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They have solid bloodlines behind them, are doing all the proper testing of their breeding stock, and have the right kind of health guarantee, etc.
The only thing I would want to talk to them about is them wanting the spay/neuter pups before they go to their permanent homes. Puppies usually go to their new homes at 8-12 weeks of age, and this is WAY too young to spay or neuter. Although many people are still doing spay/neuters around 6 MONTHS, current thinking is that even that might be earlier than optimal for good health. Most pet puppy contracts stipulate that the puppy must be spayed/neutered by a certain age. If the breeder is really concerned, they can withhold papers until after proof of spay/neuter, but at least in the US, "limited" papers do not allow you to show or breed a pet puppy, even if you don't spay it.
Just as, at some point, the buyer has to make a judgement call on whether they trust a breeder, I think the same is true in the other direction. If they are screening their prospective puppy buyers adequately, they should be in a pretty good position to decide if they can trust the buyer to neuter the pup as the contract stipulates. If they don't feel they can trust the buyer to do that, they shouldn't be sending a puppy home with them.
I would CERTAINLY contact this breeder, they have a lot going for them. But talk about the reasons that you feel early spay/neuter is not in the best interests of the pup, and see if you can come to an agreement. If they are close by, you definitely have the advantage that you and the breeder can get to know each other well, and hopefully establish a good, trusting, long-term relationship. But as good as they look in other respects, if you couldn't work this out, it would be a deal breaker for me.
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