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Yes, the concern I would have is the lack of health testing on the breeding stock. ("yearly health checks" means NOTHING… That's what every responsible pet owner does, even if the dog is a neutered pet!)
Especially if you have any interest in agility, you need, first and foremost, a sound dog with good structure. With a breeder who doesn't show, you need to rely solely on the breeder's word as far as structure is concerned. Without the parents (and preferably several generations) being x-rayed after 2 years of age to make sure they have sound hips, elbows and patellas, you are taking an unnecessarily large chance that you will have a dog that you've fallen in love with, who can't participate in the sport you have chosen without worsening a pre-existing condition.
With the cost of hip, elbow and patella repairs if something goes wrong, I would never, EVER buy a dog from parents who have not been fully health tested. Regardless of the showing issue.
There are PLENTY of "pet quality" dogs produced by "show" breeders who do everything they should. I wouldn't want to encourage the breeding of dogs whose TOP potential is "pet quality".
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