Once you decide on the breed you wish to purchase and you locate a reputable breeder - the toughest part is yet to come. Upon arrival at the breeders you will be faced with many of the most beautiful little faces you have ever seen. Choosing the best pup for your family should be more than picking the one that you think is the cutest.
When you visit with the puppies take notice first of which pup or pups break away from their litter mates to see you. This is often a sign of a pup that will be harder to train as they may tend to be stubborn or high energy. If they are comfortable leaving the safety of the other pups to run and see strangers they may not be the best choice in the litter for a family pup.
Also watch them interact with each other. A pup that is bullying or picking on the other pups will tend to also be more aggressive in nature with humans. This does not always translate into problems with biting or attacking people as much as being submissive to thier owner and easy to train.
When you pick up each pup that you are interested in flip them over on their back and cradle them much like you would a baby. If the pup struggles fiercely and does not settle down at all note this as well. You are looking for a puppy that might struggle some but who will relax and enjoy a good belly rub at the same time.
Always ask the breeder which pups seem to be the bully or lead pup from the litter. Try to find one that is not the most aggressive nor the shyest that does not have an interest in meeting you. One right in the middle is the best choice for a family pup!
Find out what the pups were doing prior to your visit. If they just ate or were having a rough play time with each other - they may not be acting like what is typical for them. So, always listen to the breeder if what you are witnessing is different than what they are recommending. Pups get tired after mealtime and playtime. The puppy with the most energy may be having a sleepy period when you visit.