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Snow Dogs Loving It

So those little rascals I am talking about just below in the image with GAEDA, they are loving it now. We have our snow finally, it was a little later coming but it's here so all the dogs are ecstatic of course. Especially the brand new rascals. They think it is some awesome.

GAEDA and Pups, Takoda Litter 2
GAEDA and her pups and I  - November 19th 2014
GAEDA has a really awesome group of pups here. Some of the most communicative little rascals I have encountered ever. These are Takoda's pups, 3 big fellas, 1 big girl. GAEDA does such an excellent job with her pups, they are so well looked after. Two of the boys are big Silver boys, and 1 is all Black pretty much. The female is dark as can be. All big and strong and healthy. Two of the big Silver boys are now available, as the folks that were taking them needed to move to a later litter. So if you were ever wanting a great Elkhound male, or a pair of big boys, this is the pair. I will show some more details below and on the pup page.

Takoda at 7
Takoda ever watchful

At 7 years Takoda is in his prime. This is a tremendous Elkhound Male. You could search your entire life through thousands of dogs to come across a dog with the range of instinctive skill he has. There is zero doubt why all the Elkhounds featured on this site are an absolutely amazing collection. Virtually every pup featured on this site stems in way or another from Takoda. He is in magnificent shape, he loves this mountain home. This is his element. Takoda is a big fella. Running over 70 lbs almost all the time, still can't fit Jaegar's collar on Takoda without making it bigger. So that gives you an idea of the size of Takoda, as Jaegar is huge. Jaegar tried his best the other day to get the upper hand on his Dad, no luck with that yet. Takoda still rules. You need to be two parts Cougar, 1 Part Grizzly, with some Wolf and Wolverine thrown in to best Takoda I think, and even then maybe not. This my friends, This is my best Elkhound and my best Friend.

Tekla and Tuva
Tekla and Tuva - Kamp in the background November 2014

These two females are some fancy, let me say. What a tremendous young pair of females. Tuva is closest to us, with Tekla just in front. Both are sisters from the last litter from Kamp and Bram. We are very proud of these two, they are outstanding young Norwegian Elkhound females at only 12 weeks old in this photo.

Mia, Female Elkhound, Kamia Kennels
Mia, Female Elkhound 8 Years Old -  Photo Taken November 11, 2013

There is no place better suited to Elkhounds as far as Mia is concerned. She truly is flourishing in our new environment. She loves this place. She is bouncing around like a pup, scrambling up the mountains, under trees, in the snow, she just thinks this is the greatest. Our new place has fresh snow now, it's still quite mild, not very cold, and it's light fluffy snow. Our hikes are very nice to take. Mia is the mother to Jaegar, directly below and Tora above.

Jaegar Elkhound Male
Jaegar, Male Elkhound - Kamia Kennels - Will Be 3 In The Spring
I took this photo a year ago, so Jaegar will be four in spring 2015. I have some current images below as well of him. He is a massive big fella now, thick and powerful. What a tremendous Male. He is such a great guy, always wants to have some fun, do some hikes, play around, a good natured big fella, except to other males and strays. He is no friend to them, and he is not fooling around if your a stray and come through his turf, good luck. He is a very serious watch dog, nothing escapes him. This is as good an Elkhound male as there is in North America.

The Norwegian Elkhound, an ancient breed with history dating back thousands of years, is a powerful, dominant and loyal companion for any family.

Norwegian Elkhounds have been used to hunt & guard for centuries, they have remained virtually unchanged, providing the companionship and loyal protective traits so well known by our ancestors still today, even though some roles perhaps have changed for them.


Elkhound Traits:

  • Strong Willed ( "Yet very trainable" )
  • Healthy and Strong
    • Virtually no eye, ear or feet problems
    • Fast and quick, very agile, compact and powerful
    • Beautiful Double Coat:
      • Thick warm inner layer, coarse water repellent outer layer
    • Tightly Curled Tail
    • Litter size 8 average
    • These dogs have a No Odour Coat - no wet smell
  • Excellent Winter Dog - these dogs love snow
  • Very Territorial - Norwegian Elkhounds make excellent watch and guard or personal protection dogs
  • Outstanding Family Dogs -  ( these dogs bond to a family and make terrific companions )
  • Full Exercise Required: these are high energy dogs, they need lots of room and lots of exercise
  • Barking is Instinctive: these dogs alert you if anything comes into the territory, they bark and are loud, excellent as watch dogs.

The history of an Elkhound clearly indicates a use in hunting and protection, this trait is still foremost as these dogs have changed little if at all. Used to slow down and distract large game by barking and moving in circles around the game, the dogs were essential to the success of any hunt. They're agile and powerful features made them able to remain out of harms way in rugged terrain, yet keep up and in fact bay large Moose and hold them at bay. The barking and circling were two very effective methods to allow the hunter to get in close undetected as the game was distracted and constantly having to focus on the dogs.


Elkhounds have been protective and courageous and use these traits in this role. It is fascinating to watch a pair of Elkhounds with an intruder, they move extremely fast, they circle, the hair is up the entire length of the back, the bark is loud, the black face and especially the black around the jaws highlight the white fangs. These dogs are an excellent watch dog, guard dog, or personal protection dog.


Elkhounds will watch over the family unit as one - they make one of the best choices for a family who wants a loyal companion. Norwegian Elkhounds are not normally overly aggressive to strangers, however they are aloof to those not part of the family unit. To the family unit though they are as warm and as much apart of your life as you want them to be.


Jaegar and Tora and I will GAEDA's pups

Jaegar and Tora, Check out Takoda and GAEDA's  pups - November 2014

The four little pups are having some fun with their half brother and half sister, Jaegar and Tora. All six of these Elkhounds are out of Takoda. Check out the big black boy coming down the hill. That is an old world Elkhound that boy, pure bear hunter that rascal. Those big Silver boys up by Jaegar are sure thinking he ain't so big, I think I'll be bigger. The young female under Tora she sure is happy to play around with her sister. It's pretty neat to have a fun time with all these guys these days. The two big silver males are now available. If you ever wanted a superior Elkhound, well now is your chance, there will be no better Elkhounds that these two big boys, they are my friends some seriously good ancient Elkhounds.

Snow Kennels Now

A couple of snow falls and it's a different scene up here now than that photo above. We get a ton of snow up here, I most likely will get 3 or 4 feet like last year. Great place for Snow Dogs!



Tuva and Kalia, Elkhound Females 

Tuva and Kalia - Female Elkhounds - Kamia Kennels November 2014

Tuva sits here with Kalia, two of our best young females. Tuva is a tremendous young Norway type and Kalia, a very large superior Swedish type. Kalia stands as tall as Tora at six months, almost the same size as GAEDA is overall, and will easily be our largest female when mature. She will have a litter with Takoda in a couple years. She is a very dark female, nice to be around, super protective of me already, funny to watch those Swedish traits come rushing out. Tuva and Tekla really like to play with Kalia, she is easy going with them and enjoys the company.

Kalia and Kai, with Tuva, Kamia Kennels

Kalia Left, Kai Right, Tuva in the background - Late Fall 2014

Kalia and Kai get along great. They are great pals. These are two very good young females in the bush. They are fast, agile, they listen well, and are superior working Elkhounds. Kai of course is the most agile dog I have seen, she is the last daughter of Tora. A grandaughter of Mia and Takoda, and her half sisters Tuva and Tekla are both here with her. She is an outstanding female. She has a ton of the old protective traits from both her grandfather Takoda and her dad Bram. She is a very dark female, as both Takoda and Bram are the dark boys. She is tough, a real little scrapper. She battles with Tora every day, testing her skills against her mother, who is not one to let her get off easy, for a fact. Out hiking I can take all my dogs offleash, young, old, doesn't matter, these dogs all have outstanding recall instincts. Kai and Kalia have only had a leash on twice each so really have no clue what a leash is. Tuva and Tekla, same will occur with them. Great recall is in the dna, it's not something you need to really train, just bring to the surface. They instinctively want to do it.


Kai November 28 2014, Kamia Kennels

Directly above is Kai, as you can see, she is our most agile female. She can jump on anything she puts her mind to. 


Merv and Takoda's Pups 2014

4 of GAEDA and Takoda's pups and I

We have had the pleasure to raise some of the nicest Elkhounds and meet some of the greatest folks who have them. I truly enjoy working with these dogs. This young group is one of the sharpest most communicative attentive young pups I have worked with. They are a calm steady bunch. They pay attention to what I say and do. Follow along and want to work already, and they are 4 weeks old. One thing about the old boy Takoda, he can pass down that communication and personable nature to the handler like no other Elkhound. There are 2 Big Silver Males, 1 Big Black Male and a really Dark Female. These are fearless rascals, they have great barks already, stout and strong. Healthy as can be. As nice a group as we have had They will be one of the best companions a person could have. These my friends, these are why we raise Elkhounds.


We look forward to talking with you, and hope to share some stories on Elkhounds, be sure to touch base, Sincerely, Merv Carlson.