I only have experience adopting dogs from rescues or shelters and really had no idea how complicated it is to find a reputable breeder. I found a breeder who shows her dogs, interviewed me on the phone before agreeing to give me a puppy and does recommended health checks on her dogs. I am also paying much more than I ever thought I would, $2,500. I am not rich, but thought it was another indicator of a decent breeder. She also doesn’t ship her dogs which makes me think she isn’t after the money. I only later realized she is not a member of the national breed club which is an indicator that she may not meet their high standards. She is on the AKC website only. She told me she has 11 dogs which in retrospect sounds more like a kennel. I don’t have it in me to back out at this point, but getting on a waiting list and waiting years for a puppy from a great breeder after a ton of research may be the way to go IF I ever do this again. I hate to think I am giving money to someone who doesn’t treat her dogs well. Despite being dog crazy and fascinated by certain breeds, I am much more comfortable adopting from a shelter. I looked to rescue for a long time and every dog I liked was already spoken for or I didn’t have the right yard for it ....so here I am driving myself crazy.