German Shepherd Puppies; Distinctly West German, Uniquely American
100% German Bloodlines,
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Outstanding Companion and Family Protection dogs; Herding, Performance and Service Dogs are all our Specialty. 
We train/work/title and live with our dogs as well as health test.  We breed sound dogs (not afraid of thunder or gun shots)

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Show puppies by structure; loyal Companions and Protection by nature; Health and Longevity by good genetics. Brought to you by a thoughtful knowledgeable trusted breeder of over 44 years. Breeders of the finest quality Schutzhund/IPO titled & Breed Surveyed German Shepherds in the United States for over 44 years. Our breeding program maintains the integrity of the German Shepherd's heritage to preserve the human-canine bond. 

Our Merkel Geneology is from
Haίloch, Germany

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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
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   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
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Love, kindness & laughter was her gift to all.  Always on my mind forever in my heart!

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This formula is designed for those puppies that will reach 50 pounds or more as an adult. Its triple meat protein source builds good solid muscle, providing optimum calcium and phosphorus. In addition, there are slightly fewer calories so that puppies don’t gain too much weight before their bodies are ready to support it.


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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


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"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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Taping the ears of your German Shepherd


We have had much success taping dogs ears all the way up to 13 months of age.  Unless your dog is from a very questionable bloodline or had an injury you should be able to teach your dog to hold his ears up.  Most of the time the dog gets use to the down ear position and just flat out likes wearing his ear(s) that way.  Ear taping is a way to train him into using the correct ear carriage for his noble breed!  Sometimes one taping works and sometimes months of taping is in order.  No matter how much time you put into it it is well worth the success you achieve.

1) We use foam hair rollers found at Walgreens, Walmart etc. instead of what you see on the film.  We find that these rollers work well and are easier to deal with as you eliminate the cutting process and the rollers are just a little smaller.
2) Buy ear glue (skin bond)  at a pharmacy or drug store that carries it.  You may need to call around as not all pharmacies carry it.
3) Purchase cloth surgical tape that is about 2 inches wide.
4) Make sure your pups ears are clean inside.  You may want to clean the ears a couple of days in advance or even run a culture to make sure that there is no yeast or infection down inside them.
5) Before taping I like to take an alcohol pad and wipe ears clean before taping to get any oils off.
6) Get someone to hold his head firm and steady. You can use a little powder on the ear to help when you take off the tape.  Make sure ears are 100% dry with no sores.
7) Lift the ear up by holding bottom gently.  After holding the ear from bottom it should be straight up.
8) Once this is done put the hair roller inside erect ear from bottom of the ear keeping some slight open space between skull and roller. Take the surgical tape and wrap around the base. DO NOT APPLY TOO TIGHT.
9) Once this is done you can cover rest of the ear with pieces of tape as in the video. Repeat these steps carefully on other ear also. Now both the ears should be up.
10) Hold both the ears straight up by holding bottom; take a piece of tape and tie both the ears from middle in the same position as you are holding them. It will make a H on your pups head. Please make sure this is done correctly as after releasing your pup may shake his head vigorously or scratch it by leg and taking the supporting tape off. You can reapply tape one over other so that it will be stronger and connect the center piece.
11) You can keep the tape on for a week or up to 10 days and then take them off carefully.  They must come off sooner if you see any sores or a bad smell indicating infection.
12) Leaver the tape off for a day to see the progress. IF THE EARS DROP DOWN AFTER BEING UP FOR SOME TIME DON’T LOOSE HOPE. Keep on repeating this until the ears are up. Once you see that its working you can shorten the time the tape is on.
12) While taped you must make sure your dog is kept in a very dry environment.  Also make sure your dog doesn’t get in water or rain.
13) Keep the supporting tape (that H shape) on his head all the time do not let the ears tilt or drop sideways. If he removes it or tears it off, reapply it carefully.
15) DON’T USE SAME FOAM ROLLER  MORE THAN TWO TIMES. They get dirty and sticky. We use new ones every time we tape.



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