Tora and the other big dogs lend a hand!
Tora lends a hand with training! Here she is shown
with Rigel and Tikka. Rigel and Tikka are son and daughters of
Jaegar and Kamp. Jaegar is a younger brother of Tora. Tora as all of
you know has been an oustanding female Elkhound having raised 34
pups herself, all of which are featured on the site somewhere.
The last few years though she has proven to
be an invaluable partner with me in training the young pups, the
young females I am holding back, even training the young breeding
males like Leif and MANE. She has the rock solid nature of the
working Elkhound and is a flawless example of ancient genetics at
work. These two young pups are some of the very best you could find.
We will be keeping Tikka in our breeding program and young Rigel
is going down to work with Michele, he will be an outstanding
companion for her. He is a very personable thick old world Elkhound,
reminds me a lot of Tora.
Jaegar also steps up in training, his pups
are around but here he is shown with his half sister Birgit. She is
a daughter of Takoda and GÆDA. She is going down to Martha and
Alexandra in Vermont to help out on the trails and yard work. Birgit
is such a superior female, super stable like GÆDA yet with all
protective instincts intact from Takoda.
She is a great mountain dog like her older
half Brother Jaegar and loves to work and model him. Birgit has
excellent ranging skills that have shown early in her life, with
this lineage those instinctive behaviours appear and I can spot them
and see them at work. These photos illustrate a great deal to a
person looking for a pup when you see the modeling behaviour that
having the older lineages present will allow for. Your pup comes
home with many instinctive traits functioning as they should. There
are huge benefits to having this close knit super skilled group of
older siblings and related working Elkhounds to share knowledge with
the young pups.
There is no amount of human
training that can pass or instill in young pups what skilled older
Elkhounds can do.
Birgit and Moki with Vida , daughters and son
of Takoda and GÆDA are shown here with half brother Jaegar. Young
Moki is a fabulous young son of Takoda. He loves his big brother as
does his sisters Birgit and Vida. These pups have an instinctive
bond with the dogs they are raised with. Having the skilled big dogs
teach rank and social pack behaviour is incredibly valuable for the
life of the pup.
There are so many things getting taught to
young pups at all times with this many big dogs around that pups
become super stable, they are mentally stable to begin with but with
this environmental stimulation and behavioural training it allows
all that great natural nature to shine.
All four of these dogs are super
happy and so content they are in their element doing what they were
bred to do. In the old days way more pups were raised this way, now
its a rarity. We are so happy to have the opportunity to raise our
pups in this method.
What is really cool about this image is that
the young female Elkhound Shiloh, a daughter of Takoda and GÆDA, is
going out to be a new pal to a full sibling sister,different litter,
named Kiera in Alberta. Now Shiloh she would do just fine on a
normal training and pup set up but Felicity asked if we could keep
Shiloh for the Desna training program so that she could be imprinted
upon by all the big dogs.
What more could a pup ask for than to travel
with one of the greatest Norwegian Elkhounds in the world,
Tekla. Tekla as all of you know has the stunning twin sister Tuva
who is out on this hike as well. Tekla was born here and has lived
on these trails her entire life. She shares her skill set with
Shiloh and there are no Elkhounds anywhere better in any respect
than Tekla. Tekla is the mother to Luna and MANE. Shiloh could not have asked
for a better hiking trainer than Tekla. Pretty cool indeed!
the full sister to Tekla is out here at the same hike.
She as well as Tekla was born here and has
roamed these trails since she could venture out. Now she has her
young daughter Artemis with her as well as Tikka and I believe
Phoenix behind her.
Artemis is a special female for us as she is
our first female that was a result of the mating of working and show
lines. Kamia's Pretty Boy Leif is the father to Artemis and he is a
young show lineage stud we have brought in as some outcross
genetics. He has an excellent working parent lineage but all are
show dogs first and foremost. Tuva of course is entirely a working
lineage Elkhound as her father is the first generation born in
Canada, he is a full Norwegian Elkhound hunting lineage from Norway.
image is loaded with genetic trail stories.
Every pup in this image is an awesome working
Elkhound. The very best of our program from many sides is shown here
out in the mountains, all great young Elkhounds gathered around
Takoda.The four pups right in the middle are from Jaegar, the son of
Takoda. As you can see all the traits, the instinctive abilities and
natural mountain ranging skill travel down from Jaegar just as
easily as from Tora. Bowen standing right in front of MANE is a
super skilled mountain dog and of course he is a great grandson of
Takoda. So the lineage traits all track down from Tora, through Kai
to Bowen super easy as well.
Direct offspring MANE and Luna of course
share the traits with the young pups and are perfect representations
of what working Elkhounds should be.
is really cool to see at work is the ability for good instinctive
dogs to share the knowledge and to see the young Elkhound pups pick
up on the knowledge so fast.
You can't instruct a young pup at
anywhere near the rate of speed that an older well respected dog
The interesting thing on this whole set of
images is the range of genetics that are all working together as a
unit. These pups shown are from GÆDA and Takoda, not Jaegar. Jaegar
is a Takoda and Mia son. He is a half brother to these three
females, Vida, Shiloh and Birgit.
There are five different litters all
genetically similiar all working in a very close fashion all
exhibiting the exact same skills and mountain ranging abilities.
depth of our program not only appears in the litter quality but is
really evident in the foundation work for the pup.
Females like Tora are very rare in breeding
operations. Most breeders only wish for a female with such depth of
skill and instinctive working abilities. To have such a female
around for the pups to model is one of the greatest things a breeder
could hope for.
Top line dominant females that can work in
offleash ranging conditions with impeccable skills are just not
around. Most females just don't have the nature to work with the
handler and to have the composure to work with the pups. This take
incredible instinctive confidence and if it so happens that she has
the higher rank positions, she becomes even more valuable in
Pups model all confident dogs in a pack, they
learn from them all. What is extremely valuable for a pup to learn
though is rank training. The pups learn very quickly who is at what
position. Top rank females like Tora have a tremendous influence on
pups as she of course is the top rank female. She has the ability to
set in the pup the rank skills they need for life. The other dogs
assist in this, but she is who sets these parameters and guides the
pup in behaviour in a pack setting from the top position. Without a
pack situation for pups to learn they never have that natural
instinctive education and therefore are not as stable in as wide a
range of situations.
is instinctive behaviour at its finest. These two young fellas, they
are just little guys. Bowen and Magnus are exhibiting all the
working instinctive traits a person could ever hope to see. A couple
young mountain Norwegian Elkhound males coming over a hill focused
on returning close to the handler, happy to be returning. Knowing
they are doing the right things. Excited to be back. Not
dissappointed, not constrained, no happy to be back. This is
No one has been able to teach them behaviours
like this at this age yet, all that is occurring on these hikes is
the instinctive nature of solid good working lineage genetics is
getting woke up. They have seen the older dogs and are modeling the
behaviour, but it's also very easy for them to model as it's a
"natural instinctive reaction" for them.
There are huge advantages to
people when selecting a dog for a hiking companion to find genetics
such as these to choose from. At the end of the day no matter
what training is in place, instincts rule.
young female is a very special Elkhound for us. This is our first
Daughter line Elkhound pup from Jaegar. She is also a second
daughter line female from Kamp, as she is a daughter of Jaegar and
Kamp. Phoenix and her sister Tikka were the two last female pups
Kamp had and we kept both so we could retain that incredible Kamp
genetic diversity in our program.
As you know Tekla and Tuva are Kamp and Bram
daughters and so Phoenix and Tikka are half sisters to Tekla and
Tuva. The Kamp lineage of course is one of the very best old world
working lines you can ever hope to find. Its a rare old link to a
breeding program that was in place years ago, one of the most
respected and longest running programs in the UK, the Ravenstone
Elkhounds. Phoenix and Tikka carry that lineage forward here in
Canada as part of our family of Norwegian Elkhounds, just as the
Ravenstone Elkhounds were cared for.
is shown here with the two sisters, Phoenix and Tikka, who she
raised along with her own young daughter, Artemis. The late Margaret
and Ted Harper, founders of the Ravenstone Elkhounds would be very
happy to see such a great family of Elkhounds that all can lead back
to the ancient old world Ravenstone Elkhounds. Each of these
females, as Tuva is a half sister to Phoenix and Tikka, and her
own young daughter all carry some part of the great Ravenstone
Ravenstone Elkhounds were bred for 50 years,
one of the longest running most successful programs in the UK, they
followed the old world principles as do we, they as well had pairs
of daughters walking the countryside with the mother and
grandmother. Pretty neat that many decades later, a long ways
from those early foundations days of Ravenstone out here in a remote
corner of BC walks again, pairs of siblings, sisters and
grandmothers and fathers. As it should be.
the perfect example of an Elkhound bred for instinctive traits
versus confirmation traits
This young pup is an absolute perfect
example of our program and how it produces an instinctive Elkound
who excels in all ancient instinctive traits, while retaining every
conformation trait to it's finest portrayal.
I am in the mountains with young pups every
day pretty much these days. You can spot differences in instinctive
ability in minutes in these conditions, yet in the yard it is much
harder to tell. Environmental assessment is very crucial to
selecting breeding pairs as traits can be lost very easily. What is
awesome about working in the mountains with a young pup like Rigel,
who is a son of Jaegar and Kamp is that I get to see all the traits
we value come shining through in a very young pup. Rigel is 9 weeks
old in this photo and is so aware of all things around him, focuses
on the handler, yet watches everything around me, he is catching
scents like a pro, a superb illustration of a working full genetic
instinct intact Elkhound Male.
in the mountains with young Gifford at 11 weeks is an amazing
What I always find fascinating is how
certain traits follow through in the genetic material. Here is young
Gifford, he is a son of Jaegar and Kalia. Gifford is a half brother
to young Rigel up above. Both of these young rascals are supreme
mountian hiking dogs. In every dog a set of instinctive skills are
passed down. Everytime you mate two dogs together you are never 100%
sure if the instinctive traits and other "Conformation Traits" are
going to show up as positive or not. Some genetic lines "Pull
Stronger" than others, meaning certain traits in almost all cases
keep pulling through. What is evident with young Gifford is that the
genetics we wish to see come flying out with Kalia the same as they
do with Kamp. Having Gifford and Rigel in the exact same environment
at such a young age to work with I clearly get to see the
"instinctive ability" of the genetics flowing from two different
pairings at the exact same time. Very neat to witness.
fascinating image that captures Elkhound genetic excellence from
around the world in one spot
As a breeder we take credit for our
selection of our dogs and how we pair them up to produce what we
feel illustrates a perfect working Elkhound. But we never forget the
centuries of excellence in breeding that has been done by old world
breeders around the world to lead us to the spot we are in. This
photo illustrates centuries of breeding from Sweden, Norway, USA,
the UK and of course, Canada.
In our mind the young dogs here are as true
a representation of the dogs that were assembled at the start of the
association as you could possibly find. All qualities that the old
breeders wished to preserve are still intact in these magnificent
The two larger pups, MANE and Luna, daughter
and son of Takoda and Tekla. The dark faced rascal far right is
Bowen, Son of Kai and Hachi. The other two young males, Ruka and
Gifford are sons of Jaegar and Kalia.
height of working champion lines and show champion lines - Artemis
Norwegian Elkhound Female
Artemis is what almost any breeder of any
breed of dog would call a stacked pedigree dog. In the working world
of Norwegian Elkhounds the background of Artemis has many "working
champions in Norway, Sweden and Finland" with some of the most
awarded hunting Norwegian Elkhound sires there is. On the other side
is a list of the most impressive show Norwegian Elkhounds in the
world, with literally the highest ranking point Norwegian Elkhounds
in her background, very close to the surface.
This is a daughter of our famous Tuva. Tuva
as you all know is the height of excellence in Norwegian Elkhound
females, she is the stunning twin sister to Tekla. We mated our new
stud, Kamia's Pretty Boy Leif with Tuva and could not be happier
with the results. Artemis is a world class Elkhound!
is more to raising a great Norwegian Elkhound than Genetics
Our Desna training program is proving to be
an invaluable part of raising quality Norwegian Elkhound pups for
great families. It's one thing to have excellent genetics, but there
is also the whole environmental aspect of pup setup.
Pups model older dogs in a way that is
incredible to watch. What is very important to remember is that pups
will model a dog with poor or no traits, just as quickly as it
models a dog with superior quality traits. Having quality superior
hiking dogs, pack oriented Elkhounds all surrounding the pups leads
to incredibly well adjusted pups with all desirable traits
There is no doubt the reasons the Kamia
Elkhounds are so highly sought is not just genetics, but the supreme
instinctive and ability training the mature dogs provide. Tuva is
shown here modeling to three young Norwegian Elkhound beauties,
Artemis, Tikka and Phoenix what exactly they are supposed to be
doing in the mountains and how to do it. Tuva has been hiking these
mountains with me since before she was born. There is no better
teacher than her.
has been an invaluable part of our program from the beginning
The reason Jaegar is such a great male, so
versatile, so skilled in all areas and is what I call a GQ male has
nothing to do with me, but everything to do with Ashten. My daughter
has raised Jaegar with her from a pup. She has done an amazing job
with him. Her abilities extend our program immensely.
Folks getting our dogs are in many cases
urban with a recreational need for a great outdoor dog. They need to
have a pup that has the ability to be social and be urban, or what I
call GQ. Ashten brings that awareness and skill to our program. Here
she sits with Jaegar, directly in front is a daughter of Jaegar,
young Tikka, and behind the young Artemis. This particular set of
Elkhounds will all be superior GQ Elkhounds, they can do it all.
and Rigel, the first and only Jaegar / Kamp male pup to go through
the Desna program.
The first litter of Kamp and Jaegar there
were no male pups. The second litter Kamp had was with Bram. The
third litter Kamp had was with Jaegar but no pups stayed for the
Desna. The final litter with Kamp and Jaegar Rigel is here with us
for the Desna. So Ashten and Rigel are having a very fun time. Rigel
is like a young Jaegar really for her. She can work with him and see
every day all the little traits Jaegar had as a pup come shining
Of course Ashten was around Kamp as a pup as
well a great deal and she comments each day that she can see Kamp
coming through loud and clear in young Rigel as well. So it's a very
neat thing for all of us here to have the opportunity we have with
Rigel. Pretty Neat time for sure.
a perfect young daughter of GÆDA and Takoda
GÆDA has been an absolutely flawless
Norwegian Elkhound female for us. She has produced stunning pup
after stunning pup. We had decided for the last litter to retain one
of GÆDA's females, so we kept one back for our program, her name is
Vida. The reason we did is evident throughout the site but this
young female shown here Birgit, is a full sister to Vida, and she
illustrates why perfectly.
This is Birgit. An incredible young female
Elkhound who displays every quality trait you could wish for in an
Elkhound. There are five different litters of Elkhounds illustrated
in this article, all working and acting in unison portraying full
instinctive behaviours in as natural a setting as can be
accomplished and set up for them today. Each a shining example of
old world breeding principles that have been shared over centuries.
You could have seen a pup identical to Birgit a 1000 years ago in
the Scandinavian woods, here she stands ever watchful now on a
mountain trail far from her native homeland in a remote part of
British Columbia at Kamia Kennels.