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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
Haßloch, 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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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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Feeding Instructions

A.   Feeding Practices

Until your pup is 3 to 3.5 months old, he should receive three meals a day.  Thereafter, and throughout his adult life, he should be fed twice daily.  Adult dogs fed twice daily appear to assimilate their food more efficiently and are less likely to be subject to gastric torsion and digestive upsets.  Remember that the growing pup may need to eat twice as much as an adult dog.  Adjust the diet so that the dog does not become too heavy and is maintained in lean hard condition.  Many people find that some dogs maintain ideal weight and condition on a self-feeding program (of dry kibble).  Never allow your dog to exercise immediately before or after eating.  He should have water available at all times, but should not be permitted to drink excessively before or after eating or exercise.  Unless the dog is on a self-feeding program, discourage finicky eating habits by feeding him not more than he will eat within a few minutes.  Remember that, when in a new home, the dog may take a few day to adapt and may miss an occasional meal.

B  Basic Diets

IA top quality kibble, which may be somewhat moistened for the youngster, is a completely balanced diet.  The addition of meat or canned dog food will not interfear with the balance of the kibble providing the addition is just a small amount.  Make it a rely to feed the best kibble available.  Usually these top fees cannot be purchased at your local grocer but must be obtained at pet shops, specialty feed shops, or through kennel/breeder distributors

 We find that Iam's/Eukanuba most adequately meet the needs of our dogs.  These diets are GROWTH, MAINTENANCE.  Both German Shepherd pups and adults thrive on the GROWTH 'Smart Puppy" diet.  Some adults having higher caloric needs may require the addition of the other Iam's/Eukanuba specialty foods for a low bulk, high density, high energy diet.

Other quality kibbles are Science Diet, Nutro etc.  We suggest avaiding the soft-moist foods as they contain considerable sucrose or other sugars that may cause digestive upsets.  Finally, do not be missled by teh percentage of protein in a food.  It is the quality and digestibility of the protein that counts.  A feed that is readdily digested and easily utilized results in a small fecal volumn.

C. Dietary Supplements

Unless a deficiency has been clinically determined or unless the dog is on antibiotic therapy multi-vitamin and mineral supplements are not needed.  Such additives, when combined with calcium/phosphorus supplements (especially those containing vitamins A and D, may cause severe and irreversible growth anomalies.  For this reason, it is wise to feed a feed specifically designed for puppies and young dogs during periods of early maturation.

The only vitamins which may be feely administered without fear or overdose (hypervitaminosis) are: C, E, and those of the B complex family.  These vitamins are particularly helpful during times of stress or illness.

Coat supplements with vitamins A and D are to be avoided.  However a coat supplement such as Gro-Kote (consisting primarily of lecithin and unsaturated fatty acids) may be beneficial for housepets and dogs with drier skin.  A second choice would be the addition of a vegetable cooking oil.  Even in the best quality kibbles, oils may be destroyed during lengthy periods of storage.


 A.  Diarrhea

Many puppies and adults will often suffer a loose stool when there is a change in diet or water.  The condition can usually be corrected by limiting fluid intake temporarily, perhaps resorting to a 24 hour fast, followed by the feeding of lean boiled hamburger with cooked rice, before gradually resuming the dogs regular diet.  Pepto-Bismol tablets or Kaopectate may be helpful.  Sources of lactobacillus acidophilus such as buttermilk, yogurt, Lactinex tablets or granules, or Bacid capsules are extremely helpful in restoring healthy intestinal flora (especially in conjunction with and following antibiotic therapy_) along with the addition of B vitamins.  If diarrhea persists for more than a day, or is accompanied of B vitamins.  If diarrhea persists for more than a day, or is accompanied by other symptons such as a fewer or vomiting, consult a veterinarian immediately.

B.  Signs of Illness

When calling your vet, you should be able to advise him of any changes in the dog's eating and drinking habits, the condition of the dog's stool (diarrhea, change in color, blood, or mucous), color of his urine (and presence of blood or precipitate), frequency of urination k difficulty in urinating, any increase or decrease in volumn or urine, it the dogs' tonsils are inflamed, and also the dog's temperature.

Normal temperature is abut 101.2 degrees.  To determine your dog's normal temperature, take it for about three minutes with a well lubricated rectal thermometer with he is well (not first thing in the morning or after exertion).  Then when you suspect illness, you will be able to determine if the temperature is abnormal.

To examine your dog's tonsils as well as to administer pills and capsules), open his mouth by placing one hand over the muzzle and by lightly pressing his upper lips against his upper teeth.  With your other hand depress; the dogs tongue and look into his throat on either side.  The tonsils are located in crypts toward the back of the throat other either side.  They appear red with infected.

Should you have any difficulty taking your dog's temperature or checking tonsils, you breeder or veterinarian will advise you.

If you dog show any tendency toward abdominal distension or bloating,  he (like my large, deep chested breeds) may be predisposed to acute gastric dilation or gastric torsion (which may be fatal without immediate surgery).  Discuss the situation with your dog's  vet if you observe any tendency toward bloating.









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