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The American Kennel Club (AKC®), a not-for-profit organization, the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, is thrilled to announce that Melanie King has been hired as an Executive Field Representative. She will start on May 20th, 2024.

“Melanie has longtime experience with Irish Wolfhounds and Whippets. She is a successful Breeder-Owner-Handler and AKC Breeder of Merit in English Springer Spaniels, and her Springers have won National Specialties. She was also the 1994 Westminster Kennel Club Best Junior Handler. She has managed large kennels and brings a wealth of hands-on dog expertise to the position. All of this will be valuable assets as an Executive Field Representative,” said Sandy D’Andrea, Field Director of Conformation. “The American Kennel Club is proud to welcome her to the staff.”

In prior years, King worked for many top professional handlers, including Glenn and Rebecca Lycan, Bruce and Gretchen Shultz, the Booths, and Robin Novak. As a breeder and owner handler, she holds the record for the Top Specialty winning English Springer Spaniel of all time. King has extensive experience in all aspects of animal husbandry, including work in veterinary clinics and management of boarding kennels and breeding facilities.

King will be based in the Mid-Atlantic area.