Award Of Excellence  & Select Excellent

aka  'THE BOSS'


Proud Breeders of two U.S. A.O.E. Grand Victors and 

one A.O.E. Grand Victrix


A.O.E. U.S. Grand VIctor Select Excellent ROM, R.N.

Mar Haven's And The Beat Goes On

 A.O.E.. U.S. Grand Victrix  Select Excellent

Champion Mar Haven's Black Orchid R.O.M., H.T., P.T.



Welcome to the  Web Site.of 'the BOSS

At MarHaven Shepherds we constantly strive for a healthy, sound, beautiful, long striding athletic animal that is completely sound in character. We take pride in producing German Shepherd Dogs that can win in the conformation show ring and are used successfully for Search & Rescue, Herding, Guide Dogs, Therapy dogs, Agility dogs, Avalanche dogs and great all-around family dogs!! We believe the intelligence, soundness and amazing versatility of this breed is what makes it a truly Great Breed. We love a long striding, powerful stallion male, and strong athletic bitches.   These qualities, to us, are crucial to the beauty of this breed and is a successful result of adhering to the Standard as we understand it.

Our 1997 U. S. Grand Victor Champion Mar Haven's Color Guard was the epitome of what we personally strive for.  Total soundness mentally, and physically.    His beautiful carriage and powerful athletic ground covering gait is the proof of our belief in our A.K.C.Standard of Excellence.   His desire and talent at herding passed on to his progeny.

We see these same characteristics in most of his progeny, especially his sons. It is with great pride and enjoyment that we show you some of the dogs that are a result of our breeding program and others, and the influence of BOSS as we watch his sons and Grandsons continue the expectation and tradition he has set before us!   The ability of his progeny to produce as well, is the 'Proof of their Heritage'  from him with one Grand Victor linebred on him and our own Grand Victrix also closely bred on him and three other Grand Victors by his sons and daughters and a Granddaughter.

We live on five acres in the beautiful Gold Country of the Foothills of the Sierra Nevada of Northern California. Our dogs are raised in a family setting with us. They are exercised on some of the mountain trails in this area and along the Bear River, where they love to swim and play in the water. We love visitors, and our dogs love visitors, and invite anyone to drop in and visit us and our dogs and occasional puppies for some good old fashioned 'dog talk'!

Frank & Carolyn Martello

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