10-27-2013, 11:53 AM
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I am so sorry for your loss! I know Sid was part of your family and that you are your kids loved him like that.
I stick with mutts, so I'm not to much help when it comes to breeders, but from what I learned on DF a good place to start looking for a breeder is the AKC and breeder clubs.
When you find a breeder that you think is a good one a few questions to ask is what titles the bitch and dog have. Ask to see the health records on the dogs those should include genetic test results for common genetic diseases in the breed. Ask to spend time with the dogs, and if it would be possible to contact people who have purchased puppies from her. Before sending any pups home the breeder will have taken it to the vets, had it given it's first vet check and started it on it's first round of puppy shots. NO reputable breeders will send a pup home before it's 8 weeks old and nearly all of them will wait till the pup is 8 to 12 weeks.
Start researching breeders now. Most good breeders have waiting list for their puppies because the generally will not plan a liter unless they have homes lined up for the potential puppies. Also be prepared for the breeder to interview you. A good breeder will not let a puppy go to just anyone, they want to know that the puppy is going to someone who will be a good fit for it, who will care for it properly, and who will take care of it for it's whole life.