Buying a puppy in Lancaster County Pa, that's puppy mill central. Many Amish farmers raise and sell litters of puppies....they don't care one bit about temperament or health, the dogs are nothing more than a cash crop.
There are always risks when buying a puppy because even the best bred pup can have problems, but at least when the parents have health clearances and their temperaments are tested you are giving yourself a better chance! That said, my first dog was a siberian husky from a Missouri puppy mill who lived a very healthy 14 years, so you just never know.
--Regina and the GSDs:
UCDX von Sontausen Holy Grail (The BUNNY!) HGH, UD,RA,BN,GN, ASCA UD RAX High in Trial
PAM Monster Mike SchH2,UDX,OM1,TD,RE,VER
PAM FGDCh Ianna von Sontausen UDX,BH,TD,RE,PT (4.26.1998 - 2.11.2013)