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I would think it would be hard to judge without seeing it for ourselves. What some people consider perfectly acceptable, no doubt would not be to others and vice versa. If you are uncomfortable with the situation you observed, then it would probably be wise to look elsewhere. However, if you are totally satisfied with every other aspect of the situation – if you think her dogs are being well cared for and socialized, if they are clean and appear healthy, the fact that you would be able to visit again, the breeder is well regarded and knowledgeable, health tests, shows, etc – I would certainly give her the benefit of the doubt, especially after just one visit, unless the cleanliness issue is just totally unacceptable or unhealthy. Is she open to contact and available for questions after the puppy goes home? Do you know anyone else who has gotten a puppy from her that you could talk with? Is it possible the weather had been rainy and the older dogs messed up the floors going in and out? What is her flooring like? Possibly, as Suzi mentioned, her sense of smell isn’t very good? I know mine isn't as good as when I was younger. We have carpeting and I also have missed spots where 'someone' peed on it and I discovered it later. I think you just need to go with your gut.
Linda, Augie & Finn's Mom