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Elkhound Puppies

Elkhound Puppies - Breeding Update October 27th, 2018

Aina has her new Jamthund pups - 9 Healthy Swedish Elkhounds

Aina, Litter Two 9 PuppiesWe are so thrilled to see the little Jamthunds nursing away, healthy and happy. They are doing so well. 5 Males and 4 Females this time round. She felt she was ready to step up and show the other girls, nothing to it. What a neat thing for Aina. She is such a great Mama to them.

She is eating well, doing great. The pups are already big fatsos. That photo and the video below I took when they were a day and a half old. They were born the 21st, I had figured it would be the 22nd but she moved it up a day, no doubt, look at the size of those pups. They can literally walk around almost.

The first photo on the red blanket is at a day and a half, the next photo is at 6 days, growing fast!

Aina, Litter Two 9 PuppiesSo yes, a fun time these days, her other son Ark, he can hear these rascals and smell them, he is so excited to see them. He is going to be doing some of the training with them, that will be so fun, I can hardly wait.

So of course we already know a few names, Xena is the female going to Beth and Russ, she will keep her dad Rico company. Elvis is heading out to Jen and James. Natan, "Apache for Chief" or Nate for short is heading down to Carolyn and Spencer. A few of the others have not got back to me yet with their selections but I'll update when I hear. For now, enjoy this video of these rascals.



Tucker gets out hunting, Son of MANE and Kalia

John and his grandson with TuckerI received a really neat set of photos from John the other day. This is so cool. I recall way back when John's son, Chris contacted me about the potential for getting a pup for his dad, John.

Now Chris, he lives with his son Jack way down under in Australia, go figure! So these mates, they contacted me to see if they could start a conversation about getting a new Elkhound for John, who lives in BC.

I really enjoyed working with Chris all the way through getting it all sorted out, selecting the right litter and figuring out the skill set the pup would need and much more. John meanwhile was checking out the site, watching video's and getting things ready around home, new fishing line, new scope on the rifle, that sort of thing.

We agreed that given the outdoor life that John led, and the fact that he was retired and wanted to do a ton more fishing, hunting and camping that there would be no better match than a son of MANE and Kalia. Can anybody say skilled hunting dog?

John and his Grandson Jack above with Tucker

Chris and his son Jack below with Tucker

Chris and his son in Canada with TuckerSo when I had Tucker ready to go John came down to pick him up and he was so thrilled. He has been waiting for a great young Elkhound for a long time and this worked out perfectly.

We had a really nice visit when he came and he told me how he was hoping that in the near future he could have Chris and his grandson come to visit, and if all things lined up, potentially now that Tucker was there, they could get out on a hunt.

What better thing can you imagine. Such a great time, look at the smiles on those faces, can you believe it. I sure can. Look at that Tucker, he is one cool dude isn't he. What a Rock Star!

So I am very honored to have had the pleasure to work with these boys in getting this young hunting rascal all ready for them to enjoy the great Canadian wilderness, as it should be, with a great Elkhound and the boys. Pretty Neat No Doubt!

This particular lineage that flows through Tucker is one of the very best working lines of Norwegian Elkhounds in the world. The background of young Tucker has been 1 magnificent hunting Elkhound after another, working with the handlers exactly like what you see here for centuries. I am so thrilled to get these updates and want to Thank all of them for sharing such a great time with all of us, and of course for the awesome care and fun they Tucker, Son of MANE and Kaliaare giving to young Tucker.

Tucker sits here, a magnificent son of MANE and Kalia, such a Rock Star fella. I am proud of all my dogs as you can well imagine, I have a VERY FAT HEAD about them no one disputes that, but no kidding, sons of MANE, well pretty special aren't they?

You could see this exact style of photo from Norway, Sweden, Finland all the Scandinavian regions, and would have seen them for many generations, but honestly guys, you three are some of the happiest, your scenery is some of the greatest, and your dog, well he is the best. And let me say this, my smile is just as big as yours, very happy for all of you, what a time!

Thank you for sharing with us such fun.

Keep us posted.


Tor heads to Stewart - Son of Tika and Leif

Mike and Shannon picking up TorMike and Shannon contacted me a long time ago looking for a great Norwegian Elkhound. They of course live up in Stewart BC, and as you know, this region is almost exactly like Norway with serious Fjords, hunting, hiking, and tons and tons of snow. Wildlife Galore Too.

So they are avid hunters, Shannon she was sharing all her gear with us, wow, she has some nice stuff, and Mike, no doubt same. So it was fun for me to just hear about the region and the fun they have up there, and what young Tor will be doing.

They wanted a very skilled dog, yet one that was fun to be around as they would be introducing him to all the folks in town, its a great place they live and they wanted skill and social. I said I have the ultimate match-up coming for them. You guessed it, Pretty Boy Leif and Tika.

Tor - Son of Tika and LeifTor has the perfect combination of genetics to thrive in his new home and environment and can handle any situation that can come up. Look at that boy would you, oh man.

So Tika, she is a true working Elkhound, she is a daughter of the Famous Bram and Tora so you know she has skill, and instincts.

Pretty Boy Leif he has proven to be the ultimate matchup for our female genetics and brings in that social and personality that is so fun to be around. And make no mistake, Leif has skills and genetics to no end.

So you end up with the Rock Star pups, one after another, just like this big fella Tor. Mike sent me some truly outstanding photos of him just the other day off leash hiking the remote Canadian Wilderness. What a sight to see, no doubt.

So that first photo of Mike and Shannon, forgot to mention it, but Tika was not here when they came for Tor, as she lives over with Wendy and Dale a ways east of us, so her two sisters, Tekla and Kai were there to fill in as the greeters. Pretty cool for Mike and Shannon to have a chance to drive all the way down, it's a long haul, two full days each way. I have always said, we have the greatest folks get our dogs, and Shannon and Mike, truly an awesome couple. We had a really nice time with them. A Huge Thank you to them for the confidence in our dogs and our program.

Tor - Son of Tika and Leif
Tor out in Northern British Columbia Canada - Son of Tika and Leif 14 Weeks Old

The Norwegian Elkhound has been used exactly as Shannon and Mike plan to use Tor for centuries. This particular lineage is one of the oldest recorded lines in the world, they have been in families working and as a part of the family the entire time.

I believe if I am not mistaken, the Elkhound is the oldest family dog breed in existence with history dating back thousands of years. This particular breed and this lineage represents all of the great breeders dating back to long before the start of the association even. All those old breeders worked hard to preserve the skills and the genetics in those great dogs so that a young couple like Shannon and Mike could enjoy a lifetime of fun with their Elkhound.

As preservation breeders we strive to keep the old working lines alive and this is truly what we work to provide, a magnificent young Norwegian Elkhound who can provide companionship to his handlers, loyal and faithful to his last breath, a true working Elkhound from the moment he gets home. This my friends, This is an Elkhound!

Luna will be cycling in October, please contact us early on her litter!

Luna, high country hiking

Luna is in my opinion most likely the very best working lineage Norwegian Elkhound female in North America and she can rival any world wide.
This is an extremely powerful and agile female. She is big, almost the largest female I have, Kalia is still just a little bit larger but not for long as Luna now muscles in. Her frame size is based around the Swedish style and she has the thick big power from her Grandmother Kamp.
As most of you know, Kamp was 64 pounds of solid muscle, and true powerhouse ancient lineage big girl and Luna has taken all of that genetic material and used it.
Your going to get  a magnificent pup from Luna and Pretty Boy Leif. There is no end to genetics on either side, it's simply amazing how many great dogs line up the background of these two.

I have a great photo gallery of her assisting me as well in the Desna work: Click Here For The Photos of Luna

I have a video of her assisting me training Osa and Koda, sons of Leif and Tika, enjoy.


Vida - Sister to Luna - She will cycle after New Year

Vida Fall Hiking in the mountainsVida is going to be cycling in the early part of 2019. This is a stunning sister to Luna, equally as good as her and without question one of the very best females in North America. This is a very good genetic female as she is an outcross female to lots of Elkhounds in North America. So Vida can work with Tuva's son Torleif, Tekla's sons Loki and Vitnir, and of course Pretty Boy Leif.

So our plans so far are to use Torleif this first litter. It will be a truly amazing pairing as that is literally all our best genetics in one package. Quite amazing really. The pups from this combination are going to be incredible.

Vida is the very best recall dog on the planet, no kidding. If you have ever seen her on the video's watching her work you know what I mean. This is an extremely skilled off leash dog. There would be literally no off leash dogs anywhere any better, and that takes into account all the Elkhounds worldwide. Go figure that one.

So yes, contact us, we have a waiting list, but reach out to us if you are wanting an Elkhound of the extreme upper end.

Phoenix - Sister to Tekla and Tuva - Daughter of Kamp and Jaegar - She will cycle after New Year

Phoenix Fall Hiking 2018Phoenix is going to be cycling after Vida, about that March time frame. This is another stunning female. For those of you who have been around our site a bit you know her sisters, Tuva and Tekla. And you would of course know her famous father, Jaegar man himself, and yes, her mother is Kamp. Can you imagine the pups that Phoenix is going to be having when we mate her with Pretty Boy Leif.

I can hardly wait. Oh my goodness they will be amazing. Combine that big power of Jaegar and Kamp together with that fancy show package of Leif, Wow. What stunning pups.

Phoenix Fall Hiking 2018Phoenix has been a great help this fall as she has taken up some of the slack in the Desna training program when MANE was hurt. She is a seriously good working Elkhound of course, her dad is a machine and so was her mother. Phoenix is shown here Timber and Echo up in the high country.

So by all means contact us on the litter from Phoenix it's already filling up fast so don't hesitate to reach out to us please don't leave it too long.


Tyko - A stunning son of Jaegar and Kalia

Tyko - Son of Jaegar and KaliaSharlene and Wayne have two great children, Lauren and Connor. They have been raising this magnificent big fella named Tyko. This is a son of Jaegar and Kalia, he is around that year old mark in the photos. What a great fella. I want to Thank all of them for the awesome home they give Tyko, the great care and attention, and of course for the super update on that big fella, keep us posted.

I got this neat update from Sharlene on this rascal.

"Hi Merv,

Tyko turned 1 year old in August!

I think in my last update message I mentioned that Tyko had a bad parasite infection. After a lot of consistent treatment with a new de-wormer, his health is excellent again … and we’ve learned to keep a close eye on him outside because he’s a sneaky little poop eater! I’ve attached some 1-year old pictures of him so you can see just how healthy and handsome he is. Everywhere we go, people stop and admire our beautiful dog. Feel free to use some of these lovely photos on your website, if you want to.

Tyko is really bright. He has been super easy to train from the day we brought him home. He always works really hard to please us and wants to do the right thing. Often he anticipates what he’s supposed to do. Very rarely do we have to tell him ‘no.’

Tyko - Son of Jaegar and KaliaI also can’t say enough about Tyko’s calm, loving temperament. He has totally bonded with each of us and is sensitive to our emotional states. He senses when to snuggle, and when to run and jump and play. A while ago, Lauren had a really bad asthma attack while we were hiking in Jasper and needed emergency treatment. As we made our way down the mountain trail with Lauren on a stretcher, Tyko was very concerned about her. When we got down to the ambulance, before we knew it, he actually jumped into the ambulance to try to stay with her. The amazing thing is that he doesn’t like steps – Wayne always has to carry him up new steps until he gets comfortable with them!

This summer, we attended a dog training class, both to keep building obedience skills and for safe exposure to other dogs. The trainer, who also is involved with therapy dogs, has asked us to consider taking therapy dog training with Tyko. That’s just how special he is!

He is such an awesome young dog, we feel really lucky that he’s part of our family. When people ask where he came from, we let them know about Kamia Kennels and the great dogs you have. Thanks so much for choosing Tyko for us!

Take care,
Sharlene, Wayne, Connor and Lauren"


Shorty, resting after a big hike at Harrison Hot Springs on a goat trail

Shorty, big hike at Harrison Hot SpringsI am always excited to hear from Teresa and Darren. They have provided an awesome home to Shorty. Now for those that don't remember Shorty, he was the first stud dog we brought in for an outcross, before Leif. An awesome solid male, same genetic lineage as Pretty Boy Leif, same breeder in fact. However Shorty had a glitch in his semen just some thing that he was not able to reproduce. Awesome fella and we loved him, but we just were not going to be able to use him. So we spent quite a bit of time finding just the right couple for him. Teresa and Darren had a great male before and when he was gone they were looking for a nice mature fella. They are active have a ton of things on the go with Shorty all the time and always keep us posted.

We want to Thank Them immensely. It's a hard thing to rehome the mature dogs, and Shorty and I we got along really well. He was a great male. So I am so please to have him go to such a great home. I have been meaning to get some of the updates on Shorty up on the site and finally getting around to it. So once again A big Thank You to Teresa and Darren, please stay in touch, Shorty looks awesome.

Cinder - Full Sister to Kai and Tika - Daughter of Tora and Bram

Cinder - Norwegian Elkhound Daughter of ToraAs we have been talking a fair bit about the two sisters Kai and Tika, especially since we still have 4 of the boys from Tika here doing the Desna training it's really cool to get a great update online of another sister of those two.

This beauty is Cinder, Wow, did Tora and Bram ever put together some females. The finest collection you'll ever see. Look at that stunning female, my goodness.

These are the big working girls, no fluff, no fancy care, put em to work boy and they love it. They will look after you, care for you, and be the best pal you'll ever have.

Christy has Cinder over toward Fernie, I need to get over there one day and visit. She sent me some awesome photos of Cinder and a great update. I sure do want to Thank her for always staying in touch, and of course for the amazing life and home that Cinder has. So Awesome.

"Hi Merv!
It's been awhile since I've sent photo's of Cinder.
6 1/2 years old, and one of my best hiking and running partners 😁
She's saved me from a charging moose, and I know when we're outdoors she's got my back.
She's very loyal, very fun, and has a cat as her best friend 😉
Cinder is amazing with children and super protective of babies and "her" kitty Rogue!
Also, miracle of miracles - she's become quite fond of water!
We love her to bits and pieces

The Fancy Daughter of Kai and Leif - Tekla out in Ontario

This is a very showy female from Kai and Leif. You can see she has all the great traits of both those two world class parents she has. This is Tekla. She is out in Ontario with Julie. Julie keeps me posted on her developments and gives her and awesome lifestyle.

Tekla, Daughter of Kai and LeifNow when you combine that big raw power that flows down through Kai from her mother Tora, and you get the good thick build of Leif you can end up with these fancy powerhouse females like Tekla. Look at that coat, those markings, have you ever seen a tighter tail curl, I think not!

What a stunning female. A big thank you to Julie for this awesome update and please keep us posted on Tekla, you are doing a magnificent job with her. Thank You!

"Hi Merv, just thought you might like to see Tekla, from the litter of Kai and Leif in September 2017. She is a fine spirited, very very strong one year old and is keeping the squirrels out of her domain.
She is very affectionate, which we appreciate, and she is certainly keeping us out walking as she needs a lot of exercise.

Cheers, Julie Culshaw"

Signi - Daughter of Kai and Leif - Sister to Tekla above, different litter

Signi - daughter of Kai and LeifThe other amazing female is Signi, Jennifer had sent some updates a while back and I just got another great update on Signi. What a beauty queen she is turning out to be. Wow. These are awesome family dogs, they are full working dogs so can mix and match with the family as it happens. Very versatile dogs. Jennifer, please keep us posted on Signi, or Whiskey, Puff etc. Too Funny.

"Hi Merv,

Here is our pretty girl. Tait and Bianca have now nicknamed her ‘whisky’ so she has to endure a few different names now including ‘Puff’ ( for her puffy tail) and most frequently ‘Puppy’. Luckily as you probably know she basically tolerates everything we throw her way ( I’m pretty sure her name was also Cupcake for a few weeks). This is her favorite spot - to chew her bone on the back stairway. She loves to lie outside but only if the door to inside is open so she’s not ‘shut out’ from the family. Which I allow when it’s warm enough to keep the door open. If the door is closed she rings the bell to be let out but if I close the door she barks to be let back in until we settle in the door open! Not sure how that will work out in December - hahaha.

We met another elkhound in our neighborhood - also one of yours but from 6 years ago. Will try to get a picture of them together and send it your way.



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.

A change in format - I keep the previous versions now - Click Below

Breeding Update Sept 2018

Breeding Update August 8th 2018


Sage and Willow - New Foundation Females

Sage and Willow Foundation Female Norwegian Elkhounds

As most of you know we are old world preservation breeders. We are working to keep the old genetics intact and preserved exactly as it has been for centuries. Now in all breeding program you need to bring in outcross bloodlines. Pretty Boy Leif is our famous outcross Stud dog that was brought in to preserve our female lines. As everyone in North America knows we have the very best working female genetics there is and we needed an an extremely good male to assist us in preserving our females. These two daughters of Tika and Pretty Boy Leif are a prime example of that concept at work. We retained this pair of sisters from the last litter of Tika and Leif to go back into our program. True little Rock Star females, oh man. What fun to come.

Letta - New Foundation Female

Letta, Daughter of Leif and Kai

This magnificent young female is another of our new foundation females. Once again, this is a daughter of Pretty Boy Leif and Kai. Now for those of you who are not aware, Leif was mated to full sibling sister, Tika and Kai. We kept daughters from both litters, the two sisters up top, Sage and Willow, and this magnificent daughter of Kai, named Letta. So in reality Letta, Sage and Willow are basically full siblings, even though they have different mothers.

This is a magnificent set of females.

Now as you are all probably aware, we also have another foundation female from another sister to Kai and Tika, again, from Pretty Boy Leif, which is the daughter of Tekla. Her name is Velma.

The Famous Pretty Boy Leif

Leif, Father of Sage, Willow, Letta and Velma.

Pretty Boy Leif, now a full fledged mountain working Elkhound. He has been off leash basically since the day he came, although he had never been offleash before he came. MANE trained him with me. He is skilled now let me tell you. He is a magnificent stud dog. Truly amazing set of pups he has been producing with the 4 sisters, Tekla, Tuva, Kai and Tika.

We are thrilled beyond expectations. We knew his background was lined with the very best female Norwegian Elkhounds in North America and we fully expected to have stunning daughters. We are getting them without questions, so our working lineages are going to be preserved without question.

Here is what is really neat, he is cranking out Males with our females that are simply outstanding. So not only are we able to preserve our genetics on the female side, but we have seen now that we can preserve our females using sons of them as well.

Torleif - Son of Leif and Tuva

Torleif, Son of Leif and Tuva

This is an example of preservation of genetics at it's finest. This is a young male from Leif and Tuva, his name is Torleif. He is going to be used as a stud dog to sire a litter with Vida. Leif has proven that he can crank out sons equally as good as his daughters. Now, granted, he is paired up with the very best females in North America so we fully expected all the pups to be magnificent, but take a look, pretty awesome isn't it.

Loki - Son of Leif and Tekla

Loki - Son of Leif and Tekla

Another great example of genetic preservation is this stunning son of Leif and Tekla. You couldn't find better males anywhere in the world than these boys. Truly amazing. So Loki we believe we might be using him with Vida for Litter two.  Loki has a magnificent brother named Vitnir that we also could use. Go Figure!

Teuvo at home in Ft Langley

Teuvo - Son of Tekla and Leif

Now its with great pleasure I can share this neat story with you about Teuvo. Sharon contacted me a long time back and asked to secure a pup from our lines. She has Four Sons.  I mentioned we were expecting a great litter from Leif and Tekla. She was very excited. Honestly, I think she wanted a female, but when Teuvo came they were all so happy, she said: "With four boys we were destined to have a male". She now has Teuvo at home with her family and I just got this terrific update. Thank you so much Sharon and boys for the awesome life that Teuvo will have.

 Sharon and her Son pickup Teuvo

"Hi Merv,

Teuvo has settled in well to his new home in Fort Langley. He enjoys exploring our yard and especially our hill where the pictures were taken. Our two cats have accepted that he’s here to stay but still keep their distance. Hopefully they will all become friends in time. Teuvo and I did our first little run on the river trail this morning. Had to have him on a leash which he wasn’t too happy about at the start but then forgot about it and had a great time.

Teuvo has been a great addition to our family!

Hope all is well in Grand Forks,

MÅNE and Luna training Nora and Letta

It takes impeccable skills in the training dogs to fashion the correct behaviour and draw out all the instinctive ability in the young trainee, or in this case trainee's.

MANE and Luna training Nora and Letta

As I mentioned earlier, I have the greatest collection of remote terrain dogs in the world and MÅNE and Luna, full siblings are two of my very best. Young Nora and Letta could not wish for better leadership in these conditions. 

MANE and Luna training Nora and Letta

And You Can Click Here For The Photo Gallery of This Hike

No doubt that Kai and Leif have placed the ability into the pup, no question at all about that. And working with these young rascals in remote terrain each day, there is also no doubt our trainers are sharpening the skill of those young pups to a fine edge!

Elkhound Pup Prices

Our Canadian destined Pups are 2500.00 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 3500.00 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 3500.00 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 3500.00 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

 Jaegar - Stud Male

Jaegar Stud Male Elkhound

Jaegar was out to visit and spend time with us recently but is back up in Kamloops with Ashten. Jaegar and Silver Nova train together up there.

Jaegar is in phenomenal shape, Bryn works him everyday, and of course Silver Nova as well. So they both are rock solid.

Jaegar is a big male, a dominant big fella. He is a perfect match for Tuva. If your on this list for this litter, Wow, you have a pup coming.

 It's a fun time as well as he could of course work with Silver Nova down the road. That would be pretty cool as well. MANE sure wouldn't be too pleased about that though.