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Dec 17, 2006 Christy
He's an adorable little German Shepard! Whats the matter with his ears though? Is he okay? Or did you just just his ears that way for the pictures?
Dec 17, 2006 Brittany
Aw he is SOO cute!
Dec 17, 2006 Dani
!!!! GSDs are definitely the most wonderful and perfect dogs in the world, as I'm sure you're already realizing. they have the most soulful eyes and the kindest hearts... he will love you for many years to come.

(christy... while GSDs ears do stand naturally and without cropping, it takes a little bit before they stand up on their own... this little man is just growing into his ears. and it looks like they'll be lovely big ones.)
Dec 17, 2006 Arian
he's got Inspector Rex ears!!

Inspector Rex is an Austrian TV show about a police dog called Rex and puppy Rex had cute floppy ears like Merlin. What a gorgeous puppy you have!!
Dec 17, 2006 MargoPego
German Shepherds are my most favourite breed of dog, and this lil' guy is one reason why. There's such a wise old look on his mug, but you can tell he's a puppy. If you don't want him, I'll gladly take him off your hands. ;)
Dec 17, 2006 Oaktown Girl
German Shepard puppies are sooooo cute!
And your baby is no exception.
Dec 17, 2006 mperlet
Merlin is adorable. I had a German Shepherd growing up and they are such a fun and loveable breed.

His ears are just too cute and look at those paws --- he's going to be a big boy!
Dec 17, 2006 Merlin'sMom
Hey! This is Merlin's Mom :) I just wanted to let you know that his ears are SUPPOSED to be that way. GSDs ears are supposed to go up like this. They go in the middle of the head to balance and get strong, and eventually they go out when they're strong enough to stand free.
Thanks for al the great comments. Merlin is very proud :)
Dec 17, 2006 DogMom
Beautiful, beautiful dog. He is one gorgeous dog! I love GSD puppy ears, they always make me laugh. There is a GSD down the street and I loved watching him grow up (and into his ears). Merlin is a precious precious boy. Enjoy! Give him a big kiss for me!
Dec 17, 2006 Faye
What a cutie! His ears are so adorable!
Dec 17, 2006 othostice
What a sweet boy! Those ears certainly have minds of their own.
Dec 17, 2006 danielle frances
I just love his ears. He's such a cutie pie. My dog Max looks like a skinny version of Merlin (he's a german shepard/collie mix), so I can't help but love him!
Dec 17, 2006 Merlin's grandma
This is Merlin's Grandma. Isn't he the most beautiful pup you've ever seen? Unfortunately we live in upstate New York ,and haven't seen him yet except for pictures. Hopefully we will see him sometime in January or February, before he's not a puppy anymore!!!! If he grows into those ears and feet, he'll need a house of his own.
Dec 17, 2006 debbiemrn
Merlin is absolutely adoreable!!! My mother is from Germany and this is what was a very commom dog during WWII. She came over here with her GI husband, who was an MP in the Army and they had a German Shepherd!!! They are an amazing breed. I love Merlin's beautiful eyes and the ears will soon stand up proud as he grows up in to a magnificent GSD! He is much to be proud of and to be impress all who meet him!
Dec 17, 2006 Krysia
Gosh! Those little floppy ears are enough to make a grown woman squeal like a little girl. What a great pup. :)
Dec 17, 2006 Julia
LOOK AT THOSE EARS!!!!!!! AAAAAHHH!!!! Hee hee hee hee hee hee heeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!! They are giggleriffic!!

To Merlin: You are adorable. I adore you.

To Merlin's Mom: He is adorable. I adore him.

To All Shepard Lovers: I frequently browse (I want to adopt doggies but can't right now). There are TONS of shepards and shepard mixes up for adoption at ages from puppy to senior, so check it out if you are thinking about adding one of these sweeties to your home soon. Of course getting dogs from good breeders is good, too, but I just wanted to make the announcement for informational purposes, and because sometimes breeders are hard to find, etc. :)
Dec 17, 2006 yujismom
he has bodacious paws-he's gonna be a big 'un!
Dec 17, 2006 Terry C
I am a little dog person, but Merlin is gorgeous.

He's going to be a BIGGGGGGGGGGGGGG boy.
Dec 17, 2006 Terry C

In Europe, I believe they are called "Alsatians."
Dec 17, 2006 gryt
In Sweden they're called "schäfer"... Which I'm guessing is German for shepherd? GSDs are among the top 3 most popular breeds there btw! (The other two are labradors and dachshunds.) Just some very trivial trivia... :)
Dec 17, 2006 megusmaximus
What a gorgeous pup! The ears are fantastic.

I was just browsing a book last night profiling the amazing dogs and their handlers that did search work after 9/11 at the World Trade Center site, the Pentagon, and the Pennsylvania crash area. German Shepherds were of course well represented (as well as Labs, Belgian Malinois (sp?), Border Collies, and a few Rottweilers and Bernese Mountain dogs). What unbelievable work those dogs do! Just amazing stories. If the dogs profiled in that book are any indication (which I know they are) you've got yourself an incredibly courageous, smart, and hardworking friend for life.
Dec 17, 2006 caspersmom
Merlin is such a sweet looking puppy. I do agree, he will be a big boy when he grows up. Don't know if you heard the phrase death gives way to life. I had to put my dog Amber down on Sept. 20th 2006 and Merlin was born on Sept 20 2006. It does my heart good to see such a sweet dog giving way to such a sweet dog. Merlin you have beautiful markings. I will remember you.
Dec 17, 2006 alice g
O how can this puppy not have 11 biscuits? I award 11 for the pup and 11 more for his apparently semi-independent ears! I never realized they had to practice for a while before they stood up! O loveliness indeed, give 'em a gentle tug from me!
And scrumble his little underside too.If you would be so kind. Thank you.
Dec 17, 2006 Haug
great dog!
absolutely fantastic!
I love german sheperds!
(ehm... I HAVE a german sheperd, too...)

11 biscuits, of course!

ps he shows 2 great ears! please send some pics when they will go up!!

(excuse me for my bad english but I'm italian...)
Dec 17, 2006 wonder_al
Love the ears!
Dec 17, 2006 valvalval
He has the BEST freakin' ears EVER.
Dec 17, 2006 anon
well isn't he just the cutest thing ever? this breed is so amazing... I've always love them :) I just loves those out of control ears!

and gryt - yes, schäfer means shepherd in German :)
Dec 17, 2006 ILuvMasonJohnson1
awwww!!!! Merlin is so cute! hes so adorable luv him!
Dec 18, 2006 Dusty's mom
That baby puppy brings me memories of my dear Star and then Nikki...both wonderful dogs...both GSD's. Star was unnaturally smart...smarter than some humans! She was gentle and protective... Unfortunately she died of bloat at age now I give all my dogs 2 small meals instead of 1 as a preventative. Nikki was my second shepherd and stayed with until age 15 in 2004 when her hips completely gave out. She stayed puppy until her dying day...Shepherds are the most loyal, intelligent, loving dogs, enjoy your floppsy eared puppy!!! He will remain puppy all his life...which I hope will be very long!
Dec 18, 2006 M2C3
Welcome to NC! We've been here 5 yrs. and love it. As they say down here "your puppy is just PRECIOUS!"
Dec 18, 2006 balboas_mommy
I love his ears. He is so cute! What a personality!
Dec 18, 2006 renee
There must be something eally special about you for Merlin to have picked you. He is beautiful. I loved the pics. He'll be grown up and into the ears and paws in no time.
Dec 18, 2006 1000RainyDays
Haha! Those ears are all over the place! How great : )
He's a cutey!
Dec 18, 2006 bb_boy_jonnel_diaz
merlin is such a cutie! such a giant feet! but soo cute to look at. mwah mwah merlin. a must have dog
Dec 19, 2006 drm
!!!!!!German Shepard fur + Puppy = Irresistable!!!!!
Dec 19, 2006 lovesdobermans
i think all german sheperd puppys are cute but this one is special he is one of the cutest i have ever seen you should see one next to a doberman puppy there the cutest pair.
Dec 20, 2006 snoopy_charcoal
so remind me of my precious snoopy, also a GSD. merlin is so adorable. i wanna hug and kiss her every second. too bad, i cant do that to my doggies coz i usually let them stay outside our house. hehe.
Dec 21, 2006 cordeiros12
I even dreamed about this cutey pie last night and had to come see pixs again today... so cute!
Merry Christmas and God bless.
Jan 2, 2007 AnimalLover85
I LOVE GSDs they are so loyal and cute. Hardworking and wonderful! And of course BIG!! That is one of the best parts about them! I want one so bad and I can't wait to get one!
Jan 3, 2007 Honora
An adorable GSD puppy! German Shepherds are my all time BEST dog - I am so one eyed when it comes to German Shepherd. They are the only dog for me! ALWAYS!
Jan 9, 2007 soshyviolet
i love german shepherds... especially when they are growing and trying to get their ears to stand up... too cute!
Jan 14, 2007 LadyIrisTheGreatDane
i love those ears what a darling dog!
Feb 3, 2007 louthepurplefairy
what a cute baby. i could eat him up! if you could bottle cuteness, this guy would make a fortune! And i love his ears, they make him all the more endearing!
Mar 5, 2007 jenniferchow
Your dog is so cute, looks just the same as the one I have.
Mar 27, 2007 SwattyMcFox
He is so cute - it makes my heart ache!
Apr 15, 2007 Dulce
German Shepherds are so cute I have a German Shepherd he the best!I like the pic were Merlin is siting down...........
Apr 27, 2007 murfee714j
Your Merlin is wunderbar!! I too have a shepherd, she is 12 now and shutting down, so she gets anything she wants. Your wonderful pictures brought back memories of the wild puppy ears. They are kind of like a baby elephants trunk until they learn how to use them, they flop all over. We used to call my girl "conehead" because for the longest time the ears rested on each other. Love your baby well, for the time is so short. I agree with Will Rogers, who said, "If dogs don't go to heaven, I want to go where they go".
May 3, 2007 mom-lainie
What a darling! YOu can see the intellegence in his eyes in spite of not being able to control thoses ears yet. Too cute. Merlin is a very apt name as in Merlin the Wizard or Merlin the Wise.
May 8, 2007 sandi
Oh Merlin- what a magic spell you weave! I just love those floppy ears!oh and the 9th pic with that tilted head-- so cute- so sweet
May 20, 2007 Olivia
DAWWWWWW.... What a sweet boy. I love the ears, and his colors are beautiful. The paws are HUGE, and his eyes are so expressive. I miss mine. She lived 16 years.... I would have a german shep. again, for sure. Enjoy! Just wish they didn't shed like crazy. :)
Jul 30, 2007 catmama16
i love merlin's name does he do any magic tricks hahaha i love his ears soooooo cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Aug 25, 2007 RockStarFrenchy
Love him and his beautiful ears!!!!!!!!
Dec 21, 2007 tla0126
Those fuzzy little stump legs and the ears trying their darndest to stand up... SO adorable I can hardly stand it.... I just want to squeeze him!
Feb 13, 2008 akitamom
I gew up with GSDs and I just love them!!!! But what is all this hoo-hah about the ears? It's Merlin's giganto legs and feet that are such fun -- he'll be a big boy!
Feb 17, 2008 Glorybe
By now, your Merlin has probably developed into a beautiful, "young man". I pray all is well. His puppy pictures here are simply stunning. What a lovely color pattern. My shepard, Sheba, was with me for many years before God helped her across the "Rainbow Bridge", and I still become misty-eyed when I recall her devotion to me, and kindness to others (except the neighbor's cat) ha ha

Wishing you many healthly, loving years helping one another.
May 2, 2008 craig1949
GS rule! We have an 11 year old who looked exactly like Merlin as a pup.
May 10, 2008 doggieaunt
Merlin is so well-named; he's definitely magical! What a sweetie -- he must be huge by now (5/10/08)!
Nov 19, 2008 Pixi's mom
His ears are just a hoot! Love him. What a sweetie.
Dec 15, 2008 jbroy
I love the age where their paws and ears are bigger then the rest of their body. He is very cute!
Apr 19, 2009 Tia Maria
what an adorable little cutie puppy you are. Just too CUTE!
Jan 3, 2010 lovely latvian
My you are going thru puberty , all long legs, big paws, floppy ears and the most adorable face, just too too cute...
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