gwp4me2 wrote:For me personally it is just too big of a risk to take.
Too big a risk for me, too, for a pup. The only real way to really know what you are getting in that combo is to wait and get a started (yearling)or finished (2+ year old) dog.
The reason pups are less risky from established breeders is that the breeders have observed scores of litters previously, and usually the young dogs have test histories (e.g., NAVHDA NA). I would even prefer to go one step further and get a repeat breeding that has information available about previous litter(s) - even references you could call about pups out of specific parents and talk to them about the things that are important to you.
Also, established breeders know the health histories of their dogs, have eliminated lines with hereditary health issues, and provide health guarantees. This is a HUGE advantage. Any $$ you save on a pup with no guarantees you can easily spend x100 in vet bills down the road. It's taken me a whole lifetime to learn that one the hard way.
Getting a pup is always a crap shoot. How lucky are you feeling these days, and what would your plans be for the dog if it turns out to be unable to perform in the field like you want/need?
Good for you for seeking information prior to just picking the cutest pup.