Talk to the breed referrals. Cheri Stager at Fort Detroit is awesome - I spoke with her prior to finding my Bertie. I especially described to her what I wanted and the breeder of course filled in the rest of the blanks by helping me pick my pup.
You can also go to the Novi show (early January) to visit with the breeders who may be there and talk a little to them.
Cobo is another option - though I haven't gone in years due to them hiking the prices up and it's miserable driving all the way to Detroit anyway.
Cathy Gaca (Bear Creek) may be planning a litter? I always thought she was very nice and approachable, especially if you are new to the breed. Remember to ASK questions and thoroughly describe your expectations.
I was at the vet a couple days ago with both my guys (final round of shots for Bertie, Jacks was along for the ride), and was waiting to be called back. The nice thing about the vet is that it is very active with people coming in to get routine stuff done with their pets and they were all coming up to fuss over the pup.
One woman especially came up with her 4 year old son (there was a twin at home) to visit. They were cat people, but her husband has been talking about getting a dog for a long time. She was thinking about waiting for her twins to get a little older so they could help out a bit more. I emphatically agreed with this and told her that otherwise, she would probably go nuts with two 4 year olds running amuck with the dog.
She looked at my dogs and repeatedly said that she wanted one as "Calm" as them. She liked how my guys were just sitting or laying down or visiting politely (all feet on the floor, no butt sniffing).
I had to set the record straight immediately - told her how I had waited for my older golden to get his obedience title and mature fully (happens around 4 or 5) before bringing a puppy home. And I told her about how the puppy who was making like a bear rug on the vet floor was constant garbage-eating, chair-leg chewing, wall scratching motion when not taking his ten minute naps.