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Virginia, I agree with what Amanda said. I think a confident dog helps to make a good therapy pet. They should also be patient and friendly. They are constantly exposed to people of all ages, unusual ennvironments, and new experiences. Your breeder should help you choose the right pup with the best temperament for therapy work. However, its up to you to really emphasize socialization as soon as you get your pup. Go for obedience classes, take your dog frequently to busy places where there are people and distractions, and encourage strangers and children to meet and pet your dog. I did obedience and agility with Maddie first, and I have to say it really enhanced her confidence, although she's always been a confident dog.
As Tom said, concentrate on temperament, not on color or sex of a pup. A really good breeder should be a great help in selecting the best puppy for you.
Jeanne (Mom to Maddie)