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Elkhound Puppies - Breeding Update July 7th, 2017

Happy Birthday Canada!

Marlene and I had a nice morning hike with our big Swedish Dogs, Takoda and Aina on July 1st, 2017, Canada Day.



Annabelle - Full Blood Working Elkhound Female - Daughter of Kalia

Annabelle Full Working Elkhound Female Pup Kamia KennelsThis is the height of excellence in working Elkhound genetics. Annabelle leaves virtually no room for improvement, she is a flawless example of all things in perfect harmony in a full blood working Elkhound female.

We knew that Jaegar and Kalia would be a great match up and this entire litter has been truly outstanding, and young Annabelle was the last to go to her new home. She was still here with me for another day yet when I took this photo, Annabelle has gone to Utah to be with Devin and his family.

Annabelle Elkhound FemaleAnnabelle was the largest of the entire group of pups we had this summer, she pulled all her old Swedish roots out in full fashion. This is a stunning female. Every aspect of her nature and her composure is awareness and full attention, combined with quick dominant energy and action.

The beauty of having these pups around longer for the Desna program allows me to witness the behaviours and instinctive abilities. Kalia has proven to be an oustanding match for Jaegar, and I am thrilled to be able to offer pups like Annabelle once again soon.

 Annabelle Elkhound Female

For me a crucial component in our program is the genetics that provide for the close instinctive nature to work with the handler. This can not be understated in working dogs and it needs to appear very quickly in the pups so you "Know" it's instinctive, not trained. At the end of the day it always comes down to instinctive ability. Without that to build upon, training is never going to be as successful.

Annabelle exhibits the height in instinctive skills, combined with a very intense drive and energy, this my friends, This is an Elkhound!

Jaegar and Kalia hook-up for a second litter - pups due August 23rd

Jaegar and his sonsI have in the photo Jaegar and two of his sons, Gifford and Rig.

These are two of the three boys from the last litter with Kalia and Jaegar. They all were outstanding young Elkhounds. These two boys stayed with me for the Desna training program, super young fellas.

So Kalia and Jaegar hooked up on the 22nd of June so we expect some pups around that August 23rd time frame. This is very exciting as we know the pups from this pair are truly exceptional pups, both male and female.

Last litter was Koda, Gifford and Rig, and there were two females, Annabelle and Yxa, stunning young Elkhounds!

Kai and Leif Hook Up July 7th - pups due Sept 7th, 2017

Leif Norwegian Elkhound Male SirePretty Boy Leif  and Kai hooked up the morning of the 7th of July. So some lucky pups coming from this pairing mated on 7/7/17, if I was a betting man I would be betting on those pups, no doubt, probably will be born on the 7th of September, go figure!

Leif is such a good young male, he has this awesome nature that we really enjoy. He is what I would call, Super Personable. He is so nice he would not make a good guard dog even, I think he might let anyone in the gate. Too funny.

 Way back when Kai was a very young female I knew she was going to be amazing and she has developed into the perfect Norwegian Elkhound female. I have always been looking for a really great young Norwegian Elkhound male to work with her. I am very excited to have this opportunity to use Leif with Kai.

Kai Norwegian Elkhound Female July 2017Kai had her first litter with Hachi as Leif was not here, I would of course use Hachi again, he was a perfect match as well for Kai. Those pups are incredible, I had two of them here for the Desna training program, both awesome young males.

But we will move forward now with Leif. I do believe these will be some of the very best Norwegian Elkhounds you will be able to find anywhere in the world.

These two young Norwegian Elkhounds are, in my fat head opinion of course, two of the very best anywhere! Kai brings forth all the best of the working traits going back to her Scandinavian roots, only a generation back, her Dad as you may know was first generation in Canada. Leif he brings all the best of the show world to the pair so we are seriously excited. Leif has his hunting instincts yet even though he is nice, we do have a great photo of his dad out on a successful bear hunt last spring.  Combined Leif and Kai will have pups as good as can be found anywhere in the world.

Tora and Ashten Hiking Spring 2017Kai's mother Tora is here with us she is still a powerhouse hiking machine. Ashten is shown here on the 18th of May hiking up the mountains near our kennel. There are few if any Elkhound females with the power and stamina of Tora, other than her sisters, daughters and relations here at Kamia Kennels.

Of course Kai's grandfather Takoda still rules things around here, he will be keeping an eye on Leif just to be sure things are going smoothly around the place.

Prince Torleif Son of LeifNow below I have a really cool photo of the son of Leif from the litter he had with Tuva. Kim has this young rascal out in Ottawa and he is an absolutely amazing young fella. Thank you Kim for such a great home you have given Torleif, and this awesome update photo.

This is Torleif - Son of Leif and Tuva - aka Prince Torleif

He is a really solid well built young male, super showy, you can see that he got some of his great looks from both parents. Tuva of course is a half sister to Kai, so I am expecting almost identical pups from her and Leif. That is  such a great young Elkhound.

Torleif was a big boy at birth and continues that development, Kim weighed him just the other day at 28 pounds. Pretty Impressive.

So Pretty Boy Leif he is not just another pretty face, he has some serious genetics in that fancy package he prances around in, no doubt about that. We all knew he was loaded up with genetics waiting to come out and show off, there is no questions my working boys have to sit up and pay attention these days. As this my friends, this is a Norwegian Elkhound!

Tuva and Leif will be mated again when she cycles this spring.

 Leif Male Norwegian Elkhound

Kamia's Pretty Boy Leif is shown to the left, he is our new stud dog that sired the last litter with Tuva. Leif is an amazing big fella, he is young yet but is doing so well out here in the mountains. I am very proud of him. He has been able to find his own spot in amongst the big boys Jaegar and Takoda and is going to be a really strong sire for us.

The genetics of Leif are all outcross genetics for our dogs, he is far removed from our working lines having come from generations of the best in the show lines. As all of you know we don't have or participate in shows or show dogs, this is our very first ever genetic from that lineage of Norwegian Elkhounds. We brought in Leif as we wanted to have a new genetic material of supreme quality for Tuva, Tekla and Kai. 

Tuva and her sister Tekla winter hiking - Offleash mountain Norwegian Elkhounds

Tuva and Tekla Norwegian Elkhound SistersNo one can deny the quality of the twins, Tuva and Tekla. They are shown with me on a high elevation mountain hike in the winter, two stunning females. Tuva and Tekla, along with their half sister Kai are in my "Not Humble" opinion the three best females in North America and can rival any world wide. Leif is going to have his work cut out matching quality with those three, but he is proving to be up to the task.

Leif and Tuva had the first litter, all outstanding pups. I am so thrilled. Tuva will be bred again to Leif when she cycles and those are going to be again, truly awesome Norwegian Elkhounds. I need to point out as well that Tuva and Leif are "All Norwegian Elkhound" they are one of our few pairs that have no Swedish blood as far back as can be found.

Leif , July 2017  A Tremendous Young Male Norwegian Elkhound!

Leif, Male Norwegian ElkhoundNow Leif is a pretty boy, don't get me wrong he is full ancient dog, but he is all Show Dog genetics. Grand Champion Father and Mother, Grandfather, and every dog in his lineage for as long as you wish to look a champion. Father was best in show, etc.  etc. Now, for all of you who read this site, show titles are no real big deal for me, as I don't show, I go. So we needed a "Show Line" that could "Still Hunt" if you know what I mean. We finally worked it out with the help of some really great breeders of Elkhounds. They knew the quality of Tuva, and of course Tekla, Kai and a few others we might use Leif with, so they got us an outstanding young male.

Leif Young Norwegian Elkhound Male It's really something to see young Leif when he stretches out in his fancy show gait. There is nothing quite like it no doubt about it. He has his entire background of ancestors bred almost exclusively for this far reaching gait and when he steps on out, Wow it's really something to see.

This particular photo of course explains a fair bit why his ancestors were the only Norwegian Elkhounds to win Best in Show multiple times at the famous Westminster Dog Show.

So for those of you in line for a pup, the range of incredible combinations just got a little bit wider for sure.

You can learn more about this terrific young male, click here: Leif Norwegian Elkhound Male

I did a neat video on Leif and MÅNE working with and all the male pups from the 5 litters I think you'll like it:


Kamia Males and Male pups

3 Males from Kamia Kennels and 3 pups

We had a very fun time getting all the big boys together for a photo shoot. Ashten, Marlene and I along with the 3 big males and male pups are shown to the left.

Takoda and Dajr top with Marlene, Jaegar and Rig shown with Ashten and Leif and Torleif with me.

These days it's a rare day to see a breeder with a Male around the pups, let alone 3 Males on site all with pups, as of course it's again rare for a breeder to have 3 males, and to have 3 litters one from each at the same time, probably we won't see this photo again anytime soon.

The other neat thing about this photo is these three males are the Premier Elkhound Males in North America, sons of these males like, Dajr, Rig and Torleif are the very best pups that can be found on this continent, that is pretty cool indeed. 


Kamia Elkhounds - Kalia's, Kai's and GÆDA's Litters



GÆDA one of our most polite Norwegian Elkhounds - Now Retired!

GAEDA Norwegian Elkhound FemaleGÆDA is a stunning female who is now retired, she can relax and hike, help me train Vida and just have a fun time. Over the years she has continued to produce some of our very best Elkhounds. GÆDA is a full registered Norwegian Elkhound and is a flawless example of old ancient Genetics. She is still the big lines, matches all my big girls for size, length stamina. She maintains condition at around that 62-64 pounds throughout. GÆDA produces the big Norwegian Elkhounds still found in a few locations. As a northern region Norway line she has that capability to produce some of the most astounding pups. I have a couple photos of her daughter Syn, to the right. As you can see she can really produce some very serious pups.

GÆDA is the most polite dog we have. She is a dream to work with. No doubt one of our best on leash and off, her and Kai are superior that way. I have hiked for years with GÆDA off leash in every type of terrain and I can turn around, or look around and she is looking at me. A flawless mountain female. I am very pleased that for the last litter she produced 3 outstanding females and 3 fabulous males. I will be selecting one of those females to retain in our program to keep that GÆDA genetic lineage. The young female I have decided to name, Vida. The folks getting those other 5 they are getting some truly great pups. It's an exciting time around here for sure. My options for Vida are almost endless as I can use young Leif, I can use Bram and if I wished, could use Hachi. So truly endless potential to preserve this ancient female genetic material. Things are good.

GAEDA Norwegian Elkhound FemaleGÆDA and Ashten sitting, Kamp sleeping high mountain hike late fall 2016

GÆDA can hike the high country like nothing. She has a ton of stamina, she is a big girl with a nice light step. She really is awesome off leash. Never would I have to say her name or say a word to her the entire trip, there and back. I have hiked miles and miles off leash with GÆDA. Here she sits by Ashten, happy to share the great view we had at the top of our hike. These two, GÆDA and Kamp, along with Jaegar and Tora accompanied Ashten and I for a real nice full day hike through our rugged part of the world. We had an awesome time. Her and Takoda can create the most amazing hiking and personal companion dogs of any pair anywhere in the world!

You'll be able to see her great nature in this next video, so polite. We have picked out the young daughter and her name is now Vida. She is a beauty, so nice but will all instincts intact and a full watch working girl, true daughter of Takoda and GAEDA, pretty neat.

Here is a very fun video we did with all the litters, what a fun time, enjoy:


 Marlene, Takoda and Aina, July 1st, 2017

Marlene, Aina and Takoda

Marlene and I had a great hike on Canada Day, July 1st 2017. We took the two big Swedish Dogs up to the high country for an early morning stretch out. They love the high country as it's so full of game and rich with scent. Great to hike with these two big dogs.

These are powerful Swedish Elkhounds, Takoda running 70 + lbs and Aina just at 60 lbs. She is going to be bulking up now this fall while she gets ready to have a litter.

We were taking a break at the top but they were fully aware of everything around us, tons of game, bear especially all around so we keep these two on leash, they of course think they perhaps should tree a few bears for us.

I have the details on the Aina and Rico litter below, it's fast approaching as well, Aina is doing terrific. 

Ashten, Russ with RicoAshten had a chance to get together with Russ and big Rico when she was getting Annabelle, Moki and Birgit to the plane. The pups had a chance to burn around and get to know the big fella a bit. Russ has been having a really great time with Rico, he is doing awesome.

Rico has been filling out lately and is a large big fella now these days, pushing up to just over 80 pounds now. The litter with Aina will be some spectacular pups. I'll have more on Rico and Russ and Beth in the upcoming newsletter.

Aina Jamthund FemaleAina is an incredible female. She has been seriously dominant from the day she walked into the yard as a young pup and today is still our most dominant female. She is taking no crap from anyone today, the only one she has full respect for yet is Takoda.

Here she is watching our yard, an amazing yard protector and watch dog this girl. Nothing, and I mean nothing gets by her. Her sense of smell is incredible and she is territorial to the 9th degree. When her and Takoda are on leash side by side and they catch a scent they feel is important, Wow, you had best hang on. She is all I could ever have wished for and still basically just a young year and few months old. Amazing Jamthund Female this girl!

Aina - Jamthund - Swedish Elkhound - Litter Summer 2018

Aina and Rico Jamthund Dogs with Merv

Well, I have here with me two amazing Jamthunds. Both are two of the very best in the world, with so many champions lining up the background of either that it's unbelievable.

Young Aina, 9 Months old, 58 pounds already is my best friend, she is so much like Takoda in so many ways it's unbelievable. Never did I think I would see such personable nature to the handler and all the traits he has be equalled. She will show me all the traits and qualities the ancient Swedish Elkhounds possess. This is also my most dominant young female I have ever seen, and I have witnessed a large number of them. She takes the cake.

Her mother is Finnish Bear Champion, her dad Finnish Working Champion, every dog in her lineage as far back as you wish to look, going back to minimum 1958 are all Champion hunting and working dogs and show champions. This is the very best Jamthund female you could find.

Aina and Rico Jamthund Dogs with MervI will mate her with Rico toward the end of 2017. He has the exact same quality lineage, a stunning mate for her. I had the breeders in Finland work hard to get me the perfect match up for Rico. Decades of experience in selecting dogs they put together to assist me in getting the right female. I could not be happier.

Years ago when Tora was a very young pup I had folks speak for her pups and wait two years for her to develop, I have the same opportunity for folks to do the same with Aina. Already folks are speaking for pups from this combination, there are only a possible chance let for a male. All females are spoken for and quite a few males. Please contact me very early if you expect to have a chance at a pup from this pair.

Its a great honour for me to have had the support and assistance of Ossi, the breeder of Aina and Satu and Jani, the breeders of Rico to work with me and over time, breed and plan for the right pup to start the Canadian Jamthund lineage at Kamia Kennels. I could not thank all of them enough for the time and effort they have invested to get the Jamthunds started in Canada.

Ossi has spent his life breeding some of the very best Jamthunds and has many many champions. Satu and Jani have as well been working and raising the very best in the Jamthund breed for years as well. I will expand on Aina over the next while and keep all informed as we go forward. These my friends, These Are Ancient Elkhounds!

Aina Female Jamthund 1 YearThis is a recent photo of Aina at 1 year of age March 13th, 2017. She is an incredible female Jamthund. As of today she is longer than all my dogs except Takoda. She also taller than all except him. She is 60 pounds of lean muscle. This girl has some serious attitude.  Awesome mountain dog. FEARLESS.

I really enjoy my time with Aina she is the ultimate one owner dog this gal. I'll be putting more up on her page, you can visit her page here for more on this great Jamthund: Aina Swedish Elkhound

Kamia Kennels - Norwegian Elkhounds

Elkhound Puppies are easy enough to care for, they have a very warm coat and as long as your kennel area is not overly cold at night will be very content. The better the food quality you feed, the healthier the pup. We recommend either a raw food diet or Origen. Origen is an extremely good prepared ration for your pup.

The first six months are important to your pup, especially at night. Allowing the pup time to go outside every 2 - 3 hours for a quick break to go to relieve themselves ensures that the bladder remains healthy for life. The same applies during the day as well.

Kennel training begins immediately and provides your pup with the knowledge and the opportunity it requires to grow up healthy, and remain very easy to look after.

Elkhounds are very intelligent, and if given a chance can begin learning all types of information right away. You won't need to wait, it's very rewarding working with a young pup and watching them grow and learn and develop.

Mia shown below with her and Takoda's April 2009 Litter - 10 pups

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.

A 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!

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.

Consistent Genetics

Artemis and Magnus

This is a very cool photo and fitting for this particular update. I have in the image closest to us Artemis, the young female pup from Leif and Tuva, sister to Torleif. The young male, just slightly older is Magnus, who is a son of Kai and Hachi. As you can easily see stunning Elkhounds.

Syn, GÆDA and Jaegar Daughter

Syn, Norwegian Elkhound FemaleThere are few if any places left in the world today that you can go to find the big dark old world working Norway females. Syn is from a time gone by, no doubt. In the old days these magnificent young females were everywhere, today, only Kamia Kennels has the old ancient lines that produce these amazing Elkhounds.

Syn, Norwegian Elkhound Female

Tammy and Duane brought Syn over when they picked up her brother, Dajr, a son of GÆDA and Takoda. What an amazing Elkhound. I'll be sharing more on Syn in the newsletter.


Kaieesha - Half Sister to Tuva/Tekla

Kaieesha - Daughter of Jaegar and Kamp

Kaieesha, one of the beautiful daughters of Jaegar and Kamp from the last litter. She is a half sister to Syn directly above. These are amazing Norwegian Elkhound females.

Ranger - Son of Jaegar

Ranger Son of Jaegar and Kamp

Ranger, one of the big fellas from the last litter of Jaegar and Kamp, brother to Kaieesha above. These are outstanding big working males.

Jaegar Elkhound Stud Dog at Kamia Kennels

I put an article up about Jaegar and Leif, our two big young stud dogs. It's a neat article and gives you some insight into our program and the genetic potential we have right now with these two big fellas. Click the image of Jaegar to view it.

Elkhound Pup Prices

Our Canadian destined Pups are 2000.00 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 3000.00 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 3000.00 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 3000.00 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 Desna

Desna, Son of Takoda and GÆDA 16 weeks

Desna with Cow and Calf Moose 

Desna a few years later keeping watch out for bears helping his friend this cow Moose and young twin calves.

I'll share the story on Desna and this cow Moose in the upcoming newsletter, Tim just sent me this photo the other day and I wanted to put it up.

Tora and Luna

Tora is very happy to spend time with her half sister Luna. Both Tora and Luna are daughters of Takoda.

Tora and Luna

MÅNE - Our New Stud Male

I have below my new future stud dog, MÅNE. He is a son of Takoda and Tekla.I had asked Tekla and Takoda to bring out a bear chasing rascal with a big white chest, and sure enough, first pup out this tough little rascal comes out. Go Figure!

 Mane, our new Elkhound Stud Dog

MÅNE is Swedish for Moon, and because he was born the night of the SuperMoon, I thought it was a fitting name for such a tremendous young male. This is a half brother to Jaegar of course, as Takoda is the father of Jaegar.

Luna new foundation female

Luna Elkhound Female

Now I also let Tekla and Takoda know that I needed a new hand bitting sister to Tora, a grand daughter for Kamp, and sure enough, just like her granma Kamp, Luna is a hand biter. These two are going to be some very special Elkhounds, no doubt about it. Luna is going to carry the Kamp, Tekla lineage ahead for us. She and her brother are two of the very best we have ever raised.

Tora and Leif

Coming into our program Leif had some filling out to do. He was a young male and had not had much work. Around here it's tough going with almost all hikes uphill, both ways.

As you can see he has muscled right in very well, in fact he can now stand beside the powerhouse Tora and still maintain his composure. A great testament to his genetics and our conditioning program.

Tora and Leif Norwegian Elkhounds


Tekla is of course in awesome shape. She is having a great summer just spending some time with cruising around the mountains.

She will be cycling this late fall and we will be expecting her to catch and have a litter before year end hopefully.

Tekla is probably the best female Norwegian Elkhound in North America I believe, and if the truth be told, probably as good as you could find in the World Today! This my friends, this is an Elkhound!
Tekla Norwegian Elkhound Female

Takoda, Aina and I

There are great days and then there are Great Days. July 1st, 2017 Canada Day, 150 Year birthday for Canada, pretty neat for sure.

Marlene and I had a chance to hike first thing in the morning with the future of the Swedish Elkhounds in Canada, Takoda and Aina.  Pretty Neat Indeed!

Swedish Elkhounds Takoda and Aina