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Elkhound Puppies - Breeding Update May 14th, 2017

 Tekla decided not to have a litter this round

Tekla Norwegian Elkhound April 8th 2017Tekla is in amazing shape and she cycled within a day of her six month time frame. However, she has decided she was not quite ready to catch again so we will not be having a litter from her right away.

We will let her cycle again in 4 months and see if she is ready at that time to catch. I am okay with things of this nature, they know best. If she was ready to catch, she would have.

Takoda is in great shape and if all is going as planned I most likely will still use him for the next cycle. So for the next litter we are now going to begin planning for the Kai and Kalia litters, with Tuva close behind them. They should be cycling in around that June time frame.

Kai and Leif, Summer 2017 Litter

Leif Norwegian Elkhound Male SireThere are some really great pups around the yard these days and one that is still here is a pup from Leif, young Artemis. What a stunning beauty she is. She is this great little female with such a pretty way about her it's amazing. She has her dad's fancy step and high rise neck and stance, super showy. She is not as heavy as our females but strong and fast, an incredible young female.

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. So the match up we have selected for him next is with Kai.

 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 early hikingKai 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 have two of them here for the Desna training program, both awesome young males.

But we will move forward in June when she cycles to use Leif this round. 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.

These my friends, these are Elkhounds!

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 going to be up to the task.

Leif and Tuva have a litter on the ground here now, 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 and Tuva with me January 2017 - Both of these Norwegian Elkhounds are super personable!

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 been a while since I have hiked with a young male and I sort of forgot how much fun they can have on these outings. Leif he had not been raised in the snow so when we get up high and out of the trees and he looks around, snow everywhere he is in love with life. he can't believe his good fortune. He is rolling around and sliding down the hill, runs back up, does it again. Too much fun! What a great natured fella. I had him and MÅNE and Tora on a great hike. Leif did not come with any off leash skills. I have put him through the Desna training program, basically right alongside MÅNE. Leif is doing very well, he is not in MÅNE's league but I doubt there are any dogs in the world in MÅNE's league but Leif is very good. He is a very personable, fun loving big fella, really nice to be around.

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 the other day 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 Ruka 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, Ruka and Torleif are the very best pups that can be found on this continent, that is pretty cool indeed. 


Kalia and Jaegar, or Takoda- Potentially Fall Litter

Jaegar and Kalia Elkhound Pair

This is combination of Jaegar and Kalia has proven to be outstanding. I am just thrilled with the pups from these two. Annabelle, Xya, Koda, Ruka and Gifford are all superior dogs and just little rascals yet. 4 of them are staying with me for the Desna program. At this point in time I would have zero hesitation to pair Jaegar up with Kalia again. I have options though depending on the time she cycles. I have been considering using Takoda one time, and or if she is later in the cycle and MANE is ready, I can use him. So that decision I am working through, any of those three males would yield an amazing set of Elkhounds with Kalia, she is a beauty. What a great mom she has been to her rascals.


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



GÆDA one of our most polite Norwegian Elkhounds

GAEDA Norwegian Elkhound FemaleGÆDA is a stunning female. 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:


 Ashten with Jaegar Elkhound Male Skijoring Feb 2017

Ashten and Jaegar Skijoring 2017

Jaegar is a happy boy out in the mountains working. He is a great pal for Ashten, she has him hooked up to her skijoring rig here, they are just completing a 5 kilometre loop. In BC this is a great thing to have a big fella like Jaegar hooked on, as of course there are some hills, and he can pull.

Jaegar is a massive big dark Elkhound male. He is always over 70 lbs and super strong. He has a big bark, and he likes to use it. He is a dominant male, he is super watchful of anything coming around the yard, and would not let anything in.

He is a GQ male, urban trained, yet fully capable in the bush, as versatile as they come. He is polite and social, however he retains all protection instincts from his Dad and he is quick to step in if he feels there is anything amiss for Ashten, in any situation. A big male like Jaegar, with all instincts intact, they live to protect the handler.

Jaegar can pass all his traits down, they stay intact. Elkhounds were used for centuries to protect and work with the handler, in every type of environment. They are fearless dogs. We are very proud to continue to breed ancient lineage Elkhounds with all traits intact. When you have your daughter out on a hike in the wilderness, or in the urban jungle, don't send her with a dog that will create problems, send her with one who can handle and solve problems. Jaegar and Kamp will have another litter in the next short while.

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 about a year from now. 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

Jaegar and his brothers

Jaegar just over 6 years old is shown with a few of his brothers, Ripley and Kronos, along with Max shown at 16 weeks. The dogs shown in this photo are pretty much exactly what you can expect from the second litter of Takoda and Tekla, they are the parents of Ripley, Kronos and Max. Takoda is also the father of Jaegar, so you can have a good idea of what you can expect. These are the premier pups in North America.

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 1600.00 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 2500.00 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 2500 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 2500.00 Canadian plus applicable taxes.

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

Elkhound Male Desna

Desna, Son of Takoda and GÆDA 16 weeks

Luna and MÅNE

Luna and Mane with Tekla

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.


Calaya and Julie are shown below with one of the daughters from the Jaegar GÆDA litter, Vendela.

Calaya and Julie picking up Vendela

Julie sent me a terrific update on how Vendela is doing:

"She is a fun little trickster and a gentle,gentle sweet soul.
I've been here for her in the days since she's been here and she is fully settled.
She has a sense of humour.
Very responsive.
She is definitely my dog.
Everyone can not believe how she pays attention to what I do.
I don't talk too much at her.
She walks when I walk ,she comes in when I come in, if I say ven when she's in the yard she comes running. Easy girl.
She wants to play more with Andre and the kids but with me she knows I don't like to play as much but she still really likes me a lot! She is always watching me. We love her sooo much.
I'm still camped out beside her at night.
She is eating very well and getting bigger!
She is a great walker.Especially with me!
She tries to bite pants and boots with the kids but with me it's straight ahead right beside me. On the left or right side.
I haven't spent any leash time with her yet.
She loves sticks, pine cones and big ol beef rib bones.
We give her a fleshy bone or two a day and she'll chew that instead of our stuff. No problems with that as long as we are always keeping her busy with outside and bones.
The trickster part I love...
She's always right beside me unless she hides behind a tree watching,watching and watching me.I just keep going down the hill then I'll stop bend down, she'll have her head down low then pounces down the big hill with such a joy and happiness. Tricky.
We have a very special connection. I can't believe how wonderfully she is fitting into our family. Like peas and carrots.
It has been nice because of the down time I have, she needs me right now.
I always thought dogs liked males more.
She is coy with Andre.
The time I spent withGAEDA was not very long but when she looks into my eyes I see her mom.
She is a very tender dog with me.
But she has a fire inside! She is so so happy when the kids get of the school bus.
She'll bark once or twice and run tail wagging. Excitedly.
She waits for Andre at night and it's a big hello.
We are so blessed and she is right at home, truly awesome.
She licks my hands and face and I get down with her and let her do what ever.
She is a super happy laid back puppy!
Real relaxed.
The few people who have met her are completely in awe!
So easy going.

I'll send you some pics soon
Thanks for the email
I've wanted to write you but I don't want to be a bug!
So happy here Vendela will tell you next time she visits!
The perfect fit." Julie

Julie and her new companion Vendela