In answer to the thread you are doing the right things. Asking around about a breeder. Ask the breeder for references. I breed field style Golden's and I can always give references to potential clients. It all depends on what type of dog they are looking for. Make sure the breeder has a minimum of 24 month health guarantee. Ask about the health certifications that the dame and sire have. You should be able to go onto a web site called k-9 data and see the lineage of both parents. That will give you a lot of answers to health of the line he is breeding, titles on dogs, longevity of his dogs. If you have more questions PM me and I wouldlove to talk on the phone and give you more info and advice. Good luck.