Tekla - Norwegian Elkhound.
Tekla is a few pounds heavier than Tuva.
Tekla is just a little more laid back than Tuva overall
and is extremely steady.
Even though both of these females are at the top of the game in all
areas, Tekla is just a little more relaxed than Tuva. Tekla will let
Tuva handle things like keeping the other dogs out of their pen. Tekla
doesn't really care if they come and go into her pen, no big deal she
figures. Tuva on the other hand doesn't like it.
Tekla barks more at the deer when they come in the yard than Tuva, in
fact Tekla is super keen to let me know they are coming. She lets me
know before they come out of the bush, she has an incredible nose. Tuva
barks at them as well, but it's always Tekla who lets me know first.
Both of the females will mature out in that 55 pound range, maybe
just a little more, and my guess is Tekla will remain at just that 2
pounds heavier all the way through.
I am excited now, as Tekla has had her first litter, 10 Pups, she had
them with the Premier big boy, Takoda himself. So I have decided to keep
a female, Luna, and a new stud dog as well from this litter, Mr. MÅNE
a fabulous young rascal.
I have a super fat head about all my dogs everyone knows that. But
quite frankly a blind man could see that these two twins are
spectacular, and now that lineage gets to continue strongly with the two
Tuva - Norwegian Elkhound.
Tuva has a slightly dark masker than Tekla.
Tuva is a little bit more territorial than Tekla, and
has just a shade more protective instinctive traits on the surface.
I am always a fan of the territorial protective ability in the
Elkhound so I find the traits in Tuva very welcome. I am not a big fan
of stray dogs, stray people, etc. so tend to let my dogs run to that
protective ability side of the scale a fair bit. If Tuva wants to keep
things out of the yard, more power to her. She keeps a close watch on
her pen even, she doesn't like the other dogs cruising through her
Tuva has the ability to easily work personal protection, it's right
on the edge of her fur. I have some highly skilled personal protection
Elkhounds and these traits are highly sought. Lots of breeders who don't
understand that skill and don't really know the old ways of the Elkhound
look to breed that out, not me. That is a key instinctive ability of the
Elkhound and we preserve that and keep it intact. You want your child to
be safe walking through a park, send her with Tuva.
I want to point out that in terms of skills both of these girls
possess equal skill levels in all areas, it's just that some traits come
out differently. Traits can be honed with skill training, the closer the
trait is to the surface, the easier to hone of course.
I take a great deal of pride in my dogs ability to respond to what I
wish them to do. As you can see from all the material on this site about
these females and their mother Kamp, all three of them are absolute in
their devotion to work with me. I could hike to Alaska and back, these
three would know exactly where I was the entire trip, and would guide me
safely throughout the trip, gladly taking every measure needed to keep
me safe, and each other.
These my friends, these are true ancient Viking Elkhounds!