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I just read this question, and I read your other question about full vs limited registration.
In all honesty, it sounds like the breeder did the right thing by selling her to you under limited registration and by requiring a spay contract. On one hand, you are saying she might "surprise us all" so you would like to hold off getting her spayed. But on the other hand, you are concerned because she has issues with her skin, and because she may be on the small side.
If you do get her spayed, you can still do many things with her in the show ring. Just not conformation.
And I'm going to say something really controversial here, that will probably hurt your feelings. So I will apologize in advance, not just to you, but to everyone who I offend...
If you want to start breeding dogs, Maddie is not the dog to start with. She is your first purebred dog, and starting a good breeding program takes TIME. You need knowledge of many, many things. I would suggest getting her spayed like your contract states, traning her for the show ring, and start attending dog shows. Start meeting breeders, handlers, and other knowledgable people in the industry. Then, in another year or two, you can work with a reputable breeder (who you will know from your time in the show ring). They will sell you PART ownership of a show-quality dog and the spay contract will look MUCH different from the one you have with Maddie.
In all honesty, although I have not seen the contract, nothing about it sounds "fishy" to me. Well, them asking for more money for full registration does - that would scare me a bit. But the actual contract requiring Maddie to be spayed by February and limiting registration, that is normal. The vast majority of dogs coming from responsible breeders are sold this way.
I know it sounds fun and interesting to show Maddie, and I'm sure you will both have a great time. But your first purebred dog should not be the stock for a breeding program.
Again, just my opinion, and I'm sorry if I've hurt your feelings or offended anyone. But I will stand firmly behind that belief!