Hi my name is Linda Filipkowski. My daughter Dawn and I, started Mercer German Shepherds in the mid eighties with a male puppy my son brought home to us. A love affair began with that puppy that has grown into a wonderful stewardship and hobby. We found it a rewarding way for a mother and daughter to spend time together, it gave us a common interest which has blossomed into what Mercer is today....
Linda and Mercerís Hocus Pocus aka Danteí
My number one concern when planning a litter is health, without this important foundation anything else will fail. We believe strongly in health testing our breeding dogs here at Mercer to ensure our dogs are not only healthy themselves, but that their progeny have the best chance of inheriting the best health for the future.
Temperament is an integral part of the GSD, our dogs here at Mercer are our friends, they are our family. While you notice at this time there are no performance titles on our dogs... that is but another quest on the horizon for Mercer GSDs, Time is our enemy...
Raising the best GSDs you can is an expensive venture and not a money earning activity.. therefore off to work we must go Leaving little time at the moment to pursue all of our goals at one time....
We present our dogs as stable, loving, intelligent companions with unrealized potential.... In the future ,with more time resources, we wish to enjoy other activities with our dogs. A lack of performance titles does not indicate a lack of concern for intellect and trainability here at Mercer... as these are important traits in our wonderful breed.
Dawn and Mercerís Midnight Attraction aka Katie
Dawn and Mercerís Lonestar v Diamond K aka Dallas
Health -- Temperament-- Intelligence-Trainability
These are the things that make a GSD a pleasure to own and a great addition to your family and community, here at Mercer they also come in beautiful packages. By that we mean a dog that has the correct conformation outlined in the breed standard. The conformation that makes a GSD recognizable as a GSD, from the ear set, to a "saber" tail, from "the look of eagles", to the breathtaking gait of a dog that moves with soundness, purpose and confidence. It has been wonderful spending the time together that we have going to shows, traveling, caring for the dogs and puppies...... very rewarding.