the 2nd thing that struck me it most good well established breeders will not let you "pick" a puppy from a litter but after temperament testing the pups at roughly 6 weeks of age, they will match the puppy to the buyer/family since they will know the true personality of the puppies. There is no way for a buyer to tell the personality of a puppy meeting it once or twice as one you think is calm and easy going may just have been running full blast for the past 2 or 3 hours and is wiped out.
Gotta say this isn't always the case.
Um... I gave a dear long time friend of mine 3 different leads for breeders who either had puppies on the ground or due any day. All three breeders were show breeders with both parents and every dog behind AKC champions. All three breeders were going to let my friend pick her puppy. My friend ended up picking a puppy from a litter where she has 3rd pick girlie. This means that after both breeders (mom was a co-own between 2 breeders) take their pick, my friend has the first pet/performance pick after them. She will definitely have guidance for her pick, but it's her choice.
I don't know if this was my speaking for this friend and recommending her as an excellent home, but she will also have the ability to show her pup in conformation if she likes. Should mention, a 9th pick from this breeder is going to be much better quality than a different breeder's first pick. It's just a very nice litter and a lot of "typiness" in the lines.
That said, this friend is spending $2200 on this girl puppy. That's not extra for anything. That's standard price for a puppy.
If somebody is buying a puppy for more than 1/2 that price - sometimes there's a reason.
Looking at the pictures and reading between the lines - would wager these pups do not have full clearances behind them nor titles on the parents.
White markings on the heads - it's nothing necessarily to worry about. One of my past boys (the show/field cross boy) had a little white mark on his head - and it was gone by the time his puppy fur blew.
Even white markings on the heads and maybe a touch on the chest or one toe or something - it's not a concern.
Show breeders do not typically breed dogs if they have any markings. Because it's a big nono in the ring. This means they have less a chance of producing pups with markings.
Field and pet breeders have no reason to worry about markings - and they will breed dogs with pretty blatant white marks on their chests, typically.
I think it's only concerning when you have pups who have markings in the all the places that are typical for other breeds (spaniels, hounds, etc). So blaze on the nose, white on chest, white feet, white tail tip...
The pups are all adorable.
It's difficult to say anything one way or another about the mom because she's scrunched in that cart and looks frazzled - but she looks like a golden retriever. I'm suspecting she's younger than 24 months, but....
Dad is mia - but really, I see no reason to assume the pups are mixed breeds.
You are paying only $1000 for a pup.... I think higher quality, more typiness, etc... you do need to pay more than that. It goes along with wanting the whole package (full clearances, titles, well established and reputable breeders, etc), especially since people buy puppies only once every 12-15 years.
Anyway - for $1000. These pups look like golden retrievers. Maybe some things are off here or there. Whatever. It is what it is.
ETA - I read the original post after posting this. I do hope this is a good breeder and my assumptions are all wrong. If it's a good breeder who has done full OFA's and had been very careful picking what they breed - you should be good.