I have been involved with AKC purebred Samoyed dogs since 1969. I raised my first Samoyed litter in 1971. The dogs I have now are all descended from the bitch that whelped that first litter, Mischa of Baymar.  (You can see Mischa’s picture on the ABAKAN dogs: 1970-1990 page.)

My focus has been on maintaining breed type and structure, with particular emphasis on maintaining proper leg to height ratio. By running each successive generation in harness, as well, I have selected for robust health, agility and athleticism, good muscling and muscle-mass, the ability to run without overheating, and the willingness to get along in a group.  I  have also selected for intelligence and pleasant temperament. I have raised and worked the dogs in California, Arizona, E. Washington state, Wyoming, W. Colorado, NE Arkansas, and now in SE Colorado.

All of the Samoyeds bred by ABAKAN are certified clear of hip dysplasia and all hereditary eye diseases. Eleven generations of Samoyeds bred by ABAKAN have now received OFA and CERF/OFA eye clearances.  See each dog’s individual listing for OFA rating and CERF or OFA eye info.

ABAKAN Samoyeds have received numerous awards, championships and working titles. Currently 12 Abakan bred Sams hold Samoyed Club of America Working titles. Memorable awards:

Abakan San-We-Tlah II(Speaker) was awarded 4th in Open Dog at the 1985 Samoyed Club of America National Specialty handled by Katie Carter, Elmfield Samoyeds.

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Speaker’s daughter, Ch. Elmfield’s Saratoga Sage(Toga) won the Brood Bitch class at the 1991 Samoyed Club of America National Specialty with her sons, Ch. Saratoga’s Speed of Sound BISS, ROMX(Mach), and Ch. Saratoga’s Sonic Boom WSX(Boomer). This achievement was coordinated by Heidi Neiman of Saratoga Samoyeds, who handled Toga to her championship and who bred both Mach and Boomer.

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Ch. Abakan Frontiersman WSX, HIC(Boone) was awarded Winners Dog and an Award of Merit at the 1999 Samoyed Club of America National Specialty. Handled by his co-owner Donna Dannen of Tundra Winds Samoyeds.

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Boone’s sister, Abakan WhiteStar of Tundra Winds WSXM, HIC, RN(Kachina) won the Veteran Sweepstakes at the 2009 Denver Samoyed Association Specialty. This win was especially notable as Kachina, at over 12 years of age, was the oldest Samoyed entered, and was competing against other Samoyeds that were almost half her age. Kachina was handled by her co-owner, Anne O’Neill, of WhiteStar Samoyeds


Bridger(Abakan Mountain Man) earned Best Puppy in Sweepstakes, Feb. 2015 at the Peak to Peak Working Dog show(DSA Supported entry), handled by Rachel Paulson.


Other notable and memorable awards for me personally:

Abakan’s Samarka Bok Choy WDX(Bok) earned his weight pull title in 4 consecutive pulls with two pulls of over 1000 pounds, which was over 25 times his body weight. For two of these pulls he also earned the Best Percentage Pull distinction, meaning that the weight he pulled was a greater percentage of his weight than any other dog at the pull. I had the exciting position of handling Bok for these pulls.

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Abakan Nahanni Waiya WSX(Tanni) earned her WSX working title from the Samoyed Club of America at over 10 years of age. She earned all her working points running in harness…either pulling a cart or pulling me on the bike.

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Bok’s son, Nor. Ch. Abakan Komolungma(Kuma) participated in and completed the Femundlopet in Norway, which at that time was 350 miles. He ran on the Etah Samoyed sled team, driven by Maj-Brith Gyth. Kuma’s grandsons, Obraz and Opor completed the 2007 Serum Run in Alaska on Don Duncan’s Seaview Samoyed sled team. This run was an expedition of about 770 miles.



See more about the ABAKAN dogs on the “sled dogs in action”  and the “Working Titlists” pages here.

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