AUTHORS Russell Nancy - USA

NAME: Nancy Russell
STATE: USA

TITLE: What details do you look at (consider/observe) when judging a Malamute.

Nancy Russell - USABIOGRAPHY: Mrs. Russell’s occupations for the past 40 years have been mostly dog related.  She was a Veterinary hospital assistant, the Humane Officer for the town of Lisbon and Village of Sussex for 23 years, a Professional handler for 25 years and an AKC judge for 11 years.   Nancy has had the privilege of judging the Alaskan Malamute National Specialties in the USA, England, Spain, France, Denmark, Czech Republic, Poland, Italy, Sweden, Russia, New Zealand and Australia.

As the owner of Storm Kloud Kennel, the dogs Nancy has bred have obtained various titles: 221 AKC Championships including 145 BIS on 6 Continents, 206 AMCA Working Titles including 41 Working Excellent titles, 61 AKC Obedience titles including the 1st. UDX  Malamute, 34 ROMS.( AMCA Top Producers); 22 WD-ROMS; 3WDX-ROMS (Top Producers of Working Titled Dogs)

From l985 to 2001 dogs Nancy bred were in the Top 10.  Six of those years she was the breeder, owner of the #1 Malamute which was always handled by herself or her daughter, Jeri El-Dissi.

Nancy was the breeder, owner and driver of an International Sled Dog Racing Association (ISDRA) ranked freight racing team in l984 and l985.  All 6 dogs were Champions, 3 became BIS dogs and 5 were Group winners.  Of the 8 Malamutes Nancy presently owns, 6 are Champions, with Working titles.  As a research project, to see if her show dogs could still survive in the Arctic Nancy had a team of 15 dogs run by Professional Musher Jamie Nelson in the l994 Iditarod Race in Alaska.  Nancy feels very strongly that breed function should never be lost in the show dog.

Nancy has served AMCA as President, Vice President, Board Member for 10yrs. and on the following committees:  Color and Markings, Standard Revision, Illustrated Standard, Working Dog Excellent and Judges Education.

Nancy enjoys educating children, new breeders and judges about the Alaskan Malamute.  She does 15 to 20 school programs each year, generally about Arctic sled dogs and the Iditarod Race.  In addition to breed seminars she has conducted handling classes, sled and weight pull training clinics and breeder seminars on several continents.

In the l980’s Nancy imported two Shiba Inu from Japan.  From the 39 puppies bred at Storm Kloud, 20 are AKC Champions, 4 are Group Winners.

Bob and Nancy also had a private zoo which over the years was home to more the 30 different species.  Some of those were trained and seen  in commercials and movies.