Samoyed Firsts



  • The FIRST CANADIAN BRED SAMOYEDS were born on October 29, 1928. This was also the first litter to be registered in Canada. The sire was Jack Frost of Farningham (imp) 60835, and the dam was Sasha of Yurak 46467. The breeder was R. Anson Cartwright. The litter consisted  of 5 males and 1 female.
  • The FIRST REPORTED SAMOYED REGISTERED IN CANADA was Can. Ch. Kotick, born February 5, 1924.
    •  Out of this litter came the FIRST CANADIAN BRED CHAMPION. He was Ch. Disko 77647, owned by A.H.C. Proctor of Toronto, at the National Kennel Club Show in 1932. He took a 4 point win. In 1933 at the Montreal Kennel Association Show he took a 5 point win and another 4 point win York Kennel Club Show to finish his title.
  • The FIRST SAMOYED TO WIN A GROUP IN CANADA was Ch. Leatushka’s Laska 160989. He won 2 group firsts in 1941. He was bred by A.W. Laird of Wakaw, Saskatchewan, and owned by Mrs. H. Steinmann od Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
  • The FIRST SAMOYED TO WIN A BEST IN SHOW IN CANADA was Ch. Dawn of Samoyland 268052, by Ch. Spark of Altai x Venus of Rhanor. His breeder / owner was Dr. C. Seldon Bezanson. He won this award on June 9, 1951, at the Eastern Cocker Spaniel and Atlantic Beagle Club under judge James W. Trullinger.
  • The FIRST CANADIAN BRED FEMALE SAMOYED TO WIN A BEST IN SHOW IN CANADA was BIS Can Am Ch. Dushanbe’s The One And Only Can Am CD “Spring” was born April 24, 1974. A singleton Puppy, She won her BIS at the Pictou Kennel Club shows under judge Aldon Garland in 1977.
  • The FIRST SAMOYED TO PLACE IN THE TOP TEN WORKING DOGS was Ch. Mister Silver Snowman of Totem 550619, owned by Mrs. Peggy Bishop of Alberni, British Columbia. This dog was also the FIRST TOP WINNING SAM, as the top awards started in 1964. He was the top winning Samoyed for 1964 & 1965. He also was a Best In Show Sam. He placed # 9 in the top ten working in 1965.
  • The FIRST SAMOYED TO RECEIVE A DUAL TITLE was Canadian/American Ch. Kandor Superbus of Kandor II 297433. He was bred and owned by Barbara–Mary Clarke of Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • The FIRST SAMOYED TO RECEIVE AN INTERNATIONAL CACIB Championship was CACIB & Int. Ch. Khingan’s Silver Zavrik. He won Best In Show in Monaco in 1972. Zavrik was bred by Pat & Bill Stonham of Fenwick, Ontario, and owned by Mme. Lacat of France.
  • The FIRST SAMOYED WITH A SLED DOG (SD) TITLE TO OBTAIN AN OBEDIENCE TRIAL CHAMPIONSHIP (OTCH) was OTCH Jasam’s Nan Nuk SD CGN, owned and handled by Tracey Parry (Winterdance Samoyeds) and bred by Jack and Sandra Post (Jasam Samoyeds).  He completed his OTCH under judge Virginia Cummings in October 2003.
  • The FIRST DOG TO SET PAW ON THE SOUTH POLE was a Samoyed, the lead dog of Roald Amundsen’s team, in 1911 (CKC).
  • The FIRST SAMOYED PUPPY TO WIN FIRST IN GROUP was Ch. Spark of Altai “Terry” Born in 1947, Breeder was Mrs. LL Miller, Albuquerque, New Mexico, owned by Dr. C Seldon Bezanson. Terry won 1st in group as a puppy in 1948. He was shown 20 times and took the breed 20 times. He had 7 firsts, 2 seconds, 4 thirds and 2 fourths.
  • The FIRST SAMOYED IN NORTH AMERICA  to earn a FLY BALL DOG TITLE was Ch. Bobmardon’s Splendid Survivor FD in 1988, bred by Dr. Robert and Constance Gaskin, Grimsby, Ont.
  • The FIRST CANADIAN BRED SAMOYED to win BESTER  SCHLITTENHUND ( 1st in group ) at DCNH Specialty in Duren, Germany was Ch. Bobmardon’s Kisba Zoe in 1995, bred By Dr. Robert and Constance Gaskin, Grimsby Ont.
  • The FIRST SAMOYED LITTER IN AUSTRALIA whelped using frozen semen was by BIS, BISS Am Can Ch. Orenopac’s Chaena  Can Am CD ROMC  in 1992, owned by Dr. Robert and Constance Gaskin,Grimsby, Ont.
  • The FIRST ALL SAMOYED SLED TEAM  to be awarded the prestigious  LP3 title  from DCNH in Germany in 1995 had as its “Wheel Dog“ (as part of its  5 dog team) Bobmardon’s Roxy at White Line.
  • The FIRST SAMOYED IN THE USA to be awarded the ADCH title in agility was ADCH MACH Bobmardon’s She who Dares in 2013, bred by Dr. Robert and Constance Gaskin and owned loved and handled by Kylie Bourke of California, USA.
  • The FIRST SAMOYED TO EARN A GCH (before it was changed to GCHEX) was GCh Vanderbilt’s Man Of War. “Manny” . He was also the FIRST to win a RN in 2007, a RA and a RE in 2008 as well as an RAE. Bred by Blair and Judi Elford, he was owned by Linda Johnson.
  • The FIRST SAMOYED IN CANADA TO EARN A DRAFT DOG TITLE was Waydago’s Tango in the Night DD, on June 15 2002 in Abbotsford BC.  Tango was a rescue owned and handled by Alexandra (Day) Lines.
  • The FIRST SAMOYED TO WIN a RAE2, on June 2, 2018, and a RAE3, on May 12 2019, a RM on Sept 15 2019, was GCHEX & CFC CH Dushanbe’s Dreamboat CD RAE5 RM NDD CGN ATD  “Crush”.  Crush was bred and owned by Linda Johnson, Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia.  Crush’s list of firsts for a Samoyed in Canada also include a RAE4, RAE5 and NDD. He is also the first to place in the Top Ten All-Breeds for Rally Obedience in Canada and the first to win the Working Group in Rally Obedience (the last two were for 2021 as was his RAE5).
  • The FIRST SAMOYED TO WIN several HERDING TITLES was Ch. Samodens Cool Shot of Licorice Had Hls SDSs HTADllld HTADls HSAs CGN.   “Buca” was the first Samoyed to be awarded Herding Started (sheep) in 2013, Stockdog Started (sheep) in 2017, Herding Intermediate (sheep) in 2017, and Herding Advanced (ducks) in 2018.
  • The FIRST SAMOYED IN CANADA TO ACHIEVE AN EXPERT TRICK DOG TITLE was Sancha’s Alfio Sings for Lola, owned, loved and handled by Kathleen Morrison.  He got his title in 2020.  He has achieved a number of other Trick Dog firsts since then!
  • The FIRST SAMOYED SPECIALTY to award points in Canada was in 1958. It was hosted by the Canadian Samoyed Club.
  • The FIRST SAMOYED SPECIALTY hosted by the Samoyed Association of Canada was in 1975 in Montreal. BOB was Ch. Bopper-El Toro of Barestone.
  • The FIRST SAMOYED TO WIN the Veterans class at the SCA National 3 consecutive years (1989, 1990 and 1991) was BIS BISS Can Am Ch. Orenopac’s Chaena Can Am CD  ROMC, owned, handled and loved by Bob And Connie Gaskin, Grimsby Ontario.   “Chaena” finished his Can Ch. at 13 months. He was top Samoyed in Canada in 1983, and received his Am. Ch. in 1986. His BISS came at the SAC Nationals in 1988. He qualified for his ROMC having produced 25 Champions. Connie took him in the obedience ring and obtained his Can. CD. Then at 11.5 years of age he received his Am. CD.
  • FENTON (Wally) FREEMAN was a qualified judge who bred under the kennel name SNOGLO.  Some notable dogs of his breeding were Kalina Starbu of Snoglo and Snoglo of the Arctic. He was possibly the first kennel to recognize the genetic involvement in Hip Dysplasia and to x-ray. He was the chief instigator in organizing the Samoyed Association of Canada. Wally passed away Dec. 1975.
  • The FIRST SAMOYED IN THE WORLD to become a Trick Dog Grand Champion was TDGCH Sancha’s Alfio Sings For Lola (Alfie) loved and handled by Kathleen Morrison.  Alfie was bred by Pat and Paul Cummins, Sancha Samoyeds and received his title from Do More With Your Dog and the CKC, 12 April 2021.




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