Interview with Judith M. Russell, 2022 AKC Breeder of the Year & Working Group Honoree
The Siberian Husky is an iconic breed with ancient arctic roots. What is it about the breed that has sustained your interest for so long?
Judith M Russell: The uniqueness of the Siberian Husky has kept me interested throughout all these years. They are smart, funny, affectionate, and athletic as well as beautiful.
Breeding dogs requires the vision of an artist, the curiosity of a scientist, and the commitment of a philosopher. As breeders, do you view yourselves as artists, scientists or philosophers? Maybe you’re a combination of all three?
Judith M Russell: As a breeder, it is necessary to be an artist and to try to imagine the whole picture when selecting dogs to be bred. Our commitment is to produce a genetically healthy, good-looking Siberian with a friendly and cooperative temperament. Being a scientist is helpful. We try to breed dogs with our heads and not our hearts.
As a breeder, it is necessary to be an artist and to try to imagine the whole picture when selecting dogs to be bred.
In dogs, selection is key. How do you select your sire and dam combinations? How do you select which puppies will enjoy a career in the show ring?
Judith M Russell: We do not breed dogs with the “show ring” as the ultimate goal. We try for breed type, temperament, and attitude as well as genetic health. If the dog wants to be a “show dog,” so much the better. When selecting pairs to be bred, we pay close attention to the grandparents.
The Breed Standard is the preservation breeder’s most essential tool. What are your thoughts on the importance of breeding to the Standard and presenting the breed in the ring accordingly?
It is very important to breed to the Standard. That is what dog breeding is all about.
Today’s breeders have found themselves on the defensive from public criticism and from legislative proposals that would restrict breeding practices. In your opinion, what can preservation breeders do to counter the anti-purebred rhetoric that has taken hold in this country?
Judith M Russell: There will always be anti-dog breeding people. We just try to do a good job.
Are you looking for a Siberian Husky puppy?
The best way to ensure a long and happy relationship with a purebred dog is to purchase one from a responsible breeder. Not sure where to begin finding a breeder? Contact the National Parent Club’s Breeder Referral person, which you can find on the AKC Breeder Referral Contacts page.
Want to help rescue and re-home a Siberian Husky dog?
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