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Show puppies by Anatomy; Loyal Companions and Protection by Nature; Health and Longevity by good genetics; and proven by Health Testing Certifications. Brought to you by a thoughtful knowledgeable trusted breeder of over 45 years. Breeders of the finest quality Schutzhund/IPO titled & Breed Surveyed German Shepherds in the United States. Our breeding program maintains the integrity of the German Shepherd's heritage to preserve the ideal human-canine bond. 

Our Merkel Geneology is from
Haίloch, Germany

We are published in these books

Haus Merkel
   Breeder Name: Dyan Merkel
   Location: North Texas
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   Hip/Elbow Certifications: Yes
   Degenerative Myopathy Certifications: Yes
   Thyroid tests: Yes
   CERF tests: No

   Titles/certifies breeding stock in discipline?: Yes

   Raises breeding stock from puppies: Yes
   Titles dogs bred on premise:  Yes
   Imports titled breeding stock: Yes
   Buys from other Breeders:  NO MORE!

   Has trained in Schutzhund: Yes
   HOT from puppy to SchH3: Yes
   HOT and bred to SchH3: Yes

   Show ratings: Yes
   Breed survey: Yes

   V Putz vom Haus Merkel SchH3, Kkl 1a
   V Ulla vom Haus Merkel SchH3, Kkl 1a
   V Zessa vom Haus Merkel SchH2, IPO3, Kkl1a
   V Riesa vom Haus Merkel SchH2, Kkl 1a
   V Puma vom Haus Merkel SchH2, Kkl 1a
   V Emma vom Haus Merkel SchH1, Kkl 1a
   SG Wickie vom Haus Merkel IPO1 a
   SG Vessa vom Haus Merkel IPO1 a
   SG1 Clar vom Haus Merkel SchH1 a
   Ch Merkel's Opium SchH1
   V Merkel's Arletta SchH1, a
   SG, VP2 Nixe vom Haus Merkel BH, AD, a
   SG Feli vom Haus Merkel BH, AD, a
   Ch Merkel's Leica UDT, OFA
   Merkel's Leibchen Shiloh UDT, OFA
   Ch Merkels Sangria UDT, OFA
   United States Grand Victrix
   Ch Merkels Vendetta  ROM, OFA
   Ch Merkel' Quaestor CD, ROM, OFA
   Ch Merkel's Essence UD, OFA
   Merkel's Coda vom Jennerick CDX, OFA
   National Certified Search & Rescue
   Lieb vom Haus Merkel OFA,
   National Obedience Winner
Ch Merkel's Cut Up of Timmee UDT, OFA
   Certified United States Service Dog
   Bryn vom Haus   Merkel CGC, OFA
   Certified United States Service Dog
Fred vom Haus Merkel
   Ch Merkel's The Cutting Edge OFA
   Ch Merkel's Virtual Reality OFA
   Ch Merkel's Tequila CD, OFA
   Ch Merkel's Sante Fe OFA
   Merkel's Spellbound ROM,
   Merkel's Emma ROM , OFA

   Merkel's Estes CD, near ROM
   2009 Annual Achievement Award Recipient
   Ch Merkel's Heart's are Wild
   Ch Merkel's Heart to Heart CD, OFA
   World Sieger Larus von Batu SchH3 Kkl 1a
   World Sieger Zamp vom Thermodos SchH3, Kkl 1
   World Sieger Yasko vom Farbenspiel SchH3,Kkl 1a
   VA Dux della Valcuvia SchH3, Kkl1a


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Any health care links located here are NOT to replace a veterinarian visit; please take your dog to a vet immediately at any sign of odd behavior or any symptoms of illness or injury. Call your vet and describe your dog's symptoms with any of your concerns about the dog's well-being. Your veterinarian may discover changes in your dog's health that you have overlooked. It is always better to err on the side of caution

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My beloved mother
(Dorothy Conner Merkel Obituary)
Love, kindness & laughter was her gift to all.  Always on my mind forever in my heart!


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Calorie Content (calculated):
ME 3894 kcal/kg;429 kcal/cup

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of Proteins and Energy with only 30% carbohydrates! This super premium food is naturally formulated with added vitamins, minerals and other additives that work
together to support a strong and healthy immune and digestive system. As with all Victor dog foods, this formula is free from Corn, Wheat, Soy or Glutens and is also made using GMO Free. Dogs love the all natural flavor of this super premium food



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Canine body language

THIS is why you do not walk your dogs on asphalt or concrete in the summer. If you see someone walking their dogs on asphalt or concrete, PLEASE educated them and get the pet to cooler ground. Original post was from Pet Ambulance Victoria

This should be sent to all the veterinarians including the specialists!


We have received two notices. (1) Nails wrapped in cheese at dog parks in Chicago and Massachusetts (see pic). (2) from some friends that in Augusta Maine dog park, antifreeze is being found in doggie water bowls. Please beware and be careful and PLEASE SHARE and spread the word

Ever wonder where puppy mill dogs come from? Here's an example. Many get cooked alive in the sun and freeze to death in the winter. If you purchase your dog from a pet store, I can guarantee your "AKC" certified dog came from a place like this.  This one is even better than the ones  I saw in Iowa and Missouri!

Do you recognize she is a Yorkie?
Please do not purchase your pet from a Pet shop, Backyard breeder or Commercial Puppy Mill.

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"The man who rears a dog must complete what the breeder began..." Max v. Stephanitz; Father of the German Shepherd Dog


"Fun at the Beach"

"Fun at Work"

This is a real combination of symptoms that spells out EMERGENCY. These are the classic symptoms of a condition referred to as "bloat" - a dog that is pacing, restless and has unproductive attempts to vomit.

This is a common problem in large breed deep-chested dogs but can also occur in smaller dogs.

Basically what happens is this - the stomach twists causing the blood supply to the stomach to be compromised then leads to tissue death. As tissues are damaged, toxins are released and a sequence of events occurs that if left untreated, leads to death.

If you ever notice these symptoms in your dog, call your local veterinarian or emergency clinic as soon as possible.

This is a condition that is fairly common and often occurs in the evening or nighttime hours. It is also a very expensive condition to treat.  READ MORE...


Dealing with Excessive Barking

The first step to stopping barking is to understand why it is happening. Dogs bark for all kinds of reasons, including anxiety, boredom and/or loneliness. Sometimes they bark just because it feels good.  Luckily, most dogs will respond to one or other intervention to curtail their barking. Whether you simply bring an outdoor dog inside or take the time to apply behavior-modification techniques, you can cause a dog to be less of a nuisance and to be more socially acceptable.

Removing Skunk Odor

No need for the tomato juice. Use a mixture of 10 parts hydrogen peroxide to 1 part baking soda. Add a dash of degreasing dishwashing soap and pour into a spray bottle. Spray liberally over dry coat and allow to air dry. Avoid eyes. Works on other objects, too!

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By Dr. Battaglia

"Building a Better World of Breeders"

Our website supports the continuing education of more than 10,600 breeders from 12 countries.

Your friends can subscribe by contacting our website.

Each month new information is uploaded. For example, the survey form used to conduct the bloat survey has been posted. The results will be posted when they are published.

Several new articles from the Nutrition Summit on aging, gerontology and geriatrics along with the research on the uses of DHA for improving trainability are now also posted. Other changes have been made which include a fresh look and feel which makes browsing easier. We recommend that breeders link to our website site for timely updates.

Contact us here. Please put "Links" in the subject field.

Health and Genetics

The following information is intended to raise awareness levels, not to prescribe medical treatment or offer self diagnosis. Responsible breeders concerned about health issues continue to use pedigree analysis and careful selection.


Nutrition ~ Changing Dog Foods

A gradual switch over a period of four days minimizes intestinal upsets. This includes changing your dog's type of food. The recommendation:

  • Day 1: Feed 75% old food and 25% new food.
  • Day 2: Feed 50% old food, 50% new food.
  • Day 3: Feed 25% old food, 75% new food.
  • Day 4: Feed 100% new food.

    Nutrition Research

    A study showing that puppies nourished with enhanced (high) levels of dietary docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), tested smarter and more trainable than those fed normal diets. The study used a shape-recognition food-reward test. The results showed that puppies fed a diet with enhanced levels of DHA significantly outperformed puppies nourished with normal diets. The researchers used Eukanuaba Puppy Foods that contained enhanced levels of DHA. The article titled “Nutrition and DHA” by Dr. R. Kelley (Improving Puppy Trainability through Nutrition) is posted at

    Hip Dysplasis (HD)

    Unilateral HD is an inherited disease. Researchers at the U of Utah have identified 2 QTL’s (quantitative trait loci) associated with the subluxation issue of HD. They also found that there are separate QTL’s for the right and left hip.

    The reference is: Chase, K. published in the Am J. Med. Genet., 2004, 124A: 239-247 and a second publication in 2005 they reported on a QTL regulating the development of DJD.

    Breeding Better Dogs Video

    "Breeding Better Dogs" video program mirrors my popular two-day seminar about how to breed the better dogs. Technical enhancements feature pedigree analysis, methods for selecting stud dogs, formula breeding and tracking health problems.

    Go to: our store and pick up "Breeding Better Dogs" video program for your own viewing experience

    Continuing Education For Breeders

    Our continuing education program includes ways that promote new ideas, better methods and skills development. Several new articles have been posted on the website along with the seminars for 2011 and 2012. To learn more about a specific seminar, click on the contact person’s name. If you do not see a seminar near your residence, ask your club to host one. They meet AKC’s annual education requirement.

    Stick Dog Software

    Update. The beta test group of volunteers who have asked to participate will be contacted mid-August with testing to begin by mid-September.

    Skin Products

    I continue to receive calls from breeders about the mineral-rich skin product that provides therapeutic relief for dry and cracked hands and other related skin problems. Handlers, exhibitors and groomers continue to use it and report good results. For more information on the link, called "AWAKENING". Then click on Product Catalog and look for "Hands".

    Getting Relief

    When your feet hurt, your whole body knows it. You can now have happier feet when handling or judging all day, thanks to the Nikken insoles. The Japanese Company (Nikken) developed a special insole to help with the discomfort of standing and the achiness of old age. According to Dr. Shawn Messonnier, "magnets help enhance the body’s energy flow to allow healing and proper metabolism." It is not a cure-all, but an inexpensive alternative to costly long-term treatments. I wear the insoles in my shoes when I judge and I'm not worn out at the end of the day.

    Another magnetic product was developed for aging dogs called the Kenko PetPad. After napping on it, dogs seem to be more active. The cover is machine-washable. It comes in two sizes; 48” X 30” and 29” X 20”.

    I have a PetPad for my old dog and use the insoles on days that I judge. Pictures of the insoles and Keno PetPad are on the website:

    Keys To Success

    There are volumes of information available on most subjects.

    That’s why we believe,
    "Those who don't read have no advantage over those who can't."


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