Insights from Nancy Russell – Working Group AKC Judge

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Interview with Nancy Russell – Working Group AKC Judge


Where do I live? How many years in dogs? How many years as an AKC judge?

Nancy Russell: I now live 18 miles west of Walsenburg, Colorado, in the mountains with all kinds of wildlife in my backyard. I purchased my first AKC registered Alaskan Malamute in 1964, and I have been judging 22 years.


What is my original breed? What is/was my kennel name?

Nancy Russell: My original breed was the Alaskan Malamute, and I still have two older ones today. I started out with a kennel name of Timberlane and had 20 champions with that name. However, BIS BISS Am. Can. Mex. Int. Ch. Glaciers’ Storm Kloud CD ROM ROM-CD ROM-WD became so well-known that we changed the kennel name to Storm Kloud. There are 237 champions with that kennel name, and more than 250 AMCA Working Titles.

Nancy Russell
Nancy Russell – Working Group AKC Judge


Have I judged any Working Breed/Group Specialties?

Nancy Russell: I have judged Specialties in 10 different Working Breeds and judged all of the breeds in seven Working Club shows.


Are there specific qualities I admire most in the Working Breeds?

Nancy Russell: Working Breeds, in general, are very adaptable. They want a job and they want to please, so anything you want to teach them they are willing to try. Working Breeds often put their own ideas on how to do this activity, but this makes them fun to work with. The