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Elkhound Puppies - Breeding Update April 11th, 2018

MÅNE out playing with a few of his pups

MANE and a few of his first litter pupsMÅNE is shown here with his two dark daughters, Cosima and Freya, and his stout young son, Shaka. These are some of the 6 pups he had with Kalia February 11th.

They are all heading out to their new homes this week and he is giving them a few heads up tips on how to behave when they get there. He has proven to be an outstanding young sire and we are super proud of these young pups. The entire litter has been truly outstanding.

Kalia and her son Tucker

MANE and Kalia - Ancient Elkhound Lineages New PupsWe are so excited for the families getting the MÅNE and Kalia pups. They are phenomenal young Norwegian Elkhounds.

Kalia is out here on April 10th giving a few last minute instructions to young Tucker, one of the stunning young males a few tips and pointers. I am sure she is reminding him to mind his manners, keep his pen clean, at all times keep an eye on his handler.

Tucker is an amazingly personable young male, he reminds me so much of his dad. What an incredible young fella. He has a ton, and a I mean a ton of his mom's alert behaviour as well though. Kalia puts in some really great qualities into her pups and they are all magnificent. Tucker is going home this morning and he will be hiking the BC regions with his new handler John and watching out for him. It's a big fun time now. All this litter will be heading home this week except for Tófa and RÅNE. They are here with me yet for Desna work.

Tófa Norwegian Elkhound Female - Daughter of MÅNE and Kalia

MANE and Kalia - Norwegian Elkhound Pup TofaTófa is one of the 4 stunning young female Norwegian Elkhound pups that these two had. She is just this amazing representation of all the qualities that the old breeders wanted to see in a young Norwegian Elkhound. I'll be sharing a lot of the details on this pup, the quality that she and her siblings have exhibited over the next while as she is here for our Desna Training Program.

You can go anywhere you wish in the world and search for quality Norwegian Elkhounds, but it will be a rare day, if ever anymore that you will find pups to equal this litter, or this young female.

Tófa my friends, she is a serious Elkhound!

I have a New great video of the Kalia and MÅNE pups at 8 weeks now.


New Jämthund Litter From Aina and Rico Is Here!

Aina Jamthund Female and her son ARKI am very happy to share the news that we have the first Jamthund Male pup now here at the kennel. This is an awesome fella, his name is Ark. As he is the original Jämthund now in Canada, we figured that we best name him after that, and also the 3 main reasons he is now running around this country, Aina, Rico and Kamia.

He is growing super fast already as he is the only one there. Aina must have figured, best test out this Canada Jämthund thing with one ancient big rascal first before getting too carried away. Too funny.

This is the first Jämthund Male Pup born in Canada - How Exciting!

We could not have done this without the help of Russ and Beth, so hats off to both of them for working with us to get this accomplished. They have done an amazing job with Rico, he is such a joy to work with.

Needless to say, but I will anyway, the folks that have been waiting unfortunately have to wait a bit longer. As Aina is going to be having a fairly light load of nursing only ARK, she will be bred again when she cycles. So the folks will have to wait for litter two unfortunately.

Rico Jamthund MaleRico - Jämthund Male - January 2018

The big fella Rico shown here was so excited the entire time he was here as of course finally Aina was cycling. Now Aina she loves this fella of course. Her and Rico have been fast friends from the day she arrived.

Beth and Russ have done an incredible job with this rascal, he would be a much larger handful had they not given him such great attention and worked with him so much. He is a dream to handle, even with females in full heat literally all around him. 

Rico Jamthund Male Aina Jamthund FemaleThis litter as all of you know is a particularly big deal for me. I am truly excited about the potential for the Jämthunds to be firmly established here in Canada. Russ and Beth are very committed to assisting me and it's been a true pleasure working with them.

Of course Ossi, the breeder of Aina is very excited, and Satu the breeder of Rico is doubly excited as well. They have contributed two of the very best in the Jämthund world to establish this program and my hat is off to them.

I was really pleased that Ashten was here to give me a hand and have the opportunity to spend time with Rico and Aina together out in the remote regions with me. She is behind the camera of course on these images. She is here now as I am updating this helping me with Aina and ARK.

These two big Swedish Elkhounds are  at home in this environment much more than you can ever express in words. To see them working in the wilderness is magical for sure. Back in Sweden, far up in the remote Jamtland region the early ancient ancestors of these two would be very happy for them, no doubt about that. They also of course would be some pleased there is now a True Canadian Born Jämthund Male soon to be running the snow covered trails. Bear, Moose, best watch out ARK is here!

New Norwegian Elkhound Litter from Kai and Pretty Boy Leif is here!

Norwegian Elkhound Kai and Nine Puppies Kai is a very proud and happy Moma, 9 Super Rascals in that litter

Kai and Leif have combined once more to produce an outstanding litter of Norwegian Elkhound puppies. Kai had 9 little fat rascals this time around, she is following right along in her mom's footsteps. Kai is magnificent, a truely outstanding Norwegian Elkhound. I can't say enough great things about her. Her mothering instinct is by far the very best of all our dogs. Absolutely incredible watching her care for her pups.

I took this photo 2 hours after the last pup came out, a really nice litter, they were all content and resting, they have big fat bellies already. Some very happy families out there oh my!

Norwegian Elkhound Kai and Nine PuppiesI took this photo on the 8th, they are one week old now. Growing super fast. They take turns nursing, it's like shift nursing. 3 and 6 or 4 and 5, super funny to watch.

Kai is eating 5 times a day, super big amounts each time, she is doing fantastic so far. These little rascals have a great Mom!


I'll get a new photo of Leif next day or so as he has his chest way out, too funny! But I have the great photo below of him from just a few weeks ago when he was showing off. I am extremely proud of Leif, he was my first import from the "Show Norwegian Elkhound Stud Pretty Boy LeifGenetics" and he has adapted very well into this rugged lifestyle. If his show brothers could see him on the forest fringe guarding his pups they would be soo impressed. They wouldn't even believe it's him. If Leif walked into a show today he would win it all. Ribbons, prizes, awards, championships, best in shows, he would own the the show circuit, no doubt!

I took this photo to the left on February 14th, 2018, what a great young Male Norwegian Elkhound. There is no doubt he is an awesome stud dog, this is a seriously good litter with Kai that we are so excited to have for the folks waiting.


Norwegian Elkhound Stud Pretty Boy LeifI took this photo March 3rd 2018 of Leif, out with Tekla and the sons they had from last litter, Vitnir and Viking, along with daugther Velma. I had Luna and MÅNE along on this hike as well. They are all, and I mean all stunning Norwegian Elkhounds.

It was so neat really to see Tekla with her offspring from the previous litter with Takoda, who are MÅNE and Luna, out playing and teaching her new pups with Leif, Vitnir, Viking and Velma. The snow was fresh, the snow was out, deep fluffy power, we all had a blast. What a great time. It's also so fantastic that I can run Leif and MÅNE together, I can't express how great that is.

Norwegian Elkhound Sons of Leif and TeklaViking and Vitnir are heading home tomorrow, they are magnificent young Norwegian Elkhounds. I took this photo April 1st 2018. They are truly awesome male pups.

These are sons from Leif and Kai's sister, Tekla. This is what's coming in that litter above of Kai's. I am so proud of these all these dogs, my goodness they are amazing.

I had a fun time going from Aina's pen with Ark, over to Kai's pen with her 9, I have MANE and Kalia's 6 here also, and the three remaining from Tekla/Leif, Viking, Vitnir and Velma.

How Cool Is That!


Pepper - Daughter of Kai and Leif from the previous litter

Norwegian Elkhound Female, Pepper Daughter of KaiI have to say the photos that Harold takes are magnificent. He is a camera pro and gets these stunning images of his family with their Beautiful Norwegian Elkhound Pepper. A stunning daughter of Kai and Pretty Boy Leif.

Stephanie is shown here with Issac and Eli and Pepper out on a great walk. These are such great folks, I really enjoyed the visits we had, they came out when the pups were little and spent time with Pepper, they keep us posted on her developments, what a great pleasure to work with families like this.

 Norwegian Elkhound Female, Pepper Daughter of Kai

Harold let me know the other day that they have Pepper in high level obedience training and she is a Rock Star. Nobody is doubting that, Kai is her mother, go figure!

They have some very cool images of the training they have been putting her through, very intensive, car washes, horses, parks, tons of other dogs, none of which are anything much to look at compared to that beauty Pepper, but just the same, pretty nice pals for her. I have a fat head about Kamia Elkhounds as you probably already know, there is nothing wrong with the other dogs, just poking fun at them. They are all great. They just wish they could be Elkhounds. 

Norwegian Elkhound Female, Pepper Daughter of LeifIt's really great to see that Stephanie and Harold are putting in the effort and time to get young Pepper to be all she can be. She is a famous GQ Norwegian Elkhound as you all know, her ancestors have graced the biggest dog stage of all time, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog show. As you may or may not recall, Peppers great lineage has the "Only Norwegian Elkhound" to ever win that Prestigeous Show. Top Dog, All Breeds!

It's no doubt this trainer knows the genetic background of this masterpiece young female he is working with, she has his instructions figured, no doubt!

Norwegian Elkhound Female, Pepper Daughter of KaiSo hats off to Stephanie and Harold, the boys, awesome job with that rascal. She is a showstopper no kidding.

So great to see her out and about, strutting her stuff, her famous ancestors over in Norway, of course there is as you all know a lineage of hunting Norwegian Elkhounds extrodinaire. But did I happen to mention now that I am seeing this Pepper in all her glory showing off her heritage, that on her Mom's side there just happens to be one of the elite Norwegian Kennel Klub Show Winners as Well! Of all the shows to win, that is the One.

So young Pepper, as well as all those 9 pups in that brand new litter, they have a storied heritage like no other Elkhounds in North America, and young Pepper she is proud of her ancestors and she has a little bit of an attitude don't you think, shall we say a "Fat Head", wonder where she gets that.

Way to go Harold and Stephanie, keep us posted. What a Rock Star you have!


Leif and Tekla, along with sons Vitnir and Viking, Daughter Velma, and MANE and Luna


Maya - Daughter of Kai and Leif - First Litter

Maya - Daughter of Kai and LeifA short while back I got this terrific update from Bryce. He has this incredible daughter of Kai and Leif from the first litter they had. I sure love to get this feedback on these females as they grow and develop. I want to Thank Bryce for the great home that Maya has, all the fun she has out in Alberta, and of course for the confidence in our program and our dogs.

"Hey Merv!

I have to apologize for getting back to you so late. My intentions were to get in touch before new years but my best friend has been keeping me busy!
Maya - Daughter of Kai and LeifMaya is such a blessing. I can't describe how much I am in awe over her. Never did I think a dog could reach this caliber. Calm as a cucumber yet bolder that a pickle, quick as a whip and smart as can be.. just incredible!
Now let me tell you Merv I don't need anyone reminding me of how awesome Maya is, but the sheer amount of compliments I get for both her temperament and looks are astonishing. I've never been more proud in my life!
You've brought me the perfect companion and I can't thank you enough Merv.
Here are some pictures I've gathered. My mom got a little shih Tzu a few weeks earlier so they are together in a few photos. They are such good friends. Shoot that little things bites Maya harder than Maya bites her (incredible manners and respect trophy goes to Maya for sure).
Thank you for keeping in touch, and thank you so very much for my best friend."


I recently got another great update from Erinn and Nate on Coho, this gives you an idea of how well those boys of Kai develop in a year. Coho is shown in this awesome photo at 1 year of age with Erinn and Nate. A huge thank you to Nate and Erinn for the great life and home that Coho has. Is that a fantastic Elkhound Male or What? Wow!

I put up a brand new page for Coho testing out my new design to showcase a few of these awesome dogs, check it out!

Coho - Son of Kai and Hachi (click to view)

Nate, Erinn and Coho, Son of Kai"Hi Merv,

Thanks for the Birthday wishes for Coho. We figured the best way to celebrate his first birthday would be to take him back country snowboarding at Mount Baker. Coho is an awesome hiker and snow dog, everyone can tell he is in his element in the snow. We have also been trying out skijoring and he has been great, we sometimes have to keep him focused though. Coho gives nothing but smiles on the trail and he gets smiles in return. We couldn't be happier with him!!

Attached are some photos from his birthday!

Nate and Erinn."

This my friends, this is a Norwegian Elkhound!

The big fella himself, Mr. GQ, Jaegar Man is here now!

Jaegar Norwegian Elkhound MaleNow In the world of ancient elkhounds few are left like this big fella. This is a full tilt big Rock Star Male, Jaegar Man himself. He is a full GQ big boy, good in the city, parks, stores, planes, you name it, yet can tree a black bear the same afternoon as strolling through the park that morning.

He is busy strutting around here now as he is the next match for Tekla. Both Leif and MANE as you know have pups on the ground here, so they are putting a little bit of pressure on Jaegar now to back up his big talk again. Jaegar is up for it, no kidding. The match up with Tekla is going to be so spectacular. What an awesome pair of Elkhounds.

A while back I got a real nice update from Linda, she has a daughter of Jaegar and Kalia down in the Northwoods of Wisconsin a tremendous location for one of these rascals.

Norwegian Elkhound Female Bergen Daughter of Jaegar "Dear Merv,

Greetings! Sorry for delay in response. Bergen is doing very well. She has gotten a lot bigger and is now at 32lbs. She loves it up here in the Northwoods of Wisconsin and I think it is a good place for her. We do quite a bit of snowshoeing and x-country skiing together. I will be curious to see how she does once the lake thaws in the spring. Maybe she will be a water do as well as a snow dog? I have attached some photos.

All the best to you and yours,


Linda, thank you so much for the great update and the super photos. As well I seriously thank you for the awesome life and fun that Bergen is having. What a rewarding set of photos to see her doing her thing out in the Northwoods. I am thrilled. So fun to see.

Norwegian Elkhound Female Bergen Daughter of JaegarBergen - Daughter of Jaegar and Kalia

For those of you with the females coming from MANE and Kalia, this beauty is pretty much a shining example of your female coming. Those dark daughters from Jaegar and Kalia are identical to those daughters of MANE and Kalia.

These are seriously good outdoor companions, personable as the day is long. I am so excited about the upcoming litter with Tekla as she is a great match for the big genetics of Jaegar.

As some of you recall a few years back we had a few different litters with Tekla's mother, the stunning Kamp with Jaegar. Wow! Truly awesome pups so this Tekla genetic is perfect for Jaegar.

We have folks on the list already for that litter but if you were thinking about a tremendous pup, old world ancient lineage now is the time to speak to us. We are so excited. Tekla has not cycled yet but I expect soon.

Ashten and Brin with Silver Nova and Jaegar Jaegar just before he came out here had been assisting Ashten and Bryn train young Silver Nova in GQ work.

As you know Silver Nova is our California beauty queen we brought in for MANE. Jaegar as he is MANE's brother and is full GQ got the training detail. Silver Nova is like Wow skilled in urban Elkhound territory, coming out of the capital of California.

So she didn't need any Urban training hardly at all. She is still up there, I might not see her back here according to Ashten, she loves her. And, yes, you guessed it, that Silver Nova she would be a stunning match for Jaegar as well, who knows, Jaegar is keeping his paws crossed!

These my friends, these are Norwegian Elkhounds.

MÅNE - New Stud Male, Kamia Kennels

MANE Elkhound Stud Dog Kamia Kennels

We have some very good Elkhounds around the yard and out throughout North America with our pups. This young male of course is one of the very best you could find. He excels in every way, his recall skills are absolutely phenomenal. His personality is the greatest, such a personable fella. He has great stamina and energy. There are no flaws with this young male.

Click Here To View The New Page For  MÅNE - Norwegian Elkhound Stud

The photo shows  MÅNE with his sister Luna up with me at the summit on Saturday the 10th of February. These two Norwegian Elkhounds are in my opinion the two very best in the world right now. Incredible skill level, flawless ability off leash or on. Wow.

Here is a great video of my hike that day, I was able to put the images that I took on the hike once I got a ways out of the lower forest into a neat video. So you will see some flawless working Elkhounds, all off leash the entire day totally remote terrain and what a great day we had. Enjoy.

Takoda and Tuva - I am not convinced yet she is bred

Takoda GeneticsTakoda was to be mated to Tuva, I am not 100% she caught. She might have decided to wait till next cycle, I'll know shortly, but I am doubtful at this point, there is little to no belly.

We may have to wait on that litter perhaps. I have a great image I took the other day when I had 4 awesome Elkhounds out on a great winter hike. I had the daughter of Takoda, Luna. I had the Granddaughter Phoenix, daughter of Jaegar. MANE his son and Jaegar his son.

In the world of off leash hiking dogs there are no dogs in the league of these 4. My goodness, what a powerful group to hike with.

So, Tuva she is in magnificent shape, an amazing female but if she has decided to wait, so be it. Far from it for me to say what she should do. These are old world dogs, ancient as the day is long, they instinctively know the right time.

Tuva Norwegian Elkhound FemaleI snapped this photo of Tuva just recently, is she in great shape or what? Keep in mind she just weaned her pups a few weeks back of this photo. Truly amazing female.

Tuva and Takoda are my most personable to me dogs, not so friendly to other dogs. As far as skill level, Tuva and Takoda are the highest skill level as well. The range of work these two can do far exceeds the normal Elkhound. The intelligence these two have is quite simply amazing.

For working dogs, no matter where you go in the world there are few going to have the working background that these two have. These two are full working dogs to the very beginning. If she hasn't cycle, no worries, she will again. Also with Jeagar here now for Tekla, well pretty much identical genetics there. I have folks on the Tuva litter, they will move automatically to the Tekla litter in position if Tuva is not bred. So no worries.

Vida - A Takoda Daughter as well!

Vida - Elkhound Female - Daughter of TakodaA few weeks back I got a really neat photo of Vida. I have so much to share on Vida and will get around to putting a lot of information up on her but wanted to let everyone know this is one of the very select old lineage females from a time long past left in the world.

She is bringing forward all the old genetics that founded the early Elkhounds of course as she is a daughter of Takoda and GÆDA. Vida is actually cycling now, a fertile female, no doubt she comes by that super easy with her parents. This is one of the major reasons the Elkhounds are such an ancient breed, fertile females like Vida. Vida will not be bred till next year.

Vida goes back to the very early beginnings of the Elkhound, you can learn more here: Norrland Elkhound Type

Best Pals Brandon and Marlowe - Son of Leif and Kai

Brandon with MarloweI got a really great update from Brandon a short while back. This is just a great photo!

These two are having a great time down in that region near Bangor Maine. Brandon wanted a hiking companion, pal and overall great outdoor dog. He wanted an old school Norwegian Elkhound with deep roots to the wilderness. There are no better Elkhounds for that exact description than a 4th generation Kamia Elkhound.

Marlowe is a son of Kai and Leif. He is down working everyday with Brandon and having a total blast. A huge thank you to Brandon for the confidence he had in our program, the patience he also had while we got him the perfect male, and of course, Way To Go Brandon for the great home and lifestyle that big fella has.

"Hey Merv,

Marlowe is doing well. he is the best dog I have ever had, and a perfect companion for hiking, boating, snow shoeing and cross country skiing.


Rigel - Son of Jaegar and Kamp, Half Brother to Tekla

Rigel Son of Jaegar and KampThe incredible genetics of Kamp and Jaegar combined to create this stunning big fella. This is Rigel, he is out in Winnipeg with Michele. She has herself a truly outstanding young male. She keeps me posted on this big fella all the time and has recently sent me some really nice photos.

The timing of course was perfect with that planned litter of Rigels dad Jaegar with his half sister Tekla coming up. This big fella is pretty much exactly what is going to come out of that pairing.

Amazing isn't he?

Kamp brings all the big old Norway line genetics to the match-up's as she of course was from the big old Norwegians. Kamp was 64 pounds, way bigger than Leif or Bram, just this powerhouse female. A full GQ female with a background that is so magnificent its hard to believe. This page has a ton of genetic links back to Kamp, with Phoenix, Tikka, Riker and Tuva all leading back to her.  MÅNE, Luna, Artemis and Torleif, along with Norris all have Kamp as the grandmother. The litter of Kalia and MÅNE also have Kamp as the great grandmother.

Rigel Son of Jaegar and KampAs many of you who have seen the video on my Desna training program outline it was this Rock Star that was featured in it showing his off leash skills. Michele made the trip out here to work with me in the mountains and spent time with us hiking, and working with Rigel. She has continued that great starter work and is turning him into an amazing GQ male, fully skilled in the big city, but equally at home in the back country.

Rigel is headstrong though, has a ton of the independence that both Jaegar and Kamp have shown so she keeps her wits about her as he is still very young yet. Rigel is intact and at that one year mark they get a fat head for about a 3 or 4 month phase, so she is going through that right now, where Rigel figures he knows enough and can make some decisions.

Don't kid yourself, Michele rules though, she can handle this little phase, no problem.

This coat color will show through on the Jaegar and Tekla pairing, it won't have that deep black overtone as Mia, Jaegar's mom, she was a coastal Norwegian so her and Kamp will pull all the color through bringing out that incredible Silver/Black that Bram and Takoda offspring are so famous for.

IKamp, Tuva and Tekla could talk for days on the background of Kamp, the list of who is who in the working Elkhound world goes on forever, and the list of champions in her background literally is endless to the start of the association recording history.

Kamp and her young daughter Tekla shown to the left

These females bring with them ancient genetics, superior genetics in all respects, its powerful females like Kamp that create these big boys like Rigel and stunning daughters like Tekla.

I will keep you posted on Rigel, but a huge Thank you goes out to Michele for keeping all of us updated on this big rascal, and of course for giving him such an awesome life and home. Thank you Michele.

Artemis - Daughter of Tuva and Pretty Boy Leif

Artemis and SaraThis is a very nice update to get. Sara sent me some really neat photos of a very special young female Norwegian Elkhound, Artemis. Now Artemis, she is our very first Norwegian Elkhound female from our show lineage big boy himself, Pretty Boy Leif. Her mother is the stunning Tuva. Her full sibling brother is Torleif.

Sara contacted us a long time before hand as she wanted a very good female Norwegian Elkhound, she lives up in the North West Territories and needed a good outdoor dog, as well as a "Social Dog" that could do well in her remote community. I am so excited to hear she has fit right in.

From all of us we wish you a big Congratulations on your new son Sara, that is very cool. And, you bet Artemis will be his best pal for many years. Thank you so much for the great home you have provided to Artemis and keep us posted on things up your way, we always look forward to the updates.

Artemis and Sara and the new baby"Hi Merv,
Great to hear from you! Artemis is doing fantastic and it is fun seeing the comparison between her and our other dog. There were so many smells and adventures in the summer that we couldn't let her out loose as she wouldn't want to come back. You can see the intelligence and independence in her all the time and her nose is so very sensitive that she finds dead things whenever we go walking. She has learned to be tough after growing up with our other dog Zeus who was so very excited to have a playmate and played rough with her from the beginning. As he is taller than her she taught herself to go for his legs when play fighting to compensate for her shortness. We were a little surprised that she seems to have reached her full size as we thought she would get a bit bigger. She is full of energy and seems to have springs on her feet and she is a decent jumper. She is loving the cold weather and spends as much time as she can outside in the fenced yard. We were pleasantly surprised with how well Artemis has taken to our new baby. She is very attentive and will follow whoever is holding him around the house. I think they will be very close as he grows up.
Thanks again for introducing her into our lives!

Tikka - Daughter of Jaegar and Kamp - Raccoon Hunter

Tikka Daughter of Jaegar and KampLinda sent me this neat photo the other day of Tikka giving her a hand protecting the seed bags and yard from the never ending onslaught of Raccoons.

Seems that the Raccoons have become a major problem down Linda's way and she is some happy to have Tikka around to give her a hand managing it. They make a tremendous mess for her, ripping open bags, tipping stuff over all the time, just a real pain.

Now Tikka, she is a full sister to Rigel above and Riker below, and to Phoenix who is here. These girls out of Kamp well they don't mess around. You have a yard you need protecting, nothing like a good working Norwegian Elkhound to help out. It's great to see Linda that you keep those old instincts alive and well down Montana way with that Tikka. Keep us posted on that rascal, thank you for the great update and also the great life that Tikka enjoys.

Riker - Son of Jaegar and Kamp 

Riker Norwegian Elkhound MaleCheck out this big fella would you. My goodness it's like one great dog after another on this site, amazing really. And I see them every day.

So this is another of that fantastic combination from Jaegar and Kamp. This is Riker, he is a full brother to Rigel and Tikka, same litter. He has more siblings as well.

John and Helen have this amazing Norwegian Elkhound male out in Calgary. John is a retired RCMP officer and he is now handling the full duties of training this rascal, and is he doing a fine job or what. My goodness.

John keeps me posted all the time on Riker, this winter Calgary had a ton of cold weather, we had snow, they had snow, we had cooler temps, they had Cold temps. I was glad to be here.

Riker though, he loves that cold weather, doesn't bother him a bit. These big double coat Norwegians they can handle that like nothing.

John mentioned he had built him a really nice dog house, "Which He Never Goes In" says John. Too funny. Prefers to lay outside in the snow. I get a kick out of that.

Riker Norwegian Elkhound MaleThis second photo is Riker playing outside in minus 38, not a care in the world, just happy having some fun in the snow.

I want to Thank John and Helen for the awesome life and home that Riker has, it's so great to work with such terrific folks and to be able to share the fun we have with our Elkhounds with great folks like John and Helen. Keep us posted.

This litter we have planned for Jaegar and Riker's sister, Tekla is going to produce more of these great males.

By all means contact us early for these big boys as they are in huge demand.

Breeding Elkhounds Based On Genetic Selection - Velma

Velma and Vitnir - Grand pups of Kamp and Bram

Breeding Elkhounds on genetic selection instead of style leads to incredibly predictable behaviours, instincts and traits. But, don't ever think that by doing that you leave style or type or looks out of the equation. In fact you lock in that incredible look and style when done correctly.

Velma our new foundation female is shown on the left here with her brother Vitnir. Now I was hiking the remote regions with Viking, Vitnir and Velma today, off leash of course doing Desna training. I saw Velma coming toward me and I literally stopped in my tracks as I swore I was looking at Kamp as a pup coming toward me. The hair on the back of my neck came up the similiarity was so pronounced. I hiked with young Kamp years ago at this age as you all know and I was like, Wow, This Is Incredible. Genetics pull hard on these great lineages.

Kamp as a young pup with TakodaCheck out the style, the looks the similiarities between a young Kamp shown here many years ago with a very young Takoda as well, and her granddaughter above, young Velma.

They are both very close to the same age in the photos and in the bush, a bit dark, I had to really stop and stare as I thought, whoa man I have seen that incredible dog before.

So over the next while I will be filling you in on Velma, and of course I'll be sharing my time with Vitnir and Viking, two amazing, and I mean amazing young Rock Star Elkhounds who are here for the Desna training.  

While I am at it, I might as well comment on the superior genetics of Takoda, can you believe that photo of him with Kamp, and then many years later directly below with grandson and granddaughter of Kamp with him, they could have been taken the same day. That's pretty cool isn't it? And pretty neat now many years later Takoda is going to be training, Velma, Vitnir and Viking, all grandpups of Kamp. Takoda is probably looking at Velma thinking, didn't I train you already?

Cypress - Daughter of Tora and Bram - Older Sister To Kai

Cypress Female Norwegian ElkhoundYears ago Ken got ahold of me looking for a truly good companion Elkhound. He wanted a full instinct female with tons of ability as he hikes the West Coast of Canada. He is always in bear country, cougars, they are by the ocean, they travel up the mountain logging roads and more.

Cypress is his beautiful Elkhound, she has a sidekick, the Minpin. She looks after that rascal and let's him deal with the snakes while she handles the bear.

Ken keeps me posted this fantastic sister of Kai's. Cypress is older than Kai, she was 3 litters ahead, out of Tora and Bram's first litter. A stunning big female. Tons of stocky power like Tora. A true hunter of course, daughter of Bram no less.

Cypress Female Norwegian Elkhound"Hi Merv,

adding to the photo up on the hill Cypress spotted a bear and tore after it into the bush. Every time I get concerned and this time had to abandon her so I could retrieve my truck and bear bangers about a mile away. So I hear a yelping in the bush instead of the barking and figure well she bit off too much but can’t leave her so up the narrow logging road with my new $100,000. 00 truck I go and still no dog to be found. Now I park and go on foot and just imagine the bush here is so dense in places 10’ off the road is invisible but off I go about a ½ mile to where she was last seen and using whistle and calls to my surprise and relief out she pops from the bush. Glad to see me but won’t come near until she sees moma who she runs to and then jumps in the truck. Later I found a hole in her right paw scrapping the flesh to the bone. Ok so she got bit I think and treated accordingly and she was limping by then. Off to the vet for a check and a topical antibiotic. A couple of weeks later we are at the beach for a walk – calm right – she spots an otter coming up the beach (I didn’t see it until she was after it) as she has incredible eyesight. I am more afraid of ocean otters than bears but at least it wasn’t a cougar. Rabbits, mice, Salmon, voles are the most common and the minpin kills snakes before you can say jack rabbit. Killers -no – hunters you bet and incredibly good ones.

Cypress Female Norwegian ElkhoundCypress can run down the beach over logs and rocks for half a mile and back in the same time it takes me to start my smart phone even though she is a bit heavy since Christmas. I weighed her in at 60lbs at the vet so I have reduced her food trying for 55 but the vet thought she is ok. I know she is fat because the minpin is too and Turkey is delicious. People stop to admire Cypress and those that know she is an Norwegian Elkhound are beaming. For all her fearlessness and power she is gentle with people and is not a fighter of dogs, she will stand her ground with an aggressive dog but will always look for a way to leave not wanting to be in a fight. Just this year I have taken to leash walking to expand our base, for her safety, travelling in the united states and she is ok now that she is 7 - I had hoped at 3 she would have been ok with a leash but 7 is good. She doesn’t like cuddling unless she wants a scratch and the well don’t stop until I say stop.

Cypress Female Norwegian ElkhoundCan’t imagine life without her. I have a training tracking collar I will use next time I am up in the bears lair so maybe I can break her from pursuit long enough to get a leash on her. We have a huge list of carnivorous predators up the coast so if she one sad day it gets too much for her well she has had a good life been in the bush like her ancestors hunting, fishing, playing. I have purchased a couple of rifles for this place because of the wildlife but never hike with a weapon so bear spray and bombs is all I will have with me. I did break up a Mexican standoff with a bear and Cypress a couple of years ago with bangers so they do work. Lots of deer and elk which in turn brings the predator.

I love the picture of the elkhound by the forest as it shows the camouflage off. I printed it and put it on my calendar. You have an exceptional amount of snow and that is good for the ranchers and forest to prevent another drought.

It is always good to hear from you and looks like you are doing well which is good.

Regards Ken Epps"

A Monster Thank You to Ken for the terrific update on Cypress. I sure do appreciate all the great care and life that Cypress has and receives. She has it made out there. That photo Ken mentioned of the Elkhound in the forest is that photo of Vida above. Vida is way younger than Cypress, but she is her aunt .

For those of you who might not have seen the other great story on Cypress click to go over on the Kamia Kennels Elkhound Adventure site.

Kamia Kennels - Quality Elkhounds

Elkhound Puppies are a bundle of joy. They are energetic and fun right away. They are like little miniature full grown Elkhounds in their behaviour and traits. It's really neat to see a pup sit a certain way and continue to do that through life.

As we have mentioned before these dogs love snow. As a pup they can play for hours outside having a blast. They are a terrific pup for kids who love it outside. These dogs will be companion dogs for their life.

Takoda Premier Elkhound Male StudA feature that is often overlooked that we truly appreciate is that there is no odour on these dogs or wet smell. The dogs can be outside and come right inside if you like. They are content to lay at your feet or near the fireplace, on a rug or familiar spot.

Have lot's of chew toys for your young dog for months to come, as the teeth develop they need to chew, no doubt we've all had to get a few new laces, and perhaps some new shoes! These are in our opinion the most well rounded dog, free from almost all defects, a true family dog, with traits that suit a wide range of individuals. We feel they are the best dog you could have!

Takoda Premier Elkhound Male StudThe little guy sitting so nice on the rug is Takoda, I took that photo late December 2007. Takoda roams our place today with a lot of his offspring, he has been a truly amazing companion and stud dog. My best pal, no doubt. That middle photo is him with his young son MANE, out on a mountain hike with me in February 2018.

I took this photo 23rd of March, 2018, he still comes in and sits outside my office while I am creating this newsletter, patient and polite, waiting to hike. On this page he has sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters, great grandsons and great granddaughters. My guess is, he will be hiking still when we have great great grand pups from Kai's daughter, go figure!

He is in magnificent shape and still rules.

This my friends, this is an Elkhound!

Kamia Kennels - Mia's First Litter

Elkhound Puppies, this is Takoda's First Litter, and also Mia's first litter, October of 2008, this photo, taken in December they are fat little fellas, Mia is a very good mother.

Her pups are always well fed and grow very fast.

She maintained her condition really well, we really fed her as much as she can eat, and she eats a lot when nursing these pups, no doubt.

These are snow dogs, even as pups they love the snow, sticking their noses and head right in to the snow, you have to really coax them to come back to the kennel.

Kamia Kennels - Jay and Ashten have a handful with these pups - December 2008

This is a photo from a long time ago, a fun photo for sure. Pups are now 5 weeks old in this photo, running around, play fighting, busy as can be. They are already taking the laces out of the shoes, just like their father. They all bark when you step into the kennel, little miniature watch dogs. We were taking some group photos and it was quite a task to keep all six of these little jokers in place, get Mia and Takoda both to look at the camera, and all of us, trying hard not to have anyone's eye closed on the flash, thank goodness for digital memory cards.


Ragnar Norwegian Elkhound Male

Years ago I took a young male down to the airport to meet his new handler. The Young woman who was getting him had contacted me much in advance, she had watched the site with interest and wanted a pup from Tora and Bram. I picked out a spectacular young male for Barbara. She named him Ragnar.

Ragnar is an older, full brother to Kai an absolutely stunning old world Norwegian Elkhound Male!

This my friends, this is an Ancient Elkhound!

Ragnar Norwegian Elkhound Male Son of Tora

Barbara has stayed in contact over the years keeping me updated on this magnificent Elkhound male. I truly can't thank her enough for the great care and attention she provides Ragnar. And it's so great to see how he has developed over the years and hear about his exploits. Ragnar is a true "International Elkhound" he has lived in Canada, resides most of the time in Russia, and now is spending some time in Germany! Too Cool. I should be so lucky.

Barbara is a world class handler and trainer as well, she has given Ragnar the very best care and attention.


Ragnar in Russia

"Hello, Merv,

I know it's been a long time, but, just in case, I still decided to share an update on Ragnar with you. As he ages, he becomes more and more reliable as a protector of the family and of our property. He is still a fun-loving dog, but when it comes to work he is just a pleasure to deal with. And now that he's fully developed, he's such a beauty too! Quite a hunk, popular with the local girls in our village!

Ragnar and Barbara

He leads quite an eventful life in our country-side residence. Lots of trails to follow when we go into the woods. The past year was not without some downers, though. He was wrongly accused of killing my neighbours' geese. Turned out he actually helped prevent more birds getting killed when a stray husky got onto their territory, but because of the likeness of the dogs, they accused him (even though the other dog was covered in blood and feathers). Our entire family defended Ragnar and there was no way we were letting anyone do him wrong!
Right now he is wintering with my parents in Leipzig, Germany. I am forced to spend a couple of months in my Moscow appartment and I just did not want to subject Ragnar to a life in a small city flat or walks where I can't even let him go off leash. He is happy, though, and when I went over there for Christmas, he was practically beaming. My father's cat Lizzie even taught him to pet her, so he has a friend to play with. He's such a pushover when it comes to cats!

Ragnar and Barbara

I will fetch him in April and move our little outfit (me, cat and dog) back to the countryside. Honestly can't wait, because I miss my boy and the city just doesn't cut it for me.
Last fall Ragnar got a free photo session with a pro dog photographer, so I'm sharing those images with you. In them he's fatter than he looks in the summer, because he's in his winter coat, plus I let him gain some weight (he was still living outside at that point).
Hope you and your family are doing well and getting lots of new great Elkhounds!

Warmest regards,

Teeka and Nikeeta, Full Sisters to Kai and Ragnar - Daughters of Bram and Tora

I always enjoy getting the updates from Denise and John on the two stunning sisters he has down in Calgary, Teeka and Nikeeta. They are full sisters to Kai, and also Ragnar pictured above.


Teeka Ancient Lineage Elkhound Female"Hello Merv and family,

Thank you so much for the birthday wishes that you sent Teeka a few weeks back and the beautiful photographs. February 2011 seems almost like yesterday but that eventful night blessed Denise and I with Teeka, a wonderful elkhound. Sorry that I fell out of touch but I would like you to know that we are all doing fine. Nikeeta and Teeka drag me around for a couple of hours everyday and we have a fun time no matter what the weather. The two elkhounds love going out in the extreme cold; I learned to enjoy it as their enthusiasm is contagious, but I did lose some skin off my nose a few times when it was below minus 35 degrees windchill. Nikeeta still knows how to push Teeka's buttons to get a good chase and tumble going but it is always in fun. Once again I have to tell you that you picked the best possible companion for Teeka when you sent Nikeeta our way.

Teeka - Nikeeta
Teeka and Nikeeta - Norwegian Elkhound Sisters
During one of our walks In the past year, Teeka and Nikeeta started to pull the leads and run (a regular event). I hung on and figured they were racing to the ''squirrel'' tree but they passed the tree and continued on in haste. I thought , perhaps a rabbit?; but a little further along and around a bend in the path stood a moose among the trees. The Teeka and Nikeeta were proud as could be and took to vocalizing their discovery, much to the annoyance of the moose who then trotted off further into the forest. The elkhounds wanted to pursue but I told them that was not a good idea.
Teeka and Nikeeta - Norwegian Elkhound Sisters
We come across whitetail deer several times a week and the thrill of such encounters never wanes for Teeka and Nikeeta. I have to have a firm hold of the leads or they would be in hot pursuit. Once I took a photograph of a deer that was in front of us. I decided to view the photo, not realizing that there was another deer behind me. The elkhounds noticed and took advantage of my lapse of supervisory duties. They were off quick as could be and all I could see was their butt holes as they raced into the underbrush. My calls for them to stay, heel, come here were useless as they probably could not hear me above all the racket that they were making. I could hear them barking in the woods but because we were in a constricted little valley, their barks were soon echoing around me and I could not tell what direction the sounds originated. Fortunately Teeka came back to me in about 5 minutes and Nikeeta in about 10, I was overjoyed to see them but upset at the same time. The rascals knew I did not approve but the look and grin they gave each other seemed to indicate that the adventure was worth it.
Nikeeta - Norwegian Elkhound Female
Please find attached some photos from the past year, including Nikeeta tracking a Wandering Garter Snake, Teeka trying to avoid getting ''dog germs'' from some sort of hybrid rabbit/french bulldog puppy, and one of a Norwegian Elkhound we met. Denise insists that I include Nikeeta giving up her bed to Bella-Dot and the Family Day congregation around the Elkhound water bowl. As usual I may have to send the photos in more than one batch.

All the best to everyone,
John !


A huge Thank you to John and Denise for sharing that awesome life and times of those two rascals. They are some awesome. Also, they are true ambassadors for the breed those two, and they love cats everyone! So if you had any doubt, Nikeeta solved that.

Elkhound Pup Prices

Our Canadian destined Pups are 2500.00 in Canadian Funds plus applicable taxes. The pups are ready to go at 8 weeks of age and will have a full health certificate and initial boosters shots with a deworming completed.

The USA destined pups are 3500.00 in Canadian Funds, plus applicable taxes. They will be ready to go at 16 weeks of age and have a full health certificate and all 3 sets of boosters with a deworming and rabies. USA folks automatically get the Desna training program included with your pup for the 3500.00 as the pup is here for 16 weeks to complete the required vaccinations, I might as well train it.

The Jamthund Pups from Aina are priced differently. Please contact me directly to speak about them. You will most likely be looking at a second litter pup from Aina as we have a lot of deposits on the first litter already. But contact me directly to speak about Aina's litter.

USA Residents please note:

There is no applicable taxes.

Desna Program Price

Our new Desna Program, which I named after the first stellar pup to complete the new program, Mr. Desna himself is a new program. The new Desna program is one where I will keep the pup here for 16 weeks, it will have all the 3 sets of boosters and rabies shots, deworming, and of course a full health certificate, with International certificate and flight certificate.

Also, the pup will go through our initial training program that was so successful with Desna. The pups learn much faster around our older dogs so it's very easy for me to do all the initial training and provide you with a very well started pup. I will be putting a lot more details up on the Desna program soon.

Desna Norwegian program pups are 3500.00 Canadian plus applicable taxes.

Desna Jamthund program pups please contact me directly to speak about the litter from Aina.

Click here for the full Desna Program Outline

Elkhound Male Norris In Alaska

Norris Norwegian Elkhound at Gastinau Channel
This is Norris, son of Leif and Tuva just after he arrived up in Alaska. He is out hiking the Gastinau Channel with Kathy and Rand.

Norris Elkhound Male Mendenhall Glacier





Norris - Norwegian Elkhound Male - heading over to the Mendenhall Glacier - Alaska

I have a terrific update from Kathy and Rand on Norris. Wow, he has it made up there in Alaska. I want to thank both of them for the confidence in our program and our dogs. Also for the effort they went to as they came down for young Norris via Seattle. He has a terrific Home. Thank you both.

"Hi Merv,
Rand and I wanted to write and let you know how much we are enjoying Norris. He is wonderful with our family and with people in general. Our grandkids noticed right away that he was not a nipper. He is very gentle with them. He also is very well socialized and gets along with the occasional dog that we introduce him to.

We hike with him on the forest service trails near our home that lead to the Mendenhall Glacier. He goes for about three to four miles per day. In this area so far he has spotted squirrels, beavers, ducks and geese. He is extremely interested when we cross paths with them.

He really enjoys the parts of our outing when he can be off leash and he is very fast in the underbrush. We have to catch him before he gets too far from us. We are still working on off leash call back. He comes pretty well when he is not distracted. He walks on a retractable leash and harness really well though.

House training this dog was a breeze. He quickly just started to sit at the door and give a short bark to be let out. We are pretty pleased with that.

We are attaching some pictures. This little rascal has nerves of steel and we are looking forward to this summer when we are at our remote cabin with the abundance of wildlife there.

We have continued with the raw diet and are trying to learn how to control the costs here and add any additional supplemental food sources that may be required.

Thanks again,
Kathy and Rand Thatcher"


Norris Gastineau Channel

Torleif - Son of Tuva and Leif

I got a few really nice updates from Kim over the past while and I have been meaning to get them online. She has a very handsome son of Tuva and Pretty Boy Leif. A huge thanks goes out to Kim for the great photos, and of course the awesome life that Torleif has. As Kai is a sister to Tuva, for those of you getting one of those new rascals, this is a good idea of what they will be like.

This Torleif is Awesome!

Torleif Norwegian Elkhound Male

"Hello Merv!

I hope you and your family are all well.
Just a quick update on our beloved Torleif.

We’ve started to go up the Tremblant every weekend now that ski season has begun. Wow does Torleif love it up there! He definitely feels at home I think. We hiked around a bit and he was such a happy fella!!

He’s got a really sharp nose I think. Funny watching him charge along, nose to the ground. No moose nearby our chalet, but lots and lots of deer!! He sticks his nose right down into the deer tracks and bounds along looking for them!! He spotted his first one today — a big white-tailed deer. Super exciting for our pup! :)

Here’s a photo we snapped at the chalet today. He’s definitely King of the Castle! 

Torleif Norwegian Elkhound Male

Luna Foundation Female

Luna is shown below, have you ever seen a better female Elkhound in your life? I think not! The neat thing about Luna is she has so much genetic potential and is so genetically diverse there are literally no females like that anymore. So on top of all the outward beauty she is lined with inner instinctive qualities like no other.

Luna Norwegian Elkhound Female

Luna is a full sibling to MÅNE, I selected her the exact same way. First female out. That's how good those pups are from Tekla and Takoda. What other breeder in the world can select that way.

Luna Norwegian Elkhound Female

Luna is a full working bloodline. The very best in the world. European Champions line her background. Not only European either, of course the very best of the Canadian Elkhounds, some elite GCH American dogs, and of course as you may already know she carries the world famous Ravenstone Genetics.

Luna Norwegian Elkhound Female

As would be par for the course, Luna is a full working mountain Elkhound. She is world class off leash, or on. Here she is shown helping me with Desna work with the two boys of Aunt Tuva, Loki and Norris. You'll also notice Luna is larger than her aunt Tuva by a fair margin. She pulls a lot from her grandma Kamp.

As you most likely guess, next year around the early fall she will be mated to Pretty Boy Leif. Now those pups my friends, those pups they will be some serious Elkhounds!