It is a great pleasure for me to share the details of the upcoming litter from a pair of tremendous Swedish Elkhounds. Beth is shown at the left with her magnificent Swedish Elkhound, Rico an ancient Jamthund. He is an extremely good male, and Beth and Russ have been awesome about working with me to get a litter with Rico and Kalia.
Beth and Rico, Fall 2015 - : "Hi Merv, quick update, Rico is now 77lbs, doing terrific. We are looking forward to the upcoming litter with Rico and Kalia, he is just an amazing young male, a handful, but all we could wish for."
Ancient Genetics - This will be his first litter in North America – Rico is a full blood Jamthund, he traces back thousands of years to the ancient Swedish Elkhounds from the northern Jamtland regions of Sweden. Over years these dogs made their way throughout the Scandinavian regions. Rico was born in Finland and is a perfect male for Kalia"
We are so excited to have the opportunity to bring together two awesome Swedish Elkhounds. Kalia is an old swedish lineage and we were going to use Takoda with her, but when Russ and Beth mentioned that perhaps we could use Rico, we jumped at the opportunity. This a great pair of young dogs. And Kalia is a big girl, tall and long, she will be maturing out at 60 pounds or more and Rico is a great male for her.
"We couldn't be happier to have a new Swedish Male like Rico available for Kalia. The pups from this pair will be stunning beautiful dogs. There are such a limited amount of bloodlines in North America to get this pairing really is amazing. Kalia and Rico are both outcross lineages to our lines, so its perfect.
The ancient Jamthund dogs date back thousands of years, and Rico is a stunning example of all the best of those great dogs. The old northern Swedish females like Kalia have traveled the Scandanavian regions easily as long, ancestors from long ago will be happy that these two meet here thousands of miles from the old home. They would be thrilled to know the ancient lines will carry forward with an awesome combination .
The big Swedish males like Rico are an awesome dog. They are so personable and great with the handlers. These are hunting dogs that for centuries have traveled with the handler and watched out for them all the way. They are easy moving big fellas, bred for the deeper snow and bog areas. Rico is a perfect example of the qualities that the old breeders were striving for. These big fellas are calm and steady, easy going nice males. But put them into the bush and they love it. Big males like Rico have a ton of stamina, have incredible hunting skills bred for centuries. These are the dogs of the Swedish military, and of course, the National Dog of Sweden. This my friend, this is an Elkhound.
Kalia is a very good working female. This is a female who from a pup has been wondering around the mountains with me. She always is paying attention to what is happening around her, a very alert female. Kalia is a tough female, she doesn't like any of the other dogs putting pressure on her to do something she doesn't want, but she is also not wanting to cause any trouble. This is my kind of Elkhound.
Kalia has the personable nature always present in the Swedish elkhounds. They want to spend time working with you, be around you, basically if they could spend all the time with you they would. That is the nature of these great dogs.
Rico has a true hunting heritage. All the breeders in the old country are very focused on raising extremely good hunting dogs. It has been only a short while in the life of the Swedish Elkhound that the "Jamthund Breed" was officially recognized in 1946, but the breed dates back centuries earlier. Beliefs are strongly held that the Swedish Elkhound is in fact the oldest of the Elkhounds, and quite possibly, the most ancient breed.
These two big young rascals walk around in North America today, looking and acting exactly like their ancient ancestors many thousands of years ago. Although Rico might be thinking looking at those Elk, he might be thinking this hunting here might be WAY easier than I imagined! Too funny.
Kalia has had an excellent instructor her whole life. She has been basically under the wing of Takoda the entire time. She has a connection with him, funny how things work out. Some pups he really likes and takes time to train, Kalia was one of those. Takoda is one of the greatest communicator Elkhounds there is, these skills he not only can pass easily genetically, he can also share and instruct visually.
Kalia is now becoming a very skilled communicator. It takes intelligence way above average to be highly skilled at communication and she has shown to be a very smart girl. She has a ways to go to show up the old boy, but let me say, she is game to try. There is no end to work ethic in Kalia. Pups from her and Rico will be awesome. Super smart, personable, easy to train, Wow, this is a fun time for sure.
Russ is shown here with Rico. I can see the bond both Russ and Beth have with this big fella and he has a great life ahead of him. Rico could not have had better handlers and companions, no doubt.
Marlene and I are very happy to have Beth and Russ as our friends and look forward to a great litter with Rico and Kalia.
Please contact us early about this litter of pups, there are a number spoken for already so please don't hesitate.
This is a further update as of February 17th, 2016
We had a great fun time with Rico and Kalia last Saturday. Beth, Russ and Rico came and we had a terrific day out up near the old ghost town of Phoenix. This is or was, the highest city in Canada at the time, and it's still got a ton of snow, so Rico had a really fun time with his new gal, Kalia.
Rico is going to be an awesome mate for Kalia. She is a big girl but looks dainty and small beside her big fella Rico. He is a big solid young male, 77 pounds now, and is the nicest, kindest fella you could meet. He has such a great personality. Athough he is alert at all times, and with Kalia, she misses nothing, quite the guard female she is, they were paying attention out on the mountain.
Rico is from a super hunting strain, tons of champions in the background of these two, and it's going to be some really great pups that arrive this summer.
I couldn't be happier anticipating this upcoming litter from this young pair. This young male, Rico is a full Jamthund so he has heritage that dates back to the earliest of times with the Elkhound. As the Jamthund is the National dog of Sweden, and I of course have my heritage from Sweden on my Dads side, I am very proud to sit by the big fella shown with me, Rico.
Rico has the characteristic lower light color muzzle and throat area, and when the Swedish Elkhounds first came into the program of registration for the Jamthunds, it only took a few generations of breeding for that lighter throat to appear almost continously. It was a feature that easily came back once the big dogs were part of the association.
Roughly around 1946 things finally got ironed out with all the details, and the Jamthunds became a recognized breed. All the best big Swedish dogs they could find around the different regions that still bred them were enlisted to be the early foundation for the Jamthunds. Not all the Swedish Elkhounds at the time were put into the organization, but those that were all of them, were magnificent animals. As you can see from Rico the genetics of the breed are in great hands as this is a stunning example of a full Jamthund Male. This my friends is an Elkhound!
I have to the left a photo from the summer of 2016 of Rico and Aina. I was over to Finland and had a tremendous visit with the breeders of Rico, Satu and Jani. They were extremely gracious hosts to my brother and I.
I brought home with me young Aina, she is the future of Jamthunds in Canada. Her and Rico will play a extraordinary role in establishing the Jamthunds in Canada/ North America.
Both of these two are the very best there is in the world. I had the great pleasure to meet the famous Feija, grandmother of Rico while I was there, you can check that out here on this page. Master Jamthund Breeders.