I live in North Carolina and am wanting a companion dobe around the end of 2012 or earl 2013, this will give me time to fence in my yard and save more money, although if i found the right dog i could try and speed up the process! I have a three year old so tempermant is of the highest concern as is health (obviously). Thyroid, OFA or Penn hip, and vwd testing is great but i'd like other reassurance as well especially when it comes to cardio. Ive visited so many websites im beginng to get them confused with one another, Id like to visit the parents before i make my decision and am willing to drive to surrounding states possibly Georgia if necessary. Oh, and im most interested in a red and rust... any suggestions as to male or female being a better choice??? Any help will be wonddrful!