Pet lovers are happy to know that CBS is tossing them a treat this summer with their newest reality series that puts the spotlight on the ever-reliable man's best friend. CBS' Greatest American Dog
will pit 12 teams of dogs and owners in a competition that will test owners' skills in handling dogs. The show will premiere on July 10 at 8:00pm, when pet lovers will get to see dogs of all shapes and sizes competing to grab the title of Greatest American Dog.
Read on to meet the cast of the reality competition, which will be hosted by zoologist and television personality, Jarod Miller
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will place 12 contenders and their pet dogs in one house, where they are to compete against each other in challenges which will be judged by Wendy Diamond
, Allan Reznick
and Victoria Stilwell
. Every week, a owner-dog team will be eliminated, and all challenges will lead up to the finale, in which a cash prize of $250,000 is at stake.
The contenders hail from all parts of the United States, and not all of them has sent their pets to doggy school. In fact, some have just home-trained their dogs.
Originally from Chicago, Beth Joy
from New York is Bella Starlet
's acting manager. Bella Starlet is a 10-year-old Chihuahua, Labrador Retriever, Shih-Tzu, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever and Pomeranian mix.
from Flint, Texas is works in the building maintenance industry and is the owner of Star
, a 7-year-old Brittany.
The Brandy and Beacon
team consists of a fashion designer from Orange County, California and a 1-year-old Miniature Schnauzer.
from New York is the owner of Elvis
, a two-year-old Parson Russell Terrier.
Team Elan and Kenji
is composed of Elan from Portland, Oregon, an aspiring dog salon owner, and his 1-year-old Giant Schnauzer, Kenji.
Going up against the 11 teams are dog entertainer J.D.
from Bend, Oregon, and his 9-year-old English Pointer Border Collie and Labrador mix, Galaxy
is a film producer from Los Angeles, and the owner of a five-year-old Pomeranian named Preston
is a doggie day care owner and former fitness trainer originally from Ravenna, Ohio. She's the proud owner of Andrew
, a 5-year-old Maltese.
is a Boston Terrier owned by aspiring comic Michael
from Los Angeles.
The Ron and Tillman
team is composed of a construction manager from Oxnard, California and a three-year-old English Bull Dog.
from Fairfax, Virginia is a dog sitter and former high school Latin teacher who owns five-year-old Border Collie, Leroy
Going up against the 11 other teams are Travis
, a bartender from Los Angeles, and his dog, Presley, a year-old Boxer
Executively produced by R.J. Cutler, Stu Schreiberg and Stephen Kroopnick for Magic Molehill Productions, Inc., Greatest American Dog
is also a production from Actual Reality Pictures and Triage Entertainment, Inc.
Catch the 12 teams as they compete to win the title of Greatest American Dog
on CBS beginning Thursday, July 10.
-Valerie Anne del Castillo, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
(Photo courtesy of CBS)