@willfrog DON’t buy a dog online. In other words don’t pay a deposit until you’ve met the breeder and know that they are the real deal. At the very least get references and speak to the references. But, it’s better if you were to visit the breeder, see the kennel, meet the dogs, and see how the puppies are going to be raised. You likely won’t be able to see the puppy because it may not be born yet, but this is a dog that you may have for the next 14 to 15 years or more. It’s a big commitment. Do your due diligence. I can’t wait for you to get one if it’s right for you!