Spaniels arrive at Knoxville Con Center

KNOXVILLE – The top spaniels from home and abroad will strut their stuff at the Knoxville Convention Center for the chance to be awarded “Best in Show” at the 96th Annual American Spaniel Club (ASC) Flushing Spaniel Show, Jan. 1, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Jan. 2-3 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

At the event’s fifth year in Knoxville, hundreds of spaniels will compete by breed in several categories, including junior showmanship (ages 8-18), obedience, conformation and rally. Dogs and their handlers are expected from all over the world, including Australia, England, Japan and Denmark.

Besides the grand award of “Best in Show,” dogs also will be selected in the categories of “Best Veteran in Show,” “Best Puppy in Show,” “Best Bred-by Exhibitor in Show” and “Best Owner Handled in Show.”

“We’re thrilled each year to host hundreds of top spaniels and handlers,” said Mary Bogert, general manager of the Knoxville Convention Center. “To be part of such a longstanding and competitive sporting event is an honor.”

The American Spaniel Club is the country’s premier organization for the promotion of the health and welfare of the spaniel breed.