New York, NY -- Zack, a Bearded Collie from Scotch Plains won "First in Group" for the Herding Group at "The National Dog Show Presented by Purina" airing on NBC on Thursday, immediately following the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Four year old Zack, whose registered name is CH Dunhill SteelerNation, is owned by Dr. Kathy and Ray Harrington and Scott and Valerie Shafer. Zack loves to show off his vertical jumping ability that allows him to jump onto the grooming table with ease.

As one of seven dogs competing in "Best of Show," Zack will be featured during "The National Dog Show"on NBC at noon on Thanksgiving Day. The event has become a holiday favorite generating a total audience of almost 20 million viewers each year.

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Each of the 180 AKC registered breeds and varieties are assigned to one of seven groups (Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding) representing characteristics and functions for which all breeds were originally bred. By winning the "First in Group" competition that dog joins an elite group of winners of the seven group sompetitions that go on to compete for the ultimate "Best In Show" award, the coveted red, white and blue ribbon, and to become winner of "The National Dog Show Presented by Purina."