Just from reading most peoples posts regarding the purchasing of a new pup, seems that it pays to be very selective in the US when it comes to buying a pup. In Australia, I'd say that as long as you don't buy from a pet store or buy cheap from the local paper, you can land yourself a very well and carefully bred pup either for the show ring or else for hunting. Our Cannine Assoc. does pretty well to make sure that dogs bought with papers have had both parents sufficiently well checked for hips, elbows and eyes or any other predisposed conditions known for a breed. My 5 mo ylf was the last bitch of the litter and I only scored her 2 or 3 days after deciding that I wanted a ylf. She was advertised in a local paper, but came with proper vet and pedigree papers. Neither parents were trial or retrieving champs. You might think that I have been lucky, but I am extremely pleased with how she is travelling so far. (Touch Wood!) I also have within the lab club several good contacts for future potential breeding, based on trials etc.