I have never heard of the breeders, but just want to make sure that your friend asks to see the parent dogs, their AKC papers, and their health papers and vet work to make sure they have had all their work done. If at all possible see the parent dogs (and other dogs at the facility in person) to see what conditions she keeps the dogs in because that pretty much gives an indication to whether she makes sure of health and other factors. I am wary of website advertising for dogs, simply because it is very easy for puppymills to operate through websites and ship their dogs without the person ever knowing what the parent dogs are living like and the health of the parents. Again, if possible see the parent dogs, for sure see their papers, health checks. etc
Websites can be so misleading. Why doesn't your co-worker go on visit? Does the kennel have a reference list? Will it give out the name of their vet? There also have been many threads concerning the very same topic. The weekend isn't that far away for your friend to go on a trip and meet the breeders in person and see their facility.
I like him a lot better than I like most people. To you he's a dog. TO me he's an adopted son who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and doesn't speak clearly. I have no problem with any of these. <
'One of the few breeders in the world that stands behind their dogs, supports the owners and provides a safety net for the pups for their entire lives.'
You are either really naive, or you havn't met many good breeders. None of the breeders I know have such a shmaltsy web-site, because their dogs are known by reputation, and word of mouth, and don't need to 'sell' their dogs the way these people do. Besides all the obvious shmoozing, there are 2 items on the site that are unacceptable to me, and should be a big red flag to anyone buying a puppy from this place. Look at their application form. Mine is about 2-3 pages long. The second thing that jumped out at me is that they forbid anyone to take their pups to a 24 hour emergency vet, and if they do, the gurantee is null and void. I wonder what they suggest in the case of a life threatening emergency that just happens to occur on a weekend or a holiday?
Eww. Looks puppy mill-ish to me! Cockers are so inbred anyway, so I'd be very careful just who your friend purchases one from. I personally would not trust this site. I would never buy or adopt a cocker either.