i looked at lab breeders and waited a year, two breeders i had picked out had bad luck with their litters. in one only a few puppies lived (5 were born), and the other breeder the puppies were reabsorbed. i found a 3rd breeder, and her female had 9 healthy lab puppies.
Well, when I got my chihuahua I had done research for 6 months before deciding on a breeder. And then when I contacted her and put down a deposit, I had to wait 3 months for her because she was just born and was the runt of the litter so couldn't go home until 12 weeks. I would love to get another dog for Christmas, but will probably wait until next year sometime. :)
i got in touch with scouts breeder november 2001, she was to have pups september of 2002 but the breeding didn't take. so her mom was bred again in 2003 and i got her june of 2003. well worth the wait !!!!