Azteca | Joan Liebes

Azteca | Joan Liebes

Interview with Working Group Breeder Joan Liebes

I purchased my first Samoyed and attended my first dog show in 1968. Along with my mother, Paula, and sisters, Laura and Connie, we have bred 80-plus champions under the Azteca prefix; and owned another 16 champions. Our dogs have sired 40-plus champions.

Our most successful-winning Sammy was MBIS, MBISS CH Sitkin’s Simply Scrumptious (Scarlett). She won 150-plus Best of Breeds, 70-plus Group Placements, 7 BISS, and 1990 SCA BOS & Brood Bitch Winner. MBIS, MBISS GCHS Azteca’s Triple Seven (Jett) won Best of Breed at the 2012 Samoyed Club of America. He also won another BIS from the Veterans Class in May of 2017 at age nine. Litter sister, GCHS Azteca’s Pink Camillia, was the #2 Samoyed Bitch in 2012. MRBIS, MBISS, GCHG Azteca’s Red October (Sean) was the SCA #2 Samoyed Male for 2018 & 2019. RBIS, Multi-Group GCHG Azteca’s John Denver, owned by Connie Rudd, was #3 Samoyed All-Systems for 2021.

I began judging in 1996 and I adjudicate the Working, Herding, Non-Sporting, and Toy Groups, 17 Sporting breeds, five Hound breeds, Juniors, and Best in Show. I judged Intersex at the Samoyed Club of America in 1999, Bitches in 2007, and Intersex in 2013. Internationally, I have judged Samoyed Specialties in Spain, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland. In 2013, I went to Beijing with the American Kennel Club’s Global Service Program to teach about the Northern breeds.

I am an active member of the Woofstock Cluster, Evergreen Kennel Club, Colorado Springs KC, Samoyed Club of America (past Judge’s Education Chairman and current Illustrated Standard member), and the Northern California Samoyed Fanciers.

My husband, Eric, and I relocated to Peyton, Colorado, six years ago. We have eight dogs (Komondor, Ibizan Hound, and Samoyeds), one Thoroughbred Hunter mare, an eight-month-old Hanoverian filly, a Connemara hunter in training, and a very pregnant Connemara. My education includes a BS Physiology, MS Physiology, and an MBA Finance.

Where do I live? How many years in dogs? How many years as a breeder?
Joan Liebes: I live in Peyton, Colorado. I’ve been in dogs for 50-plus years and I’ve been a breeder for 40-plus years.

What is my kennel name? How many dogs do I currently keep?
Joan Liebes: Our kennel name is Azteca; five Samoyeds, two Komondorok, and one Ibizan Hound.

Which show dogs from the past have been my noteworthy winners?
Joan Liebes: Noteworthy winners include MBIS MBISS CH Sitkin’s Simply Scrumpti