I have lots of time to research before putting my name on a waiting list for a puppy but have begun my initial breeder search in hopes to learn some names and get feedback before heading out to some shows this year to speak to many face to face. So far I've really only browsed harl and a few black/blue breeders since they produce the colors I'm most interested in. I've gone through the list on the GDCA website for starters but would really like other's opinion or even suggestions of breeders. If breeder names/suggestions aren't allowed here please feel free to PM me.
Also, when I go to shows how/when should I approach a breeder? I've had very experienced breeder (who I would love to have a puppy from she is just too far and I am too much of a newbie to not have my breeder close, not to mention I want to keep a pretty good relationship with my breeder) tell me some exhibitors may not mind the extra hand and are happy to talk to people if they have a second, while others don't like to be bothered? So many suggest that this is a great way to see the dogs in person, strutting their stuff and even see their personality that I would really like to see breeders at show but am not sure about how I should do so.