People calling us from all across the country often ask us this question. Not only do we consider it a good one, it also shows good discernment and judgement on the callers part!
It is truly to your benefit to locate an area breeder that will allow you to come visit the mom and the father of the puppies, as well as the puppies themselves. You can learn alot about your new perspective pup by spending time with the parents as well as seeing the environment in which they have been raised.
With that being said, you may also be at a disadvantage in locating a reputable breeder who is within driving distance of your home. You should not feel limited to this option - but you should use caution when speaking with people you cannot visit personally.
Before internet use grew to be an everyday household event, puppy buyers were often limited to their local newspaper advertisements for contact numbers for finding a new pet. Now the entire county has been opened up for your search. The internet has opened to you, the buyer, a huge new group of breeders to speak with and consider.
Remember: The internet not only opens up the possibility of a bad experience it also gives you many more opportunities than ever before to find exactly what you are looking for, because it also allows for you to search the entire Nation for reputable breeders. You will now have many choices of experienced breeders to choose from instead of only whomever is limited to your geographical location.
Our advice continues to be to that you should first search your own area for good quality, reputable breeders. If you do not find someone you are comforatable with or someone who has what you are looking for - then begin a nationwide search through the internet - but always use caution!
We have personally purchased quite a few dogs and puppies from across the country that we have found on the iternet. Our experiences thus far have been extremely positive.
Good-Luck in your search! And be careful in your selection!