Critic's NotesNBC's National Dog Show' Thursday includes one new breed that could leave the co-hosts speechlessJohn O'Hurley and David Frei make the call for NBC in annual canine competition
By David Hinckley, New York Daily News
- November 22nd, 2011
It's not A lock, but it's possible that the most fun on television Thursday could be watching the hosts of the National Dog Show working to pronounce the name of one of the show's six new breeds.
The dog is a Xoloitzcuintli
Go ahead. Pronounce it.
Take your time.
So how's it working out?
Fortunately for us civilians, even those who like the look of this breed a dark, medium-sized Mexican hairless don't have to pronounce it.
But John O'Hurley and David Frei, co-hosts of the 10th Annual National Dog Show Thursday on NBC, noon-2 p.m.
I started in October to pronounce the dog's name, says O'Hurley. For three nights in a row I had to go to YouTube to practice it.
He thinks he has it now.
For the record, the correct phonetic pronunciation is show-low-eats-queen-tlee.
The other five new breeds, making their national television debut because they received official American Kennel Club certification this year, have less exotic names.
They include the Cesky Terrier, the Norwegian Lundehund, the Finnish Lapphund and the Entlebucher Mountain Dog. In any other year, the Entlebucher might seem a little tricky to pronounce. This year, it's a gimme.
The sixth new breed is easy enough to say: the American English Coonhound. It does raise a question, however: Is it American or English? Would you call a dog a French German Poodle? A Japanese Chinese Shar-Pei?
No matter. The National Dog Show is designed to be great family fun, says O'Hurley, and he thinks it has fulfilled that mission.
Conceived on a whim from a showing of the satirical movie Best in Show, it has regularly drawn 18-20 million viewers.
It's also a fast-paced show, particularly compared to television's other major canine showcase, February's Westminster Kennel Club show.
Westminster stretches for six hours over two nights. The National Dog Show compresses everything, mainly almost 200 breeds, into two hours.
Frei, who narrates the Westminster show, jokes that he doesn't want to get in trouble by making comparisons to this one.
But he says it really isn't a problem, because even though they are both competitions among purebred dogs, they have very different goals.
This show is an entertainment special, built for the day, he says. Westminster is the top competition in the dog world.
They both have their place. They're both celebrations of the dog in our lives.
The show also will salute some of the work that dogs do. A guest on Thursday's show will be one of the last surviving search dogs that worked at Ground Zero in the days after Sept. 11, and there will also be a salute to therapy dogs.
Perhaps they can visit O'Hurley if his tongue suffers serious injury trying to pronounce Xoloitzcuintli.http://www.nydailynews.com/entertain...ticle-1.981324