Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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If you are new to the breed, I'd be wary of anyone who is offering to sell you a puppy straight out (without co-ownership). That's highly unusual and would raise a red flag.
No matter what you decide, definitely make sure you have several mentors - as you learn different things from different people. Since you are considering the chocolate arena, make sure you also find a mentor that knows a lot about chocolates (according to their peers - not just based on their word).
By the way, a dog earning their championship isn't necessarily breeding quality. A championship should just be the start... then, health testing, and more evaluations to come with time.