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thanks so much for the replies and suggestions!
Cache - awww, I wish I lived closer, Zany is adorable, and I love her coloring. The dogs I suspected were not being properly socialized, I could have been wrong, just a feeling I got based on the breeder's own health, her setup, a couple things she mentioned, and the fact that there were several litters. It wasn't a big breeding kennel or anything, and the puppies from one litter, anyway, seemed quite excited to meet me, but the other litter was almost aloof, and one even ran away, didn't want to be picked up. I never saw the boys, I was only looking at females. I did see the moms and they were very sweet, the puppies personalities were pretty much like their respective mothers. There were 2 I did like, but she wasn't giving me any suggestions or feedback on their personalities and temperament based on what I was looking for, like she didn't seem particularly interested in matching me with the right dog and I felt a bit on my own with that difficult choice. I may have misjudged the whole thing and passed up my perfect little companion as a result, I just don't know, but I had a lot of stressful stuff going on when I was trying to choose and I think that got in the way, also. The timing was just not great.
I will check out those temperament tests, thank you.
I'm waiting to her back from one other local breeder and a friend of hers who is also a breeder, apparently all the puppies are at one location, and they have both been breeding and showing Havs for 20-30 years, but it sounds like she doesn't do all the recommended health tests on ALL the dogs, since she says she knows her bloodlines very well and doesn't need to, only breeds for show quality but will sell on a pet contract. I know I should be worried about that, but she has a really good reputation from what I've been able to find, so maybe she knows what she's talking about. She says none of her dogs have ever shown up with these issues because of careful breeding over the years. Like the grandparents of the pup I would get would have been tested, but not the direct parents. Something like that.
Lots to think about. And I feel very weird posting this in a public forum because while I haven't mentioned any names, I hope none of the breeders I've talked to would be weirded out that I'm discussing them here. I'm just trying to make the right decision!