German Shepherd Puppies; Distinctly West German, Uniquely American
100% German Bloodlines -
 Breeding to a higher standard! 

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.

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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
   Contact Info:

   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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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

Formula for Active Dog & Puppies contains high levels
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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German Shepherd Puppies for sale
Scroll down for puppies and photos after reading all the credentials for the litters

We have owned/bred 5 generations of the female/male line
of the dogs in our pedigrees. World famous/important VA's including the 
2x WORLD SIEGER VA1 YASKO VOM FARBENSPIEL SchH3, Kkl 1a have lived in our house and are in our dogs pedigrees.  We also have been health testing our dogs for over 40 years!  Remember a backyard breeder wants to make a sale.  A legitimate breeder wants to make the right sale resulting in LOVING indoor FOREVER home. 
These facts separate us from other breeders and is what makes us real breeders v.s. buyer breeders!  We have known the ancestors personally and therefore have genetic control through selective breeding for all the right things such as health, hardiness, trainability, temperament, the ability to work for man in societal  service jobs.  Our dogs have good social skills to make them tops as companions for individuals and families with children as well as assistance dogs or dogs for sport, agility, herding or therapy dogs, etc!
"I would like to interject here my observation of something that continually amazes me, and it has to do particularly with our present-day German Shepherd Dog breeders. Practically none of them have evolved a “plan” of ANY sort. There is presently a heterogeneous crop of imported males available and they are being used as breeders by hundreds of fanciers who have NO knowledge of those dogs’ ancestors. Neither have they the least knowledge of the producing abilities of these studs themselves, in most instances. I have asked dozens of these breeders (they cannot rightly be designated as “fanciers”), “Where do you plan to go from there?” and I cannot remember a single instance when any one of them could tell me of a breeding plan he had for the future"  An excerpt from the father of German Shepherds in America,  Lloyd Brackett.

Ideal structure -Daira & Digger vom Elzmόndungsraum with their father World Sieger VA1 Zamp vom Thermodos SchH3,Kkl 1a

Compare the unknowledgeable breeders dog to...

what real breeders are producing below!

Adult males who are poorly bred

This is a progeny group...all these males above are from different mothers sired by one top stud dog.  There is a remarkable difference comparing the poorly bred dogs to well bred dogs isn't there!

Consistent West German Breed Type!  Robust, Athletic & Healthy!

The IDEAL powerful trot of the German Shepherd breed! 

FYI:  Price doesn't have anything to do with AKC papers. AKC is a registration company that verifies that the ancestors have been registered in their corporation from the first imported German Shepherds registered here in the United States back in the early 1900's.  Do not confuse AKC with quality German Shepherds, the quality is produced by knowledgeable breeders that also AKC register their dogs and compete in shows.  

Our pricing has everything to do with, Hip/Elbow Certifications, titles of training and proven breed worthiness, including all the health testing for Degenerative Myopathy, Thyroid, Cardiac, Knee subluxation (laxity can help cause torn ACL's) etc.  In top import pedigrees all dogs in the entire pedigree (parents included) since 1960 have been certified free of hip dysplasia. We are dedicated to controlling bloodlines to avoid Gastric Torsion, arthritis, bad temperament, rotten teeth, cancers, Epilepsy and bad temperament.   Being a reputable breeder means that one does all the above and spend lots of money to accomplish this. Excellent facilities, hands on 24/7 means the dogs from haus Merkel have all their needs met, emotionally and physically.  So even with $2500 puppies knowledgeable breeders that breed to this higher level (breeders like us represent 5% of breeders in the world, very sad commentary on German Shepherds today) dig into their pockets to pay the overage of expenses to get you the best puppies.

I would rather see people who buy those less quality dogs thus supporting unknowledgeable backyard or commercial breeders to take their money to rescue and save a life versus support someone who doesn't do right by the breed.

Superb Litters due/born from Health tested parents:

OFA certified Degenerative Myopathy/Free by lineage/ Cardiac/Patellas/Thyroid/ 'a'/OFA Certified Hips/Elbows
We adhere to the German Standard of Perfection -

Verein fόr Deutsche Schδferhunde (SV - The founding registry of the German Shepherd Established In 1899)

(Puppies are born and raised in our house).   We hand feed them and work with them from the time they are 3 weeks old.  They motivationally learn to come when we call at 4 weeks, to go up steps at 5 & 6 weeks, and are learning to sit by 8 weeks. They also experience all the rooms in the house (different flooring, sounds, and smells), these puppies below have/will have had the cat experience on a daily basis and will have gone for car rides when old enough.  They are more than ready for their new homes by 8-9 weeks when they are allowed to leave here.  Note: we do no formal training of these puppies, no compulsive training,
nor any negative physical reprimanding.  These are well adjusted happy, loving puppies with a bright future. 


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Date of Birth of Puppies


V Pόtz vom Haus Merkel SchH3, Kkl 1a

 (DNA,SV certified Hips and Elbows)
OFA certified Degenerative Myopathy, Patellas, Cardiac, Thyroid.

Supreme Ultimate Male  offered at the 'Exceptional Pricing"

DOB:  October 15, 2014

Exceptional priced
formally the Supreme Ultimate female

SG Wickie vom Haus Merkel IPO1, 'a'

 (DNA, SV certified Hips and Elbows)OFA certified Patellas, Cardiac

Ultimate Female
offered at the 'Exceptional Pricing"

Hi everyone,
we left Otto vom Haus Merkel on the deck one day unattended and we noticed he was all wet and no water was running. Our friend Josephine told us he could turn the faucet on and off. We didn't believe her. While we were at work, Josephine filmed this to convince us that Otto knew how to turn the water ON and OFF.  For those of you who don’t know Otto, he is our son Max's 17 month old German shepherd.
We think he might be smarter than a 5th Grader!
You Tube Video of Rudi at 8 months getting the morning paper. 
"Rudi" @ 8 months

'You Tube'  link.

Jewel @ 3 months

Jewel @ 22 months

Jewel @ 12 months

Photos of 'Jewel' at 3 months keeping her toys away from another dog in the mirror (herself).  Click here to see photos...too cute!

See below


Date of Birth of Puppies


V Pόtz vom Haus Merkel SchH3, Kkl 1a
(DNA, SV certified Hips and Elbows)
OFA certified Degenerative Myopathy, Patellas, Cardiac, Thyroid.

Puppies will be ready
to go early April

DOB:  February 14, 2015
4 males, 7 females


V Elvy vom Haus Tchorz SchH1, Kkl 1a
(DNA,SV certified Hips and Elbows)



Date of Birth of Puppies


V1 Ben von der Sheine SchH3, Kkl 1a
(DNA,SV certified Hips and Elbows)
OFA certified Degenerative Myopathy,

Puppies will be ready
to go end of March early April

5 males, 2 females

DOB:  February 14, 2015



vom Haus Merkel
(Vet certified Hips and Elbows)

Putz daughter



Date of Birth of Puppies


V1 Ben von der Sheine SchH3, Kkl 1a

(DNA,SV certified Hips and Elbows)
OFA certified Degenerative Myopathy,

Puppies ready to go in late
April first part of May

February 27, 2015

6 males, 3 females

SG Nixe
vom Haus Merkel
BH, 'a'

(DNA,SV certified Hips and Elbows)
Putz daughter

See below





VA1 (Multiple times VA)
Demir von der Fόrstenperle IPO3, Kkl 1a
(DNA,SV certified Hips and Elbows)

Planned Breeding

V Puma
vom Haus Merkel
BH, AD, SchH2, Kkl1 'a'

(DNA,SV certified Hips and Elbows, OFA Cardiac, Patellas, DM free by lineage)
VA Irsus vom Veracruz SchH3, IPO3, FH2, Kkl 1a daughter!






Seiger VA1 Rapi Supra
SchH3, Kkl 1a
Kφr Report (Breed Survey):
Large, medium strong, very typey and expressive with harmonious overall structure.  High withers, firm back, very good position and length of croup, very good front and rear angulation, very beautiful topline and bottom line, normal chest, correct front.  With strong rear drive and free front reach through good back transmission.  Shows ground covering gait.  Temperament, nerves, fighting drive all pronounced. 
Does Out.  Rapi Supra special merits:   Typey and expressive entire appearance with correct total structure.

Planned Breeding


SG1 Clδr
vom Haus Merkel
SchH1, 'a'

(DNA,SV certified Hips)
OFA Certified Patellas, Cardiac,
Putz daughter



German Shepherd Puppies for Sale:
All of our puppies are large boned red and black with dark eyes.  Parents health tested/free by lineage.  Puppies have top trainability, superb temperament for family companions (including small children) and security.
* CHOICE:   
House raised handsome puppies for Companion/Protection
$2500 -  $3000 

 With Exceptional Anatomy for Family Companion/Protection 
$3500 - $4500

With Show potential/Breeding potential/Schutzhund potential
Ultimate Prospect for Family Companion Protection

With Ideal Anatomy, picked for winnability;
Top Show Potential/Breeding potential/Schutzhund potential.
Supreme Ultimate Family Companion/Protection
$5500 and up
*Prices are subject to change to reflect the amount of training the puppy has for it's age.
As breeders we are influencing the future of German Shepherds today by breeding the best health tested and temperament tested German Shepherds in our breeding program.  This produces the best dogs for the best owners and includes every outstanding element of the canine human bond as our focus; consistency of type, temperament, trainability, health, intelligence  and behavioral soundness.  We continue to offer knowledgeable support for the lifetime of your dog.  This is what we build our reputation on!

We love our dogs and are aware of the great sacrifice they make by being in a breeding program.  As breeding dogs with full hormones they have a greater chance of cancer of the reproductive organs, ruptured uterous', mastitis and pyometra etc.  Therefore they will be spayed/neutered once retired from breeding.  These wonderful dogs are our family.  We are proud to offer these outstanding  bloodlines in the puppies of these superb dogs to you & your family. 

Generally we not only have the parents on premise but in some cases some grandparents & Great Grand parent too.  Most of our imports go back 5 generations that we bred/own or owned.  Dogs we sought out and purchased as the best ones on our trips to Germany.  Our foundation female passed at 15 years of age and her daughter, our matriarch is approaching 14 years of age.

We are also a true certified BREEDER OF MERIT by the AKC.  Very few have attained this in the United States.  We are very proud of our status as a top Breeder of Merit.  Many breeders have this advertising on their site but are not.  You must check with AKC to verify their 'Breeder of Merit Status'.

Our puppies are not the hard working line dogs that need a job and are difficult for the average pet owner to manage. Our dogs are medium drive depending upon the litter and depending upon if you bring the drives up in your daily life or diminish them. Most people do not like a mouthy puppy so they diminish the drives as soon as they get them by not letting them do tug on pants, hands or feet etc.   I do breed for work and the higher drive puppy generally goes into a working home so if you wish to show at a higher level for conformation w/IPO title
please let us know.

Daily exercise can only be what the puppy wants to do, not what you want. Growth plates do not close until after 1 year so exercise must be at a minimum or you could permanently injure your growing puppy.   We will give you information about what exercise is appropriate for your puppy as well as what stages they go through and how they respond to training during puppyhood into adulthood.  We do not encourage dogs to play hard with other dogs during this growth stage.  Nor do we encourage jumping and running for tennis balls or frisbees longer than 5 minutes and further than 25 feet.   If injured the dog could end up with permanent injuries of the joints and longbones. 

These dogs are bred to be family companions, *Service dogs, Emotional Support Dogs, Guide dogs, medical alert dogs, working SAR dogs, Cadaver dogs, show dogs as well as couch potatoes!  We are proud of all our dogs that are in our home and your home.   

*A Service Dog is specially task-trained for a disabled person’s specific needs.  There are many different types of service dogs, some of the most common include:
  • Seeing Eye, Guide Dogs for the blind
  • Seizure Alert Dogs who alert their handlers to oncoming seizure activity
  • Diabetic Alert Dogs who alert their handlers to either high, or low blood sugar
  • PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Dogs) who are trained to provide assistance in medical crisis, coping during emotional overload scenarios, and performing security assistance tasks
  • Mobility Assistance dogs who are trained to retrieve fallen objects, push and pull a wheelchair, open doors, turn on and off lights switches, retrieve medication and much, much more!

Thank you for your consideration while looking for your
new family member.

A Breeder ( with a capital B) is one who thirsts for knowledge and never really knows it all. One who wrestles with decisions of conscience, convenience, and commitment.
+A Breeder is one who sacrifices personal interests, finances, time, friendships, fancy furniture, and deep pile carpeting! She gives up dreams of a long, luxurious cruise in favor of turning that all important show into this years "vacation".
+A Breeder goes without sleep (but never without coffee!) in hours spent planning a breeding. Or watching anxiously over the birth process, and afterwards, over every little sneeze, wiggle, or cry.
+A Breeder skips dinner parties because that litter is due or the babies have to be fed at 8.She disregards birth fluids and puts mouth to mouth to save a gasping newborn, literally blowing life into a tiny, helpless creature that may be the culmination of a lifetime of dreams.
+A Breeders lap is a marvelous place where generations of proud and noble champions once snoozed.
+A Breeders hands are strong and firm and often soiled, but ever so gentle and sensitive to thrusts of a puppy's wet nose.
+A Breeders back and knees are usually arthritic from stooping, bending, and sitting in the birthing box, but are strong enough to enable the Breeder to show the next choice pup to Championship.
+A Breeders shoulders are stooped and often heaped with the abuse of competitors, but they are wide enough to support the weight of a thousand defeats and frustrations.
+A Breeders arms are always able to wield a mop, support an armful of puppies, or lend a helping hand to a newcomer.
+A Breeders ears are wondrous things, sometimes red ( from being talked about) or strangely shaped (from being pressed against a phone receiver) often deaf to criticism, yet always fine tuned to the whimper of a sick puppy.
+A Breeders eyes are often blurred from pedigree research and sometimes blind to her own dogs faults, and are always searching for the perfect specimen.
+A Breeders brain is foggy on faces, but can recall a pedigree faster than an IBM computer. It's so full of knowledge and can sometimes blow a fuse: It catalogs thousands of good GENETICS such as perfect ears, heads, sound temperament, outstanding train ability, Intelligence, strong nerves, excellent health with longevity and beautiful harmonious anatomy...and buries in the soul the failures and the ones that didn't turn out.
+A Breeders heart is often broken with each beloved generation held in their arms that passes over the Rainbow bridge, but it beats strongly with hope everlasting for the next....and it's always in the right place! Oh yes, there are breeders, and then, there are BREEDERS!