We, Norman and Mitzie Vig purchased our first Norwegian Elkhound in 1960, and have been breeding only Norwegian Elkhounds ever since.
We were living in Alberta at the time, at the North end of Sylvan Lake. In 1961, we bred our bitch to “cedarstone’s Fritz” owned by Natalie Madanski, near Edmonton. Natalie was most helpful in getting us started on the right foot. She recommended joining the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC), registering a kennel name, Vigeland, and getting our tattoo letters, When our bitch, Maggie, presented us with nine puppies on our son Ole’s first birthday, December 29th, 1961, we were members of the CKC, and all set to properly name, tattoo and register our puppies.
That was the start, and over the past 60 years, we have imported five different bitches from the top Norwegian Elkhound kennels in Norway. In 1968, our first import “Ch. Ryfjeld’s Driva av Vigeland” started a new trend for us. All our dogs were shown well-groomed, but not a whisker or hair was clipped on them. Elkhounds are hunting dogs, and their whiskers are needed to protect them in bushy conditions.
Driva was a great bitch, producing “Ch. Vigeland’s Trygg Sigbjorn” from her first litter. Trygg became the Top Winning Norwegian Elkhound in Canada in 1973, and placed second in 1974. Driva produced many champions, and her offspring became the foundation stock of many kennels. Driva was twice sent to California to be bred to the TOP DOG ALL BREEDS in the USA, “Ch. Vin-Melca’s Vagabond“.
Having been members of the Norsk Kennel Klub for a number of years, we have attempted to breed our elkhounds according to the tried and true Norwegian Standard for the Grey Elkhounds. Elghund is incorrectly translated as elkhound unfortunately. The direct translation is MOOSEDOG. Moose is ELG in Norwegian, and dog is HUND. They are not a hound, and should be placed with the other Spitz type dogs at Dog Shows, or preferably in a Spitz Group, which is where they are shown in Europe.
In 1977, we purchased a place in Atlin, BC, in the Northwest corner of BC. So for the past 35 years, we have divided our time between our farm in Abbotsford, BC, and the wilderness of Atlin. Our dogs enjoy the three-day trip north in the spring and the three-day trip home again in the fall. They especially enjoy houseboat trips on beautiful Atlin Lake, and our moosehunting expeditions in the fall.
If you are interested in the Norwegian Elkhound we would love to hear from you, and we would try to answer any question that you may have. We will continue to breed one or two litters of quality puppies a year. The puppies are ready to go to their new homes at eight weeks of age. They will have had all the necessary shots, they will be micro-chipped, and registered with the CKC.
You can reach us by telephone at: Sheila Vig Robertson in Whitehorse, Yukon at 867-668-3885
or text cell : 867-334-2916
Our e-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org
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