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I understand your hesitation and concern. That said, I would strongly urge you to go with the best breeder you can find whether or not you pay more upfront for the puppy. Three reasons: (1) You're risking getting into a "pay now or pay later" situation -- it's possible that the breeder who doesn't belong to the various clubs/doesn't do all the things the more expensive does may have perfectly fine puppies, but do you want to take that chance and risk years of more vet bills, (2) going with the breeder who belongs to the clubs/participates/tests means you're supporting their efforts, which is a good thing for tfuture of this breed, and (3) most importantly, you're going to love whatever puppy you get; it's worth more $$ now to do everything you can to minimize the chances that you'll experience the heartache that comes with a puppy with health or behavioral problems. Think of it like this: what else will you pay that amount of $$ for that will enrich your life for (hopefully) the next 13-15 years?? Best of luck!