What You Should Ask When Choosing
Your German Shepherd Breeder
by Dyan Merkel
Do they Specialize in German Shepherds Only?
(At Haus Merkel German Shepherds is
all we do and have done for over 45 years, that is what makes a
Is your Breeder truly an AKC BREEDER OF MERIT?
Check with AKC. Many breeders are stealing the logo
and pretending to have earned this...if they lie about this do
you think that they will tell the truth about their dogs?
Haus Merkel is a legitimate BREEDER OF
MERIT and earned this through years of hard work and dedication
to the German Shepherd Breed.
Will you actually get to meet and talk to the
breeder of the puppies?
(Every time you visit or call Haus
Merkel you will be involved with the breeder only, no assistants
or answering service.)
How long has the German Shepherd Breeder been
breeding and how many years of experience does the breeder have
in German Shepherds.
(Haus Merkel has been breeding,
showing, and giving consultations for over 45 years.)
Is there more than one breeder that you will
be dealing with within the Kennel?
(At Haus Merkel there is only one World
Class Breeder, Dyan Merkel - therefore there is no conflict of
interest, no one else to locate to get the real information on
the dogs or someone else to get knowledgeable support. Haus
Merkel does no outsourcing)
Do they provide you with a comprehensive
"Owners Manual" along with your associated documents for your
puppy? (Haus Merkel gives you all the
Health Papers, a written contract as well as training tips,
Socialization values and diet recommendations for the life of
Will they assist in helping you raise the
puppy by answering your questions and helping you choose the
right services for training and veterinary care?
(Haus Merkel is well known for
having many dual titled German Shepherds of Merit, Seeing Eye
dogs, Therapy and Handicap assistance dogs, Search and Rescue
dogs. Our knowledge comes from years of experience in the
field we can help you find a knowledgeable veterinarian as well
as qualified trainers.)
Will you receive free evaluations of your dog
throughout it's lifetime?
(At Haus Merkel we pride ourselves with our family of clients
that keep us informed throughout the puppies lifetime with
visits, letters/emails and great photos. We are never too
busy to answer important questions regarding your Haus Merkel
Puppy/Dog or helping your veterinarian understand specific
things within the German Shepherd breed that they are not
How many clients do they have that are return
customers? (Haus Merkel has been
around for over 45 years, most our clients have come back
throughout the years either getting a second/third dog for their
family or replacing their old dog(s) that passed away several
Do they offer placement services for your dog
after your death or if you can no longer care for it?
(Yes, Haus Merkel considers your dog part
of our family too. It is a difficult choice for owners or
trustees to place a valued family pet. Your dog is a
viable living family member that deserves the best for the rest
of it's life...we are here to see that happen. No animal
shelters or rescues are needed for these well bred well adjusted
family dogs. Just check our references!)
Can they show you just
how their dogs have contributed to the breed, contributed to
assisting the handicap or have they become therapy dogs?
Earned their titles and certifications to be eligible and
suitable for a breeding program.
(Haus Merkel has a 45 year proven track
record for only breeding dogs that have the requirements of
temperament, health, and structural certifications and training
to assure that you get a dog that is sound, healthy, trainable
and predictable for your family.)
Does your German
Shepherd Breeder encourage you to not spay and neuter and to
breed your female or male dog?
Haus Merkel believes that breeding should
be left in the hands of the professionals. The amount of
puppies produced in 20 years by breeders that only want have one
litter is staggering. These unknowledgeable people do not
believe they are breeders just because they only are having one
litter therefore adding to the burden of the
shelters and rescues. Producing unwanted puppies even 1 or 2 generations
away from their own dog that they bred as many of those will go
to people just wanting one litter and the cycle repeats itself. According to the AKC,
anyone having a litter of puppies is a breeder! We do not
encourage this! Our dogs are for homes and families, not
kennels and breeding.
Does your German
Shepherd Breeder offer classes and assistance programs for
someone who truly wants to breed only the worlds finest dogs?
Haus Merkel offers studies in
genetics, reproduction, whelping and
hands on classes are available every year by registration.
REMEMBER, YOUR GERMAN SHEPHERD
BREEDER IS RESPONSIBLE TO and FOR YOUR DOG THROUGHOUT ITS LIFETIME!
Note: The statements made here is the
opinion of Haus Merkel and there are no legal or regulatory
requirements that your German Shepherd Breeder meet all
these tests in order to have a litter of puppies to sell to
the public. Buyer beware.
BEING A CONSCIENTIOUS BREEDER
The person who truly deserves
the title BREEDER needs to be a protector of the breed, a
social worker with potential buyers, a public relations
expert and educator a socializer of puppies and trainer of
adult dogs. He or she needs to be a student of
genetics knowledgeable about pedigrees and aware of health
and veterinary requirement for breeding stock. And of
course they are also office and business managers and
One thing for sure, a breeder is not a
breadwinner. Take the costs associated with selling,
breeding raising, nurturing the puppies and parents and
advertising, not to mention the time put into to the best
possible breeding combination, purchasing the best breeding
stock, paying stud fees, breeding tests,
etc. ovulation timing tests. At best it's a break even
experience, and often is a money losing proposition.
There are several "red flags" that you should consider when
interviewing a breeder:
1. Puppies that have not been socialized
2. Puppies that have not seen a veterinarian
3. Breeders that are reluctant to give you references
4. Breeders that breed more than one breed of dog
5. Breeders that won't allow you to see their breeding
facility or environment
6. Breeder facilities that look like puppy mills
7. Puppies that appear dirty or smell/living in poor
8. Breeders that don't work with a veterinarian providing
good quality prenatal care to the bitch
9. Breeders that don't take the puppies to their
veterinarian in for general "wellness care" and health
10. Breeders that won't give you a guarantee
11. Breeders that don't want to you meet the pups parents
12. Breeders that sell to pet stores
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