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COURAGE - CHARACTER - PREDICTABILITY
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
the integrity of the
German Shepherd's heritage to preserve the human-canine bond.
"BREEDING CORRECT DOGS BY DESIGN"
Our Merkel Geneology is from
Thyroid tests: Yes
CERF tests: No
breeding stock in
Titles dogs bred on
breeding stock: Yes
Buys from other
Has trained in
HOT from puppy to
HOT and bred to
Show ratings: Yes
V Putz vom Haus
Merkel SchH3, Kkl 1a
V Ulla vom Haus
Merkel SchH3, Kkl 1a
V Zessa vom Haus
Merkel SchH2, IPO3,
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
V Merkel's Arletta
SG, VP2 Nixe vom Haus
Merkel BH, AD, a
SG Feli vom Haus
Merkel BH, AD, a
Ch Merkel's Leica
Shiloh UDT, OFA
Ch Merkels Sangria
UDT, OFA United States
Merkels Vendetta ROM, OFA
Ch Merkel' Quaestor
CD, ROM, OFA
Ch Merkel's Essence
Merkel's Coda vom
Jennerick CDX, OFA National
Certified Search &
Rescue Lieb vom Haus Merkel
Winner Ch Merkel's Cut Up
of Timmee UDT, OFA Certified United
Bryn vom Haus Merkel
Service Dog Fred vom Haus
Ch Merkel's The
Cutting Edge OFA
Ch Merkel's Virtual
Ch Merkel's Tequila
Ch Merkel's Sante Fe
Merkel's Emma ROM ,
Merkel's Estes CD,
2009 Annual Achievement Award Recipient
Ch Merkel's Heart's are Wild
CDTDTC HIC CGC
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
YEARS AS BREEDER:
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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
THIS IS WHAT WE FEED
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Giant Breed Puppy
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
dont gain too much weight before their
bodies are ready to support it.
HOW TO GREET A DOG Click on photo for the
BEST INFORMATION YOU CAN EVER HAVE ON MEETING OTHER PEOPLES
DOGS-Children really need to learn this.
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.
ALL PETS RESCUES
needs your help!
"The man who rears a
dog must complete what the breeder began..." Max v. Stephanitz; Father of
the German Shepherd Dog
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
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.
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
"If any breed of dog is most deserving of the title Noble with
Natural Beauty then that dog is the German Shepherd"
No one breed of dog is for everyone, but there is one breed
that could be for just about anyone. It's known for its beauty and its
brains; its strength and its gentleness. It's a helper to the disabled,
a guardian of homes, a companion to children, a protector of livestock,
and a partner in crime-fighting. There is little this dog cannot do, and
almost nothing it's not willing to try. It's the multi-purpose, multi-tasking,
ever-popular, hard-working German Shepherd Dog.
The development of today's German Shepherd Dog, or GSD, began in 1899,
when Rittmeister von Stephanitz discovered Hektor, a sheep-herding dog
who seemed to be an outstanding example of the ancient herding breeds
native to northern Germany. Renamed Horand von Grafrath, the dog became
the first dog to be officially registered with the newly-formed Verein
fur Deutsche Schaferhunde, the German Shepherd Dog Club of Germany, and
was the foundation for all GSDs to follow. GSDs came to America soon after,
and were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1911.
have many qualities that make them well-suited to working with livestock:
physical and mental endurance, agility, alertness, courage, and a great
willingness to serve. GSDs still work on farms and ranches throughout
the world, but these abilities, and others, make them prime candidates
for other canine "jobs," which they perform with equal dedication
The innate talents and abilities of German Shepherd Dogs are brought out
in impressive form through Schutzhund training. "Schutzhund"
is a German word meaning "protection dog." Schutzhund-trained
dogs are not attack dogs; they are trained to ward off dangerous situations,
not provoke them. The most important quality of a Schutzhund dog is complete
submission to its owner's commands in any situation.
training has three parts: Tracking, Obedience, and Protection. The Tracking
portion tests a dog's trainability, ability to follow a scent, and mental
and physical endurance. In the Obedience portion, dogs perform a variety
of exercises such as heeling, sitting, retrieving, and remaining steady
during distractions. The Protection portion tests the dog's courage, strength,
and agility by requiring the dog to find a hidden person and defend its
owner against a decoy aggressor.
training and trials take place around the world. In some countries, proven
working abilities are required for GSDs to attain their championships.
Schutzhund dogs are excellent candidates for canine law enforcement and
search and rescue work. Although Schutzhund training is for all breeds,
GSDs particularly excel due to their intelligence, their bravery, and
their desire to please their masters.
After World War I, a kennel in Pottsdam, Germany, began a program to train
German Shepherd Dogs to assist veterans blinded in combat. The program
was short-lived, but an American living in Switzerland, Dorothy Harrison
Eustis, adopted the idea and began her own training program. Soon after,
Buddy, a female German Shepherd Dog, became the first Seeing Eye dog in
America. She was the helpmeet and companion of Morris Frank, who then
established a guide dog school in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1929. Since
that day, GSDs have been the "eyes" for thousands of people
around the world.
success of the guide dog program led to the training of GSDs--and other
breeds--as service dogs to people with hearing impairment and other physical
disabilities. The German Shepherd Dog is an ideal service dog due to its
ready obedience to commands, its ability to ignore distractions, its protective
instincts, and its unswavering loyalty to its owner.
German Shepherd Dogs have a long history of working with law enforcement
officers. Their tasks are numerous: accompanying officers on patrol (and
thereby deterring crime), pursuing criminals, recovering evidence, and
detecting drugs, explosives, and other contraband. GSDs also serve as
Search and Rescue dogs, and have been commended for their work in recovering
victims of natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes, and of
national tragedies such as the Oklahoma City bombing and the terrorist
attacks of September 11, 2001.
working in law enforcement have to have excellent noses and physical stamina;
they have to respond quickly to their handler's orders while still using
their own judgement. They must be relied upon to perform their duties
without displaying aggression to children, other officers, or innocent
persons in crowds. More importantly, they must possess the "heart"
to consistently follow commands day after day, often in difficult, demanding
environments. The GSD's innate courage and mental acumen make him eminently
capable for this type of work.
Although developed as a working dog, the German Shepherd Dog is lovely
to look at. Some of its notable physical characteristics are its erect
ears, its deep, dark eyes, its long saber tail (meaning that it hangs
in a slight curve), and its rich color, most often black and tan, sable,
or black. A quality GSD should be strong, agile, and well-muscled, and
should appear to "glide" when in motion, as though its feet
barely touch the ground.