Charlotte Craig (Samoravich Samoyeds)
I first fell in love with the Samoyed at only 1 year old, I told my family that I would show my big fluffy white dog at Crufts one day, I was lucky enough to do that in 2000 and much more than I ever dreamed possible in the years since.
I got my first Samoyed in 1996 and added a second in 1999, by then I had begun to enjoy showing and training them for obedience as my male had a very big personality, together we achieved the Kennel Club Good Citizen Gold Award.
Another two Samoyeds joined the family and I bred my first litter under the Samoravich affix in 2005.
I have handled my own dogs to Champion titles in many countries and also Best Puppy at Crufts in 2014 and the Reserve CC at Crufts in 2017
In 2013 our young import boy won Samoyed of The Year and also Samoyed Puppy of The Year, becoming the youngest to win both the Puppy and Adult competition and also being the first imported dog to do so. We won the Title of Samoyed of The Year for a second time in 2015.
I have been lucky enough to handle some of the top winning dogs at shows across Europe and in the UK and handled at my first FCI show in 2003.
In addition to the Samoyeds together with my partner I have owned and handled many Japanese Shiba Inu, making breed history in the UK by obtaining all 3 breed titles with our female in 2010
I also handled a Japanese Akita Inu to breed history in the UK in 2013 being the first JAI puppy to win a group placing at Championship level.
I began judging the Samoyed in 2001 and since then have judged at several Samoyed Speciality shows, Open and General Championship shows in the UK.
I have attended many lectures/talks and breed specialist events and passed all exams to judge at the highest level in the UK.
I believe that as breeders and judges it is our responsibility to maintain and keep the most distinguishing features of the Samoyed as close to the breed standard as possible, to remember the purpose they were used and bred for, and to produce happy, all round family members whilst still maintaining their abilities, instincts and be fit for function.
I consider the invitation to judge at the World Samoyed Meeting to be the greatest honour to date and I very much look forward to meeting you all and judging our beautiful breed.