I went to a dog show a couple of weeks ago, and I was watching the Boxers. I met a woman who had shown a dog earlier and was watching the rest of the classes. My mom (who was watching with me) had told her that I was interested in boxers, and she mentioned that she has a bitch expecting puppies about a week from now! This woman was so nice! She answered my questions about what was going on in the ring, and she showed me some photos of her dogs. She clearly had a great understanding and love for the breed, and we hit it off very well. She said I could call her in a couple of months (when the puppies are about 6 weeks old) and bring the family out to meet the babies. She won't let them go until 8 weeks or more, but we could visit them as much as we want after their immune systems are strong enough to deal with outsiders' germs
I've sent her a note indicating that we are definitely interested in a puppy. I still have some questions about health testing (it was just not something that came up at the time), but I just have a really great feeling about this breeder. So my question is, should I continue to try to contact other breeders in my area? I can't imagine shopping for a new family member the way you do for a car -- haggling, getting quotes, selecting features (have you got a flashy dark brindle bitch on the lot?
) etc. So my gut tells me to stick with someone I feel comfortable with. But my head tells me it might not be such a good idea to pick the very first breeder I meet. So I'm going to put my various talking body parts on hold and see what the boxerworld folks think. Help!