Why do titles matter? I'm not planning on showing or competing. I do however want the pup to be from health tested and OFA'ed parents.
Because they show that the breeder was willing, open, and humble enough to seek the opinions of other experts, on the quality of the animals they are using to produce the next generations.
Titles? They show that the breeder was out there, looking at what else is out there, comparing, keeping up-to-date with current information available thru discussing with other breeders and competitors. The social pressure to keep current with all available health testing is beneficial to the breed, and to that breeder's dogs.
They show that the breeder wanted to know if their dog had what it takes, to hold up to change, to athletic challenges, to mental challenges, to training, to handling themselves with calm demeanor in a crowd of both two-and-fourleggeds.
In short, that's exactly
the type of dog that makes the best, most enjoyable pet, for someone who wants "just a companion."
There are puppies out of nearly every litter from titled parents, that are placed as "just a companion."
Good luck in your search, and ask to be shown "the walk," don't accept just "the talk."