A New Litter From Tekla Coming.
I believe we are finally back on track with our planned litters. Nature takes its course, and sometimes doesn't go along with exactly what we would have chosen, but no worries, it all works out for a reason.
So this young female is one of the twins, we have raised Tekla and her sister Tuva here. They are the famous daughters from Kamp and Bram. Tekla and Tuva are both stunning females. Tekla I do believe to be one of the very best Norwegian Elkhound females in the world.
I fully appreciate that is a tall statement, but I honestly think that for centuries now breeders have been always striving to breed dogs that are exactly like Tekla. Tekla has spent basically every day of her life working with me. She is a flawless female Elkhound.
All of you who follow the site and are waiting for pups know that we had been planning a litter with her mother Kamp and Takoda. I started planning that litter in 2011. We were unsuccessful in getting that mating for various reasons. I had mentioned that I potentially was going to use Takoda, and that is exactly what I did.
I am entirely confident the old boy was still sound, and that she has caught. It was very recent, the 14th/15th September time frame, so some time has passed and I can see the belly and I am confident she caught. Takoda as old as he may be, has never failed us.
So this particular litter is an extremely special set of pups, no doubt about that. As anyone who reads through this site knows, I believe Takoda to be the very best Elkhound pretty much anywhere. So we will be selecting a new brother for Jaegar from this litter, and a new sister to Tora from this litter. The folks that are on the list, starting with the first deposit of course as always then following through with pup selections for them, depending on how many, gender, etc. Takoda is shown with Aina his little Swedish sidekick on a hike with me in the high country October 23rd. He still travels with ease, covers ground like no one else, however Aina, she is right with him now. She is almost the same size. But overall for his age he is extremely well conditioned. We were roughly 4500 to 4700 feet, took us quite a few hours, 8.2 kilometers round trip hike give or take, with 4 or more of those steeply uphill. Takoda of course had sired his first litter on the ground in October 25th, 2008.
I am very excited, Tekla is an amazing young Elkhound and she will be having a litter mid November 2016.
Kamp was planned to have a litter in August time but we delayed it
The litter with Kamp and Jaegar I delayed. She just did not seem to be 100% herself yet and I will only breed the females quickly again, meaning on first cycle after a litter if I am confident they are 100%. So she will be mated with Jaegar end of January. We will work toward a natural mating, but if need be we can take them both for AI as we did last litter. The pups from Jaegar and Kamp are truly stunning dogs. We have been getting some really neat feedback on the previous pups, as well as the first litter pups they are absolutely awesome dogs. So it's a bit longer wait but truly worth it for this combination.
This is a previous spring video of the pups at 5 weeks from that last litter of Kamp and Jaegar.
GAEDA and Shorty - Norwegian Elkhound Planned Mating This Fall
Shorty, a great Norwegian Elkhound male has been here for some time now. He initially came to be mated with Kai and that mating for one reason or another did not materialize, Kai did not catch. Kai and Shorty we are planning to try again, see directly below.
However, since he has been here he has been getting in great shape. Its tough conditions here, hiking is hard tons of females to work alongside who are far superior in conditioning so keeping up to them was very tough for Shorty. He is now able to keep up pretty much all the time. He does well. He will never be as free and easy moving as my big fellas, but he is pretty fair. All my dogs are more agile, but I doubt there are any other Elkhounds that can just come in here and keep up with these guys. So he has done very well. He has an awesome personality, all great skills, a very good fella. He is a very good match up for GAEDA.
GAEDA is a stunning female. She has produced extremely good Elkhounds for us. She has no flaws. Never causing any issues, healthy as can be, just a super female. Both GAEDA and Shorty of course are full outcross lines to all our other dogs. Because of this I am going to use Shorty on GAEDA for her last litter. I was always wanting one of the big daughters from GAEDA for our program, but before Shorty, I did not have a good outcross male that would qualify to produce that daughter we could use, as we mated her with either Takoda, or Jaegar. Which was great for all the families that got pups because they got all superior pups, basically all breeding quality females when mated with either Takoda or Jaegar.
So as I have watched Shorty this last while, I have had him bunking out with GAEDA. They get along great. The traits of the two compliment each other. Any agility issue and speed that Shorty might lack, GAEDA makes up for in massive quantities. She is one of our fastest most agile females. He brings a real stout thickness and she brings that strong lean feminine quality, these pups will be awesome. I am very excited about this upcoming litter. I will be selecting a pup or two from this pair so that I can continue that GAEDA lineage in our program.
The pups from this litter will be truly outstanding and so again, as folks are on the list with deposits I will be selecting the pups from this litter for them. She should be cycling here in the next month or so slightly before Kai, so it's an exciting time. I'll keep you posted.
Kai and Shorty, Norwegian Elkhounds Planned Mating Early Dec 2016
Kai the granddaughter of Mia, daughter of Tora, a tremendous young female Norwegian Elkhound is going to be mated with Shorty next time she cycles, which should be early December.
These two Norwegian Elkhounds suit each other so perfectly, I could not imagine a better pair. I knew I would need a stunning awesome male for Kai, as she is the perfect Elkhound and young Shorty was just what I needed. He is a very thick and stout male. Excellent conformation, and steady as a rock. Not as high tempo as Kai, more steadfast, easy going, yet can defend his young gal, more on that.
Kai is a true hunting strain, strong and agile, makes Shorty look a bit slow for a fact, she bounces around him like he is standing still, and she has that drive and go that all the hunting lines still have. Shorty is from seriously good show lineages. All great dogs in his background but great nature and personality, style and conformation are what have driven his lineage breeders, rather than the old ancient working traits like ours. Makes for a very good combination, as Kai will bring all old world traits right out, they are in Shorty, just laid back. The good thing also is she brings so much energy and power that Shorty will temper that a bit, making for a very good pup.
It's been a good time for me to watch Shorty as he has been here for months with us now. I get to work with him each day and he has become a good working companion. Shorty was a bit out of shape when he came compared to my dogs, now he is getting muscled in. He has way more stamina and capacity. He has gained a lot of his confidence and composure as he gained back his energy. He is a good boy. A real good match for Kai.
The photo to the left is of Kai and her half sister Tekla. These two are as good as you can get, Tuva the other sister to these is as good. Kai is a daughter of the legendary Tora, a total rock star female who runs the show here, and Kai has so much potential. These are going to be exciting times.
I attended the International Dog Show in Finland
I will just put a short bit about my awesome trip to Finland here on this page as I am making a full update on it and have it up now, click here to read up on it, but wow what a great time!
Now, I went over to get young Aina, our new Jamthund, but while I was there I attended the big International Dog Show in Joensuu Finland. Whoa man, some seriously good Elkhounds I was able to see and witness on display there, no doubt about it.
I have to admit though, and please accept the fact, I have a fat head about my dogs, but I do have to say, Kai and Tekla would have done seriously good in this competition. Those two girls, Kai and Tekla I swear, I saw both of them there many times. The style, the type, the quality of dogs there are exactly like Kai and Tekla. ( Or maybe Kai and Tekla exactly like them more likely)
I have to admit though, the dogs I saw on display were really terrific. So for Kai and Tekla to be every bit as good as the best in Scandinavia, well at least in my opinion, although I am a pretty fair judge, not as good as those judging there, but still to have them as good as they are is really comforting. I have not had the opportunity before to go to the old country and see such a display of Elkhounds, and other dogs of course, but I was there for the Elkhounds. If your getting a pup from Kai and Shorty, your getting a pup as good as any to be found in the world, I am most certain of that. More to come on my adventure for sure.
Kalia has her hands full with Aina - Swedish Elkhound Females
Kalia will be the next female to cycle along with Kai, about the same time frame. Kalia is a big Swedish Elkhound female. She has been tasked with the very tough job of keeping Aina in line. It isn't working. Right now, no one can keep her in line but Takoda. She is quite the handful for these girls. Aina is a full Jamthund and in this photo is 6 months old, 50 pounds and stands slightly taller than Kalia. Kalia is still a bit heavier than Aina, for now, not for long.
Kalia willb e mated with Rico, as I outline below. She should be cycling close to early Dec.
Rico and Kalia, we have to wait a bit for this litter, next cycle December.
This part of the update is based on the missed first mating attempt with Kalia and Rico this past spring, 2016. We are planning to attempt the mating again in a couple months time, early December 2016.
The timing for Rico and Kalia was off due to my mistake. The young pair were both all set, but I messed up on the timing, I feel really bad about it. I am pretty confident I know exactly what I am doing 100% of the time, but every now and then I get a wake up call that I need to be paying more attention. So I did not have Rico here soon enough to suit Kalia, my mistake, I take full responsibility for this.
Young big Rico came to do his part, but unfortunately Kalia was not going to have any of him, we put them together and she was just not going to stand, no way. So we tried for a few days to get them comfortable with each other, but wasn't too be. I did some blood tests and thought perhaps I could go with an AI route like I did with Jaegar and Kamp, but I was too late in the cycle. I will need to bring Rico in much earlier in the cycle so that Kalia will accept him.
I had heard about scenario's like this where you should be aware that the females may not always accept the young male when there is a dominant male on site, like Takoda, and Kalia, having been raised with Takoda from day one, accepts only Takoda. Old breeders talk about always making sure the females go to the young male, rather than the other way around, well, I witnessed first hand if you are late in the cycle on the introduction, it's already too late. So next time, I will bring him way ahead so he can become friends and accepted and catch her at her peak.
The picture at the left here shows Kalia in the background. It was not her fault, nor Rico but mine. I let both of them down. Of course all the folks waiting for the pups as well. They have to wait longer. I can share this though, knowing what I know about the lineage of Rico, the quality of these two young dogs, no wait is too long. Nature will take its course, I just have to give these two the time they need.
I will be posting more on my time with Rico as he was here for a week. I can't say enought to you about how great this young fella is, what an awesome Jamthund. Also, I have much to share on his ancestors as I went to his kennel and met his fabulous breeders, Satu and Jani, and spent a few days with them in Finland. An experience of a lifetime to get to share the time they spared to visit and show me around. So lot's more to come on this.