Once again it our sad duty to report the passing of one of our great dog people, Chow Chow breeder and AKC judge Dr Samuel Draper. Although Dr Draper’s interest in Chows dated back to the early 1930s, his first show dog was a Cairn Terrier. After serving in the Army during World War II, he met Joel Marston of Starcrest Chows and began his long association with Chow Chows. Among his first successful show dogs was CH Ah Sid the Avant-Garde , who won 18 Group firsts and the National Speciality in 1966. Dr Draper co-owned Ch. Eastward Liontamer of Elster, a top-winning Chow who went on to sire 32 champions.
In 1967 Dr Draper teamed up with Desmond "Desi" Murphy and proceeded to breed under the Liontamer banner some of the most important Chows in the history of the breed, collecting more than 60 all-bred Best in Shows. The two of them wrote extensively and gave multiple seminars on the Chow Chow. Dr Draper was the co-author of two comprehensive books on the breed: The Book of the Chow Chow and The World of the Chow Chow.
He was approved to judge Chows in 1971 and was approved to judge the Non-Sporting, Toy, and Terrier groups, and several sporting breeds. Dr Draper judged the Non-Sporting Group at the 2002 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. A longtime AKC delegate from the Chow Chow Club and judge of the club's 1986 national specialty, Dr Draper played key roles in the Westchester, Tuxedo, and Saw Mill Kennel Clubs, and the Westbury Kennel Association.
Our condolences to Desi and all of Dr Draper’s family and friends.