ash, Brian Baumgartner, Reece Caddell, Jade Catta-Preta, Olivia Culpo, Ester Dean, Bo Derek, Doug the Pug, Parveen Kaur, MJ Javid & Tommy Feight, Nastia Liukin, Greg Louganis, Ariana Madix, Justine Marino, Caitlin McGee, Miss America 2020 Camille Schrier and Jocko Sims.

Two newly AKC-sanctioned breeds will compete to be top dog this year. The Barbet (sporting group) is a water dog from France with a long, sweeping tail, a dense coat of curly hair and a distinctive beard. He’s an agile athlete with a bright, friendly nature. The Dogo Argentino (working group) is a strong and intelligent hunting dog from Argentina, originally bred to hunt big game such as boar and mountain lion. He has a short white coat and expressive face.

Hosted by the Kennel Club of Beverly Hills and produced by NBC Sports, “The Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina” is a new breed of dog show and must-see viewing for the whole family. Before more than 1,500 dogs representing 200 eligible breeds and varieties face off for the coveted Best in Show title, the canine competitors will mingle with celebrity guests and strut their stuff on the red carpet. For the main event, each group winner will walk the show’s unique runway for the Best in Show judge to determine which dog has what it takes to be champion.

NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will present two primetime encores of this year’s “Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina,” on Monday, April 6 (9-11 p.m. ET/PT) and Tuesday, May 26 (7-9 p.m. ET/PT).

Last year, a 3-year-old Havanese named Bono was crowned Best in Show. The little canine from the Toy group is the most winning Havanese in the breed’s history, with over 90 Best in Show titles. Previous Beverly Hills Dog Show winners include 2018’s King, a Wire Fox Terrier, and 2017’s Ripcord, a Doberman Pinscher.

For more information on “The Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina,” visit https://www.nbcsports.com/beverlyhillsdogshow.

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