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I am not in your area, so can't help you with that part. But I WILL tell you that most people who are serious about getting a puppy from a reputable breeder nee to be willing to either travel further, or get on a waiting list for a future litter. If you happen to find an excellent breeder nearby that ALSO has pups available in the head future, it's more luck than planning.
I am in MA, and my breeder is in NC. I was very lucky that I got bumped to the top of the waiting list, because everyone else wanted girls, and they happened to have a litter of 5 boys. (I didn't care) but otherwise, people often wait on a waiting list for a long time for a puppy from my breeder. That's not AT ALL uncommon for the better breeders.
I did a lot of work sorting through breeder ahead of time, and mine came highly recommended from a number of sources. Still, when I went to pick Kodi up, I PROMISED myself that I would not bring a puppy home if it wasn't the right puppy or if I didn't like what I saw at the breeders. (it seemed unlikely, because they had been WONDERFUL keeping me updated on his progress, lot of photos, not only of him, but the whole liter playing, socializing, exploring different surfaces and play equipment, litter box training…) So yes, there was still a small risk that I could have gotten down there and NOT brought a puppy home. But instead, it was a wonderful experience, I've become good friends with Kodi's breeder and would get another puppy from them in a heartbeat.
So I guess what I'm saying, is if you want a good puppy, don't box yourself in too much. Be willing to explore options, both in terms of distance and in terms of waiting for the right breeder to have a puppy available for you!
Karen, Kodi, Pixel and Panda
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