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Welcome to my website!  I have dedicated these pages to my German Mittelspitz...who are my teachers, my  students and my friends. I  am dedicated to showcasing the talents of this amazing breed , working them to titles in traditional Obedience and Rally O as well as Conformation

"just a dog"

Once in a while, the people have told me, "relax, it's just a dog", Or, "it's a lot of money for just a dog". They don't understand the distance travelled, the time spent, or the costs that involve "just a dog". Some of my best moments have been accompanied by "just a dog". Many hours have passed and my only company was "just a dog", But no time.... I felt slighted. Some of my saddest moments have been the result of "just a dog", And in these days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a dog" at ease and gave me a reason to get through the day. If you also do you think it's "just a dog", Then you probably understand phrases like "just a friend", "just a sunrise", Or "just a promise". "just a dog" brought to my life the real essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy. "just a dog" pulled out of me the compassion and patience that makes me a better person. Because by "just a dog" I'm going to get up early, take long walks and look forward to the future. So for me, and friends like me, it's not "just a dog", But what gives us the humanity and prevents us from being "only human". So the next time you hear the phrase "just a dog", "he just smiles", Because they just don't understand.

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I was introduced to the German Spitz breed in 1995. I had the honour and delight to purchase  two mittel bitches from the ATETAK  kennel of  the late Bev  Hughes  & her daughter ,Kate..

ATETAK was  one of the pioneer kennels of the breed here in Australia and their lines are  behind so many of the dogs in today`s rings.

These bitches were to become Aus Champion Feelin Foxy CD ( Meg ) and  Aus Ch ATETAK Black Ice ( Winnie )

Meg ( sable) was by Aus Ch Elhamra Wolfgang out of Ch Perpetua Peaches NScream iid UK

Winnie ( black) was by Aus Ch Elhamra Wolfgang out of Ch  Teravil Domino at Wyndlee imp UK
Meg is the FIRST and ONLY mittel bitch in Australia to have gained a traditional obedience title higher than  CCD together with a conformation breed  title.  She excelled at heel work /scent and retrieve work , gaining  two passes in CDX before ill heath ended her beautiful life.  She placed in the top three in every trial.



Sire:   Champion ATETAK  WOLFGANG

1996   -  2008

Merrifox is the leading performance kennel in Australia.  See Obedience Titles.  

Australian Neutered  Champion  and amazing Rally O Novice Dog 




date of birth    2000.....and still going strong.

Father of Ollie and son of Meg.

A wonderful little dog that has soldiered on through
illness and injury to secure his moment in history. Neuter in Group many times, William scored 95/91 and 98 out of 100 possible marks at the age of 12  in his first time in a performance ring..RALLY O .

A winner of many Neuter in Group awards. he was  also part of the breed`s history by being awarded NEUTER IN SHOW at the


The last Merrifox bred dog to trial in Obedience was the second generation home bred

the breathtaking Ollie  : Ch MERRIFOX SNUGAZZA BUG CCD.CD

Son of William & Winnie ,Ollie  said goodbye at the young age of 8 after a short and devastating illness.  He won the ring four times...winning it twice on the one day at two separate trials.twice.

He titled in CCD  without any  failures and he titled in CD ( off lead work ) with two seconds  on the one day...

.NO OTHER BREED achieved this success at these trials.

Ollie was a mittel of size ,substance, elegance and with a superb temperament.  This gold parti as awarded BEST OF BREED  at CANBERRA ROYAL  for two

consecutive years and RUNNER UP BEST OF BREED SYDNEY ROYAL  in 2007.  Ollie`s amazing trial record has not been matched.

"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." (Dr. Seuss)

The German Spitz is a versatile, athletic and intelligent breed that can excel in most dog sports such as 

Obedience. Agility ,Rally O , Tracking , Search & Protection Work

Intelligent  & active mentally as well as physically, this breed  is  not  designed to 

be  a mere lap dog , requiring  mental challenges & stimulation for it  to prosper.. It is a misunderstood breed and much underrated and underrepresented in the performance rings in Australia. Not so  much internationally.

This site was created as a tribute to my  working  dogs. .to those who are  still with me through hard, 

difficult times and to those who have said goodbye.  These  were & still are my heart dogs

I salute my wonderful dogs who are my special teachers & who inspired me to be a better person

"Pedigree indicates what the animal should be.
Conformation indicates what the animal appears to be.
But performance indicates what the animal actually is."
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NEWS....CHAMPION LLANCARFAN JINGLE BELLS  is now a holder of her RN  AND her CCD title....gaining a third and a second in the ring ...only two dogs passing out of a field of 14 ..gaining her third pass August 1 2015....another TRIPLE TITLED  dog for MERRIFOX

Introducing the young dog Merrifox Eskimo Joe  (OZARK)  2015 pup by Ch LLancarfan Wild Condor CCD RN , out of Ch Borndowunda Nina Simone:  a boy who hopefully will carry on the Merrifox tradition of winning  working  mittels.