The year 1986 was history in the making for the British Siberian Husky in the Show Ring. The breed was awarded its first set of Challenge Certificates at Crufts Dog Show on February 7th, and the judge was Sally Leich. The Leich’s were among the first few people to bring Siberians into Britain and are rightly considered among many to be pioneers of the breed in this country.
Ch Zoox Gadzheek owned by Chris McRae won the very first Dog Ticket while Ch Zima Zala Snyegoorachka won the first Bitch Ticket, she was owned by Simon & Sheila Luxmoore. Of course, both dogs were yet to win their title of Champion. Eight sets of Tickets were awarded that first year compared with 27 sets ten years later.
Further history was made in 1986 when the first two British Champions were crowned at The Welsh Kennel Club Champion Show on 16th August, judged by Ana Sanchez. Up until 1972 Siberian Huskies were shown in Any Variety Classes. They were then given their first breed class at The Nordic Open Show where Mr & Mrs Andrews dog, Micnicroc’s Natya, was the first Siberian Husky in Britain to win Best Of Breed. The judge was John Wasley.
1973 saw the first Breed classes at a Championship Show, National Working Breeds. It was then a 13 year wait until Challenge Certificates were finally awarded. (Laurna McKie)