First Time Owners
So my long-term boyfriend and I are moving in together this summer after I finish up the school year here (a town 2 hours away from my hometown, and where he lives). I'll be moving back once school finishes in May, and we'll be getting an apartment together. Since we're both avid animal people, we want to get a furry companion. We've thought about cats (don't get me wrong, I love them dearly), but we're looking into the dog area. We've already decided which breed to get, a Vizsla.
I am pretty familiar with this breed and he has had plenty of contact with them in the past. We've done the research, and know that they're an extremely active breed and need lots of attention, and are very much "velcro" dogs. We love all of those aspects, and intend to give it plenty of exercise, love, and attention. We're both very active people and the thought of going on daily runs, hikes, trips to the park, etc, don't frighten us off. We look at it as a bonding experience that benefits everyone.
It'll get the proper training it needs, as we'll take it to training classes and since we've both had numerous dogs in our lives, we know about raising dogs. Money won't be the issue since both of us are financially stable, so vet bills and care costs will be taken care of.
I'm just afraid that because of our age (I'm 19, he's 20) and our situation (he works, I work and am in school), a breeder will cross us off. We're fully capable of giving everything the dog needs, and more, but I'm afraid that since we're so young that a breeder will see us as irresponsible or a risk that they don't want to put their puppy in. There's no reason for them to be wary, one of us will always be home, and if not, my family lives close by on 5-acre land, so the dog will always have someone to take care of it.
We got in contact with an excellent breeder and have decided to meet with her. We're both very excited, and a bit nervous, since it's our first time encountering a breeder. Anything we should watch out for, anything in particular? I've already asked her all the necessary questions - how are the puppies socialized, where are they kept, what will they be fed, are they vaccinated and dewormed, are the parents certified, how often do you breed, etc, etc. Is there any other questions I should ask her when I visit? Any advice on how to not be nervous with the first meeting? Thanks!