Vex vom Haus Barrett, son of Indi and Nex
Received in Juli 2015
I wanted to let you know how Vex was doing. Very simply put he is
a GREAT dog in all respects. HIs gait, run and trot postures are so
pretty to watch. When he moves it is very fluid I cannot imagine any
hip issues. When he chases a ball ears back, head down its so fun
to watch. In short this dog is an athlete more so than any of my other
GSD dogs ever. He has a full rich coat, no blemishes, no skin issues
thus far. His head is wider, his nose is shorter than TImo so he
has a very strong look.
Vex has a VERY VERY high play drive way way more than any other dog
I have raised. We play with him until he pants so heavily and he takes
maybe a ten minute rest and he is back for more. We have had to be
careful as we have had warm weather this spring in Seattle. In the
evening he wants to play again before bedtime. Vex is protective and
territorial like all my GSDs.
Most important is temperament. Vex is becoming a FANTASTIC member
of the family. He is smart enough to play rough with the boys (who
enjoy throwing the football and wrestling with Vex) and not bother
my oldest daughter who prefers cats. He knows if he wants to be petted
he should go to me or my youngest daughter. He has figured out his
place in the pack. Our family functions better with a dog, but it would
be a nightmare with the wrong dog. This is a dog whose intelligence
is bred. We are just using what he knows instinctively.
Dagmar, you should be so very proud of the work you do. Timo was such
a great dog, so loved by this family and we still miss him to this
day even though we had him for almost 11 years. Vex is a different
dog in many ways but provides the same role in our family as Timo and
Chief before him.
Ucci, a son of "Funny von der Martinskapelle"
and "Yakko vom Haus Barrett"
Received in March 2015
All is good for Ucci! His transformation from the 10 week old pup
to being now 7 months was such fun for my wife and I to watch. He is
truly a pleasure to have as our new companion and has the best temperament
ever plus he does the funnest things making us laugh-- what a jokester.
He housebroke in record time and never chewed or destroyed anything.
He has a deep thick shiny black coat and his tanish baby color is changing
to a deep red looking more and more like his dad. He is right on schedule
at 55 pounds and has all his pearly white teeth with the perfect bite.
Although it is hard to keep him on schedule for he is a chow hound.
Everyday he loves exploring his fenced in acre home looking for sticks
and things or just playing is the small water pond and stream which
runs through my property. His strong temperament shows with his alerting
on strange sounds with his deep bark and also in the morning to let
the other dogs in the mountain and valley know he is here. He also
now alerts on sounds or when someone comes to the house which is a
natural for him.
I couldn't be more pleased with his wonderful disposition with all
the grand-children. He is so gentle with them - you can see by the
way he plays and just wants to be with them all the time. One would
think he thinks he is one of them (LOL). And I must say he is very
dog friendly which is great too.
When we go for his daily walk, he stand so proud and I get so many
compliments on his looks. So many people stop to look or they come
over to talk and pet him which he loves. I even take him shopping at
Home Depot or other places walking up and down the isles for hours
meeting people and showing him many things.
The most fun I have is teaching him to find objects in the snow or
in my house or just to find the grand-children hidden in the woods.
His nose work is strong - he performs so well in this area tracking
with his head down and mouth closed. His tenacity and drive to not
stop till he finds what I hid for him is incredible.
He is a natural with listening to what we say - he heels, sits, downs,
and comes so nicely without any formal training. Best of all is retrieval
which he can do all day long. And he does all the fun stuff too that
the grand-kids taught him like shake, roll over and talk. Its so funny
when he talks and we talk back - its like we're having a conversation.
He looks directly at us and as we speak back he tilts his head from
side to side as if he understands.
As you know from our conversations and planning which litter to choose
over the years, Funny and Yakko was my pick because of their confirmation
and disposition. I wanted a strong looking male, quality blood lines,
and a family dog with a touch of natural protection. He has exceeded
all my expectations in every area.
Thank you for Ucci ---- I'm a PROUD owner of a Barrett German Shepherd!
to the left Reagan, to the right Uliesel
Received in February 2015
We have two Haus-Barrett females - Reagan (Tyson/Orca) and Uliesel
(Yakko/Funny). Both dogs are beautiful, extremely smart and very sweet.
Every time we take the dogs out walking, we get compliments on how
pretty they are from the people we meet. We got Reagan first and then
got Uliesel when Reagan was almost 12 months old. Both dogs immediately
took to each other and are now inseparable friends. Even though Uliesel
is still a puppy, she won't back down to Reagan and gives as good as
We were initially a bit hesitant to order a dog sight unseen from Germany
but both dogs are everything we could ask for. We described ourselves
and our desires to Dagmar and trusted her to pick out "moms"
and then puppies that would "fit" us. Both times, we were
extremely satisfied with Dagmar's decision. Her choices were spot on.
We know getting a puppy shipped from Germany can be intimidating for
some people but recommend Haus-Barrett without hesitation. Dagmar raises
quality dogs and will make sure to provide you the puppy of your dreams.
We would recommend choosing a "mom" from those Dagmar recommends
based on your personal family and who would match best. Then we would
recommend putting a deposit down for the next litter planned for that
Dam… Obviously there are no guarantees, but this really helped
us to get puppies from two of the Dams Dagmar recommended
Reagan (daughter of Orca and Tyson
Uliesel (daughter of Funny and Yakko)
Three year old Fallon. She is the sister of Flash.
Flash will enrich our breeding program in 2015
Received in January 2015
We just wanted to update you on Fallon(Akeila) from Yanka and Buddy. Fallon
arrived as an eight week old after a long flight from Germanyto the west coast
of Canada. Proudly stepped out of the crate, said hi to our old boyScout and
has never looked back. She took the challenge by storm and is up to try anything
we show her. She is a very smart dog, social with dogs, loves people, happy,
healthy, and but has protective side when needed. We travel a lot and she comes
with us everywhere we go. We have recently traveled in the western U.S., and
she is up ready to go every morning and loves the long car rides.
Everywhere we go people ask to meet her and ask about her breed, as a lot
of people have not seen and long haired GSD before. She loves the attention.
We are so happy to direct everyone to your web site for more information. We
have taught her obedience, searching and tracking, and she has done some tricks
classes as well. And recently she has made us very proud of how steady and
confident she is in all situations. We decided since she was so friendly, we
would like to train her to be a volunteer therapy/hospice dog. Annette went
meeting first and was told by St. John's Ambulance, who run the program here,
of what to expect. They do not train you, but test owner and dog in all situations.
We thought Fallon may not make it this year, but it would be good experience
for them both and we could try again when she was older. Fallon, who is not
even three years old, passed with flying colours, and the testers were impressed
as she is so young, and they do not have many owners with GSDs apply. We were
told after the test, that you can only try once with your dog, and can not
re-apply later. Fallon clearly is a very balanced dog, capable of many different
tasks and adjusts her energy level to the job at hand. They will start visiting
long term care shortly and hopefully bring a few smiles to the residents.
Anyone waiting for the Yanka/Buddy puppies, it is well worth the wait.
For that matter, we are sure that any puppy coming from Barrett will make the
owners very happy. We say this, hoping we too can have a second Barrett sometime
Thank you Dagmar for doing what you do. Clearly you love the breed, and your
dogs. House of Barrett-Changing the worlds opinion of the GSD, one puppy at
Peter, Annette and Akeila(Fallon)
Ucci, an offspring of "Funny von der Martinskapelle"
and "Yakko vom Haus Barrett" together with family and Santa Claus
Received in December 2014
Ucci is doing fabulous. His temperament could not be any better. And he
does the funniest things such as collecting everything not tied down so to
say (his toys, plastic container wrappers, his bones, slippers, etc) and carries
them to his bed but doesn't chew them, rather he just hides them. Or he plays
hockey with the plastic containers by slapping them around the house with his
big front feet.
And outside - zowie -- he loves retrieving and bring it back. I use fake dog
toy to simulate dumbbells and he carries them exactly in the middle as if he
was in trail. Such a funny enjoyable dog; especially with the grand Children.
He is full of play and gets along great with my Pomeranian but I do have to
say she ( Gucci the Parm) keeps him in line, active for she is fast and barks
at him and he runs and sounds like a horse. Historical to watch!
We took most of the family and went to see Santa and I thought you would want
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Ellery, an offspring of Olympia and Tyson
Received in February 2014
Well, it is almost two years since Ellery, we call her Lila, was born. And
she has brought so much joy into our lives. She is beautiful, with a gorgeous
head and face. She's a bit on the petite size in height, but she sure jumps
high and far. I sometimes get nervous watching her as she files down the staircase
2 steps at a time.
Lila is quite the party girl…she loves to play, and finds everything
funny. But she is the cuddliest girl we have ever had. Whenever my children
return home, Lila finds her way into their beds at night. She sleeps with the
newest arrival for a few days, eventually returning to my bedroom.
Lila has the sweetest disposition. She lays quietly while I groom her, cutting
her nails, brushing her fur, cleaning her ears. She never gets upset. But,
she definitely is not the best listener. When Lila is being spoken to sternly,
she gets super close and rolls over saying, "Look at me, I didn't mean
it, see I am so good, please rub my tummy." I know, we shouldn't, but
we cannot resist her face. She tries so hard to please, and she makes everyone
Lila and her "sister" Evita get along wonderfully. They often remind
me of two toddler sisters. I feel so lucky that they like each other. When
I leave, they have full run of the house, but both just sleep together in the
Lila is so wonderful, we couldn't ask for more. I hope you and your family
are doing well. My husband and I look at your website every few weeks, and
fall in love over and over again with your puppies. I wish I could have another,
but two is enough for now.
Best and warmest regards,
Nadine and family
Lincoln an offspring of Yanka and Buddy
Received in January 2014
Hope this email finds you and your family well. Jeff and I wanted to send you
a photo of Lincoln at 1 year. He has turned into an exceptionally good boy.
He is amazingly active, but loves all people and dogs (squirrels and deer are
another matter). As an offspring of Yanka and Buddy, he exceeds all expectations
of their best traits. We know that the upcoming litter will be wonderful and
anyone lucky enough to get one of their puppies will have a fabulous companion.
Jane and Jeff
Bär, the son of Funny von der Martinskapelle and Buddy
vom Kuckucksland, together with his owner
Bar vom Haus Barrett is soon to be 17 months old weighs 88 pounds. Bar is
German for bear. Bar is not as tall as the two GSD that we had before him,
but he is longer, both were from Germany, both long hair and great dogs. Each
had there own personalities, both faithful family companions. Hans (the second
GDS) was my wife's dog and best friend, wanted to be in the area but not the
touchy feely type. The first was Zeke well trained and a great protector, which
takes a lot of time and training, I was younger then and more demanding at
that time. Zeke was gallant, and obedient, never did anything he wasn't told
to. Now we have only Bar, Hans passed two months after bar arrived at the age
of 12 years 3 months. Bar is smarter than the other two, very loving, always
by my side (or on my lap) when I'm home, or working in the yard or garden.
He rides in the truck and John Deere Gator, loves to visit the neighbors. Bar
has a Doggy Door and lives with us, he has access to a large run with a six
foot fence, but he lives in the house. One other thing about Bar, he is a trouble
maker. Everything in the house is locked up or put above six foot. I should
have known that this was the way it was going to be from the start, example:
Bar arrived at Chicago Airport on January 2, 2012, things around the farm has
not been the same since. When we picked him up after his long journey, put
him in his shipping cage in the back of our large SUV to take him home, about
4 hour trip by car. I put down one of the seats to access the cage, my wife
was driving and we had a life-long friend (before kindergarten) with us, they
were both in the front. I let bar out of his cage and gave him a small dish
of water, he drank it then came over and laid on my lap. After a while he got
up, smelled around, walked back into his cage and peed, I thought that this
dog was the smartest dog I'd ever seen for his age, but wait. Next I decided
to give him food, been many hours since he had any. I knew that the rule with
puppies is food in shortly poop out, but I was sure he would go to the cage
just as before, well I was wrong. Now remember it is below freezing, in the
state I live in you must wear a seat belt even in the back (so I'm tied down),
so Bar ate well, then starts the smelling around again, into the cage he goes,
out in a short while, but no smell. I expected an odor, but none, this is a
great dog. Then off to explore the back of the SUV, just 6 inches past my reach
he finds my cap. I grew up in a farm community every male in the county wears
a cap. Bar smells it looks at me almost smiling, as if he knew I could not
reach him, squats and poops in my cap, now I have other caps, no big deal.
Remember I said it was below freezing, and we are in a vehicle in heavy traffic,
with heat on and the windows up. Oh what an odor, windows go down, two women
yelling at me, the three of us have a hard time breathing, and five miles to
the next exit. Get to a gas station about ten minutes later, dump the hat and
leave before anyone can stop us, where is Bar, asleep in the seat. We rode
in the cold with the windows down for miles, my eyes still water just thinking
about it. Since then I keep the caps hid.
Well that was the start. Bar has done many things, over the last year, like
carrying a box on his head up the stairs, taking the can goods from the basement
shelving to his pen in the back yard, through his Doggy Door. Last summer he
found that he could get on the bed by himself; one night he chewed a hole in
the down comforter, Mary Ann wakes up yelling that we had spiders in the bed.
Turns out, after we turned the lights on that Bar was entertaining himself
by slapping his paw on the bed so it would spew feathers through the small
hole, which was directly under the ceiling fan. That night he was MY DOG, so
I cleaned the bedroom, anyway Mary Ann was laughing so hard she would not have
been much help, She loves to tell the story. Another instance we bought a new
front load washing machine last fall and Mary Ann was getting ready to wash
the sheets and pillow cases when she had a distraction, she came back, started
the washer, said Bar was setting beside the washer where he was when she left
the room for only minutes. She had not got the door closed, when she finished
washing and when to put everything in the dryer, part of it was missing. You
guessed it, Bar had taken what he could out the Doggy Door and in the process
had shut the washer door so Mary Ann did not notice anything was wrong. There
is not a day that goes by that we do not laugh at something that he does.
If you want a dog, go to the pound. If you want a member of the family, that
is smart, loving, wants to learn, you can laugh at and I swear with, get a
Barrett. Bar is fast, strong, faithful and loves everybody that comes to our
farm. When he has a leash on he is one of the best manner dogs around, when
it's off he is a bear. Bar is our protector; about three weeks ago along about
1:00 AM the coyotes came up behind the house and started yelping, way close
to the house. Bar came into the bedroom jumped on the bed and raised cane,
barking loud. I went to the back door and scared them away, Bar slept in the
door way to the bedroom the rest of the night (he likes to sleep outside in
the cold). I went back to sleep, Mary Ann read for a while, she said he would
growl once in a while. No body or thing was going to get past Bar.
Some say we have spoiled Bar, Mary Ann will fix him chicken and noodles, we
buy chicken livers when we go to the store, just for him, and if he gets low
on marrow bones we stop everything and go to the butcher shop. This all being
said, we raised our son them same way. Don't get me wrong we corrected our
son as do we with Bar, I guess what I'm trying to express, is the fact that
he is not just a dog. He's Bar vom Haus Barret, his I.D. tag reads Bar Patton,
he's family. Just wish we'd got twins.
April 10, 2013
Mount Auburn, Illinois, USA
Received in April 2013
Dame-Ziva, a daughter of Nora and Tyson
Received for New Years 2012
Dear Dagmar & Family,
Our Dame-Ziva (Tyson-Nora) has just turned 4 years old, so we thought it would
be a good time to send you an update on her.
She continues to have endless energy. She never seems to get tired. She was
very happy when she went outside this morning to find the ground covered in
snow. She loves to run as fast as she can in the snow.
Ziva is a very healthy and happy girl. She has learned to live with her feline
housemate. Although, she does like to "correct" the cat when he scratches
on the furniture or doors. She knows that he should not do this and will offer
her assistance by nipping at the cat's hind legs while he is stretched up in
a scratching pose to make him get down. If that fails, she just knocks him
down and holds him with her paw. She is a very efficient disciplinarian!
She also continues to exhibit very distinct BARRETT traits - she loves to have
a toy in her mouth. She also prefers to select which toy she would like to
play with at any particular time. Her toys are in a container and she will
stick her head inside the container and toss out the toys she is NOT interested
in until she finds the one that she wants that day. She is not looking for
the same toy each time. One day it may be the small red ball, the next day
it may be the chew bone and another day it may be the large pink ball, etc.
She has very strong opinions!!
She is convinced that every bed (and sofa) in the house belongs to her. She
loves to be very comfortable when she sleeps. She sleeps just like a person.
She arranges the pillows until they are to her exact liking - sometimes even
tossing them off the bed if she does not want a pillow that day. She is so
funny, she makes us laugh.
Ziva is a very good guard dog. She is always alert and will defend her people
& property, which seems to come naturally to her.
She is very smart and loves to be challenged mentally. I am always trying to
think of games to play that work her mind. She loves to search & find things.
She has an excellent nose for tracking. Hopefully, in the spring we can do
some more of this type of training.
We have attached a few photos to show you - the first ones show her on alert
for a stranger approaching, then there are pictures of her using her nose to
find treats that are hidden in a puzzle (she must first identify which wooden
peg has the hidden treat using her sense of smell, then she must remove the
peg to reveal the treat), then her guarding the house by watching out the window
for strangers and finally Ziva opening her Christmas present (she understands
the concept of unwrapping presents better than most children!!).
We hope that you and your family had a wonderful Christmas and will enjoy a
very Happy New Year!
Susan & Michael Goldstein
Dame-Ziva watching out for strangers and looking for her Christmas
Uriel, a daughter of Nora and Tyson (view
Received in December 2012
I was finally able to send some photos of our wonderful GSD, Uriel. We changed
her name to Fiona, and call her "Fee". You cannot imagine how much
we love this dog. She is more human than dog, she is so full of energy and
so ready to play, but yet obedient and very sensitive to everyone in the family
She is especially great with our grandchildren, as you can see from the picture.
She is always carrying something around in her mouth, but then you said, all
Barretts do this. She also loves the water and is always dropping her toys
in the pool, so she can fish them out.
I must admit, we were a little hesitant at first, buying a puppy we couldn't
choose for ourselves, but you sent us the perfect one. I have recommended you
to several of my friends, because they think our dog is so beautiful and so
A million thanks again for a most wonderful addition to our family. I always
check your website and love seeing the puppies and the incredibly beautiful
adults. I am sending along a few more pictures separately.
PS. Yesterday was her second birthday, so we had a big party.
Hindy, a daughter of Indi and Yakko
Received in November 2012
I am doing well. I have two new teeth. My parents say I am too active, but
anyway they try to be on my level.
Please find some photos me and my friend, me and my favorite
toy ( in principal I am playing with everything in the house, espesially with
these things, which my parents think are not allowed),
and simply me.
I will keep you informed, now I am on a hurry as we are going for a walk
Xavier from House Barrett, a son of Queeny and Tyson
We have received an Email from Linda and John out of New York, the happy
owner of "Xavier"
We like to share these lines with all the visitors of our webpge
I want to send you a picture of our beautiful Warrior (Xavier), from Queeny
& Tyson. He is now 10 months old and I must say, probably the most beautiful
dog we've ever had. And he is so loveable! He makes us laugh so much. I forget
that he is still a pup because he is so big! He looks so much like his Dad,
Tyson. Such beautiful color and long, long hair. People are always stopping
to tell us how beautiful he is.
I thank you, Dagmar, for the friendship that has formed between us over the
past year and a half. You were so patient as I continued to email you. And
you always got back with me quickly to answer my questions or reassure me.
This dog was well worth the wait!
I hope some day you can visit us in New York.
Linda & John
Tuco from House Barrett, a son of Olympia and Tyson
We have received an Email from Donna out of Canada, the happy owner of
We like to share these lines with all the visitors of our webpge
February 14th, 2011
Just wanted to thank you again for all the work and love you and your family
have done in breeding and raising these exceptional German shepherd dogs. I
am so happy I found your website and have followed it closely over this past
year. You provide all the information that people need and should be researching
before bringing a GSD into there home. I know you have experienced losses over
the years and yet continue to be committed to the future of this beautiful
You have allowed us into your home so to speak and see for ourselves that these
dogs are given all the right things ie breeding,training,socialization etc.
Your standards are of the highest quality and I only wish that more breeders
would follow suit.
Now about our Tuco, he is the brightest and smartest puppy.( i'm sure everyone
says that) but he seems to learn things almost instantly! I noticed right from
day one that he looks directly into our eyes. I am sure that he gets that from
Tyson. He is confident, not shy or afraid of new people or things. He loves
car rides, going to new places and is just curious about everything.
We are in puppy socialization class right now and I am just so proud of him.
Although we never planned to do sch training with him, he will continue into
obedience classes and we will see where this leads. (I'll keep you updated
on his progress). He is 20 lbs , very fuzzy so looks much bigger and super
I have to laugh that one of the other new puppy parent changed the name to
devil! We were close to doing the same during week no.1, only to soon realize
that these guys were born to work,are active and have brains. They want to
please, need our patience,persistence and guidance to become the best that
they can be. We love our Tuco very much, he is a lot of work and wouldn't change
him for the world.
Sincerely and forever grateful
Maxus from House Barrett, a son of Olympia and Tyson
We have received an Email from Michelle
We like to share these lines with all the visitors of our webpge
December 16th, 2010
To all the German Shepherd lovers out there, who are lucky enough to get a
long coat from House Barrett like my Maxus, which came from the Olympia and
Tyson litter, you would be in heaven! Look at how handsome my boy is! Not only
is he drop dead gorgeous, he is the biggest and I mean the biggest love ever!
I live in Virginia in the USA and had Maxus shipped over here by Dagmar. This
has been the best thing I could have ever done. Thank you Dagmar for this absolutely
beautiful long coat German Shepherd by the name of Maxus that you picked for
In these pictures Maxus just turned 9 months old.
Michelle and Maxus
Dayna vom House Barrett, daughter of Nora and Tyson
We have received such a nice Email from "Dayna"
We like to share these lines with you
December 12th, 2010
Hello Mama Nora and Dad Tyson and of course family Anderson,
At first congratulations to mama and dad with the new born puppies. It is great
to hear that there are so many brothers and sisters.
Hopefully you are doing well mom because it is a very intens occasion. Me and
my family hope to see some pictures soon.
The families who will get a puppy out of this litter will be extremely lucky.
The children of Nora and Tyson are very intelligent with a high playdrive and
very aimed at people.
That is what I hear from my family.
They are still very happy to have me!!!!
We all folow your site Dagmar and it is good to see that everything is going
Greetings from Dayna!!!!
Xabie from House Barrett, a daughter of Nora and Tyson
Kerry Krumbeck from Houston send the following lines to us to share with
July 17th 2008
I would like to say a few words about my experience with House
Barrett and the puppy I recently received. First, my little female "Xabie"
from Nora - Tyson is everything I was hoping for. She's smart, loves the tennis
ball, and anything that has water in it. This is my 3rd week with her and she
already knows Sit, Down, and Go to Bed thru food treats. We do ball play and
she's doing great: Take it - Bring, and Here. Xabie is playful, smart, confident,
alert, affectionate, and shows a lot of expression.
I knew before the puppy arrived what I was getting thru the litter pages. Many
evenings were spent looking over each breeding combination and the offspring
they produced. By describing to Dagmar my likes, dislikes, and dog experience
level she selected the perfect female from the X litter.
I also like that Dagmar titles her dogs in Schutzhund. This shows her commitment
to a sound breeding program that's about more than just breeding long coats
as in the U.S.
Once I decided to import a female Shepherd from House Barrett the hardest part
was waiting and seeing other females go to their new homes that had deposits
ahead of mine.
My vet gave Xabie a clean bill of health and commented that she was the finest
female GSD he has seen in structure and looks. I could not be happier.
Yoko from House Barrett
The Santos Family from North Carolina send the following lines to us
to share with everybody
July 23rd 2008
Well, what can I say? I fell in love with dear baby Yoko from the moment I
met her! She has the most wonderful temperament, extraordinary pigmentation,
and she is as graceful as can be. My family and I have owned quality German
Shepherds our entire lives and we must admit that Baby Yoko is the smarted
little girl we have ever had. At nine weeks old….. she knows her name,
goes in and out of the doggy door and is extremely alert and very feisty! When
I talk about her….my friends say it sounds like I am talking about my
very own daughter and I tell them "I am." In such a short time, Yoko
has become such an important part of our family….my husband and I, my
father, my two children, my two other German Shepherds and my American Bulldog.
It was my pleasure to work with such an exceptional person and breeder like
Dagmar. She is honest, experienced and most of all cares about the kind of
puppy that will be the best fit for your family. I am so thankful to have found
House-Barrett Kennels and can`t wait to have another House-Barrett baby join
my family in the future!!!!!!
Sincerely and Graciously,
The Santos Family
Yago vom Haus Barrett
M.C. and Beverly Rhoads send the following lines to us to
share with everybody:
CONGRATULATIONS The fact that you are reading these testimonials
tells me that you have already accomplished a difficult task. You have found
the House-Barrett website where long-haired GSD's (German Shepherd Dogs) of
the highest quality are found.
My wife and I have had German Shepherds for over 25 years now. We lost our
beloved Oskar in December of 2003. He was a long coat and the most perfect
friend a person could have. I tear up just writing these lines about him.
As you read these testimonials you will see similar stories about people who
have experienced the great joy of living with GSD's and the deep sorrow of
losing them. The common thread is that they come back for more.
I was told of the House-Barrett website by a German friend who was for many
years herself a breeder of the GSD. You can see what a beautiful website this
is but read between the lines and feel the love that Dagmar Anderson and her
family have for these magnificent animals. If you're an animal lover, I'll
bet you have observed the way people handle their animals and thereby accurately
assessed that person's character. Dagmar Anderson is like that. What you see
on her website is what you get.
A German Shepherd is not for everybody. Read the information on this site about
their history and temperament etc. If you want a dog to chain to a tree in
the backyard please hit ( CTRL ALT DELETE ). If you are looking for a highly
intelligent animal that sleeps in your master bedroom and gives your family
tons of love, affection and protection consider a dog from House-Barrett.
If you can travel to Germany to see these animals firsthand do so by all means.
I could not afford to make the trip. We exchanged many emails with Dagmar.
She got acquainted with us and we formed a kinship with her. It is difficult
to send a substantial sum of money (not to mention trusting in them to choose
the right puppy for you) into the black hole of the internet but have faith,
you will be enormously rewarded.
We had to wait for some time to get the parents we wanted and then hope for
the right number of males and females. We decided on a little boy from Melody
and Gustl. Yago (see him in the "Y" litter) was born in August of
2004 and we picked him up at the airport in October. All I can say is the internet
photos don't do these dogs justice. They are awesome.
If you choose a puppy from House-Barrett, don't wait for a small, shy little
dog to arrive. Dagmar's puppies are big, bold and beautiful. What you will
find when you open the shipping crate has to be experienced to be believed.
Yago had been in his crate for about 15 hours. He knew his name and he had
made no mess. He bounded out of the crate and had kisses for us. He knew he
was going home. He rode on my wife's lap and didn't cry or whine.
Dagmar Anderson is available by email or phone and will answer questions and
is a great resource. Don't assume that your vet knows everything about your
dog. Scientific knowledge is one thing but a good breeder has a lot of practical
experience where "the rubber meets the road".
If you require an independent opinion, email me at (email@example.com) I
will give you my phone number if you want. I love to talk about these most
The best recommendation I can give House-Barret is this--I would buy another
dog from them in a heartbeat.
M.C. and Beverly (and YAGO of course) Rhoads
Washington State, December 2004
Quindy vom Haus Barrett, a daughter of Cindy and Gustl
A wonderful letter we received from Sonja and family:
We would like to share our experience with everyone who is interested in
getting puppy from the House-Barrett kennel. You will not only get a wonderful,
beautiful, well socialized and healthy puppy, you will get a breeder who will
be there for you 24/7 (this is not an exaggeration).
We decided to get a puppy in the summer of 2002. We were vacationing in Maine
and one night, we found a beautiful German Shepherd in the middle of the dirt
road, deep into the Maine woods. She was lost and clearly eager to be with
people. We took her with us and the very next day found her owners. That night
made us decide to get another dog. We have had a mix Shepherd for 10 years
and after she died and we moved to New York City we didn't want to have another
dog. However, one single night with that dog in Mane made us change our minds.
We have had very bad experience many years before with the breeder in New Jersey,
so I decided to hit the internet and look for a dog in Germany. At that time
I even didn't know that you can get a long coat GSD. Once I found out that
such breeders exist, I found Dagmar's web page and after seeing her dogs, it
was clear to us that we wanted to have one of them. It was love at first sight!
Purchasing a puppy over the phone is a pretty scary experience. You cannot
see puppies or parents and you have to rely on what you see on the web site.
I talked many times with Dagmar and got a very good feeling. She put me in
touch with a lady who already bought her dogs from Dagmar and I was sure that
I will get a very good puppy.
We couldn't get a dog from the litter we were waiting for, because Indra produced
only two puppies, so we went on the waiting list for the next litter. Little
while later Cindy and Gustl had pups and we were getting one of them. I cannot
describe what excitement filled our house. After 6 years without dog we were
getting a puppy! It was almost like expecting a baby.
Quindy arrived in Boston one cold, December afternoon. Except for being a little
smelly after such long flight, she was in excellent shape. She slept on my
lap on the way home for five hours. She didn't cry, she felt very comfortable
and was very sweet. When we came home, I gave her a short bath and she took
it like a trooper. No fear, or tantrum or anything like it. Only two days after
her arrival she "asked" to go out. We were all very impressed. She
was the cutest and funniest little dog we have ever seen. Needless to say we
loved her from the moment we saw her. She always had ideas what to do next.
She was a little entertainer! We had such good laughs with her!
Then, it was time to return to New York. The trip was about 10 hours and she
went through it with no problem. Since then, we have made many of these trips
with Quindy and she always took it well.
Unfortunately, in New York she managed to find a glass and brake it and eat
a piece of it. She had to have surgery and was unlucky enough to get complications
from it which required another surgery. At that time Dagmar was talking to
me on daily basis sometimes more than once. It was because of Dagmar that my
dog survived. She told me what to feed her and how to care for her. Doctors
here were absolutely useless. It took long time for Quindy to recover, but
she did. I remember that one doctor suggested of putting her down. She would
be surprised to see her today.
Quindy is a beautiful, self confident, outgoing dog. Her intelligence is incredible.
I was very worried that after her ordeal with hospital she will become fearful
and unstable. It didn't happen. She loves people and especially children. I
can never take a short walk around the block with her, because so many people
stop to ask where did I get her and what kind of dog she is. When she was still
a puppy, she would never get scared of sirens (which are notorious for New
York City) or other strange noises. She kept her cool in all situations. She
loves other dogs, too. We bring her to the dog run every day and she plays
with other dogs without any problems. When we go to Maine she accompanies us
on our snowmobile rides or in summer she comes kayaking and swimming. Swimming
is her favorite activity.
She has excellent sense of smell and without ever being trained to track she
will let me know if somebody came home (she gets very excited in the elevator)
or she would pull me through the park till she finds one of our kids or my
husband. She knows all of us by name. One early Sunday morning (I was still
in my night gown) I went to throw out some trash and locked myself out in the
hallway. I knew that our doormen will be coming to pick up the garbage any
moment, and I didn't know how to get back. My husband was on the phone in another
room so I told to Quindy through the closed door 'go get Helmut". I heard
her going away and barking, but of course my husband didn't react. Then she
came back and barked and I told her again to 'go get Helmut'. She went again
and barked at him and he finally realized that something was going on and opened
the door. I was very proud of my little girl. She has to visit a place only
once to know exactly how to get there. She knows for example, where my studio
is or where my husband's office is. She will make the turn to the exact street
where she has to go. I have tested her so many times and she never failed.
I cannot praise Dagmar's work with her dogs enough. She has unmatched dedication
when it comes to caring for and training her dogs. She has become my friend
and we still e-mail each other on regular basis. I must also mention her children
who are very involved with raising the pups and are doing an excellent job.
For that, we thank them all.
Sonja, Helmut, Meret and David Hofer,
Rangeley Plt., Maine, 2004
Wotai vom Haus Barrett, a son of Nora and Tabaluga
Theresa and family wrote another very nice letter for me to share
after receiving their 2nd dog from us two weeks ago:
Dear Dagmar and family;
Our family, and yours, have become friends via the Internet for over a year now. At
that time, you blessed us with an intelligent and loyal dog from the S Litter, who
we call "Sina". She is one of the most intelligent and beautiful dogs we
have ever owned. And…we like to believe that no one else around has one like
her! We love her dearly and she's everything you promised she would be, and more. She
gives us so much love!
Two weeks ago, you delivered to us another sweet dog we call "Wotai". It
seems as if I had waited so long for his arrival, yet I feel now as if I've loved him
a lifetime. You 'selected' this dog for me, and I can say without a doubt, you gave
me one of the best puppies ever bred! I know…you have lots of wonderful dogs,
but for me, he's simply the best!
I can not say enough about your dedication to producing an exceptional breed that meets
and exceeds the German Shepherd standards. Your dogs have wonderful temperaments, in
that they adore being around people, especially children, enjoy riding in cars, love
playing and visiting with other dogs and EXCEL in training. There is nothing that I
could say that your dogs would not do. They give of themselves unconditionally and
love without end. Plus, they are simply gorgeous!
It is very obvious to me of the time and dedication that your entire family puts into
breeding an exceptional dog, for any pleasure or work. Even my "not-so-fond-of-shepherd"
friends have changed their opinion of the breed after being around my German Shepherds.
You should be proud of your commitment to the betterment of this breed. I know your
children also contribute lots of time in raising the pups, at a critical time in their
lives, so that they will become superior family members! I thank them too, as both
my pups came to me loving children and very well socialized.
Dagmar, please know that I cherish you as a friend as well as an expert in the breeding,
caring and raising of the German Shepherd Dog. You have responded with the utmost of
urgency to any questions I've raised and always taken the time to check up on my progress.
You've exceeded all my expectations of buying a dog from the initial discussions, transferring
of funds, transportation and follow up. Not to mention, from all the way across the
other side of the world! I've never had one bad experience, and in the end, I've found
a wonderful, honest, generous person and friend - and two lifelong companions!
Thank you again for the pleasure of owning not only one of your dogs, but two. I promise,
I will love and care for them like my own children. I'll also tell anyone looking for
a dog in the states to contact you. Your expertise and commitment to providing superior
service to your clients, goes unmatched. I hear horror stories from people over here
having had bad experiences with poor breeders. I KNOW anyone would be happy with a
dog from you! I'm so blessed to have met you!
Take care, and know that we will always think of you and your wonderful family with
Sina and Wotai's Family
Sina vom Haus Barrett, a daughter of Zaskia and Gustl
Theresa and family wrote a wonderful letter for me to share:
As you know, my family and I live in on an acreage in the state of Iowa.
We are great lovers of animals and nature, and especially, have a great love for the
German Shepherd dog. We have been blessed to have owned a German female, over the past
several years. Unfortunately, our relationship with her ended a year ago, at the age
of 9, when she went on to fulfill yet another mission in her life-long journey with
Her Keeper. Her name was Ina. She was a standard coat from Germany. We got her from
a friend who found other interests other than raising a puppy. Their loss was our gain!
In our attempt to fill a tremendous void after Ina passed, we sought to find another
companion who might provide the same level of love that our devoted friend once provided
us. In our search, we came upon your website where we found some of the most beautiful
dogs we've ever laid eyes upon. Gustl's picture was breathtaking, to say the least.
Although we've never seen, in person, a true 'coated' German Shepherd, we definitely
became infatuated by the beauty your dogs portrayed in pictures. We were convinced
that your dogs could only be MORE beautiful in person. My husband and I became obsessed
with looking at your website every evening, just to admire your dogs and their progeny.
It became apparent to us that we needed to inquire about owning one of your dogs.
After viewing all of the pages on your website, it was obvious to us that you took
much pride in raising and training your dogs to be top performers. It was apparent
by the time you spent creating and presenting your champions on your website. It is
one of the most professional, informative websites that I have visited. You've done
a fantastic job in communicating the standards and temperaments of the breed. You've
done this in such a way that people realize your passion for these dogs, your commitment
to excellence and your personable standards.
After inquiring about available puppies and discussing the requirements of purchasing
one, we became lucky enough to bring home a wonderful female from Haus Barrett! Coincidentally,
to our previous dog Ina, her name was Sina! Her parents are the beautiful Zaskia and
the breathtaking Gustl. What a wonderful combination! I'd say you've done a great job
in the selection process of your parents, both in confirmation and ability!
We could not have been more pleased to bring Sina into our home to live in our 'pack'.
After a very long, and most likely frightening journey to the states, Sina arrived
in good condition. We drove three hours to pick her up. It was during a torrential
rainstorm, and the plane arrived 3 hours later than the scheduled arrival time - in
the middle of the night! We opened the crate only to find an outgoing, happy and bouncing
puppy that was more than eager to jump right into my husband's lap. You would have
never known that she just lost her parents, specifically her mama, flew thousands of
miles across the world and spent many long and lonesome hours in a small crate. Her
personality was just splendid, and I was overcome with joy to see such a happy, loving
creature. And...how beautiful she was! Needless to say, she laid in my arms and rode
the next three hours in the car to her final destination - without a peep! She seemed
content and happy to be in the company of humans again. Hats off to you, Dagmar! A
less socialized puppy, without human contact and the exposure of normal day-to-day
noise and commotion would have showed very visible signs of trauma. To this day, Sina
has adjusted to every change in her environment without hesitation!
Sina has been a blessing to our family. She is one of the most loving German Shepherds
we have been around. She loves our children, the neighbors and our friends. She adores
farm living, going on walks, accompanying with chores, chasing sticks, playing with
her 'dog friends' and swimming in her pool. Sina attended puppy obedience classes at
4 mons. of age and excelled at each of her tasks. She graduated well above all other
puppies and continues to show desire each and every day in her need to learn new activities.
Everyone we meet asks where we got such a handsome and intelligent dog. HAUS BARRETT,
At such a very young age, Sina 'waits' at the bottom or top of the steps before proceeding,
to ensure that she will not cause me to trip and fall. She 'waits' patiently at the
door, before proceeding after me. She takes showers with me, sits for her nails to
be clipped and picks her feet up at the door to be wiped before coming into the house.
Yet, she is no less happy when she is just laying on the floor chewing on her stuffed
monkey! And...kisses are her specialty! She is simply happy doing whatever is expected
of her at the time. And, she only has to be shown a new task twice before she is successfully
performing it on her own. Today, she is only 7 mons. old and there is no doubt in my
mind that she will progress to be one of the greatest companions in dog history! If
not only in OUR hearts and OUR home! :)
Lastly, not only have you provided us a wonderful and beautiful companion, I can not
put into words how pleased I am with the service that you have provided throughout
the selection, delivery and transition of our Sina. Your customer service skills are
superior to many! You have answered each of my inquiries from the initial solicitation
I made all the way to the day-to-day chit-chat I deliver regularly via email. It's
very terrifying, in this day of technology, to send monies across the seas to someone
whom you have never met. Then, to be secure in the fact that they will honor their
promises. However, you have far exceeded my expectations! The family of Haus Barrett
has not only provided us a wonderful puppy, but has gone above and beyond in giving
ongoing advice and guidance in the raising of our dog. Especially, when you have numerous
dogs and other clients that you must attend and train on a daily basis!
Dagmar, I thank you for your continued support and am blessed to know
that you are a kind, giving and honest professional and human being. It goes without
saying that your dogs are an absolute reflection of your time and effort in developing
and maintaining the quality of the German Shepherd breed. I'm confident that should
there be more caring individuals like yourself, this world would be a more genuine
place to live and the breed will only get better as time goes on. Thank you for your
honesty, commitment to integrity and superior customer service. And, of course, our
beloved Sina. You can guarantee that I will testify to anyone inquiring that your complete
kennel, and its family members, are top-of-the-line!
I can't wait for my next two pups from your Haus to ours, (very soon)!
Much success and good wishes, always,
Theresa, Rick and Sina
Ajax vom Haus Jack
Scott wrote these nice words
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all of the hard work, preparation,
and care that went into breeding and shipping "Ajax" here to me overseas.
With your guidance and support, the process of importing was made a pleasant
and positive experience. I am also very pleased with the puppy that you recommended
for me. Living overseas I could not, myself, see or interact with the puppies.
Yet ,relying on your experience as a breeder and your system of evaluation
you were able to successfully find the right puppy for my needs. "Ajax"
is a wonderful puppy and a real testament to your kennel's philosophy. "Ajax"
is a very confident puppy. He is outgoing, smart, and has a wonderful disposition.
He has inherited such a magnificent, noble head and already he exhibits colours
which are deep and rich. I am very happy with your evaluation process and your
subsequent recommendation and would be pleased to recommend Haus-Barrett to
anyone looking for an exceptional puppy from an exceptional breeder. Thank
you again for all of the time, work, and care that went into finding me a puppy.
Sincerely, Scott Mertz Massachusetts, USA