Ok, I am going to stick my neck out and look like an idiot but I am going to ask the question at least someone else is also thinking. Everyone is always posting saying "search the bloodline, check for health problems, check for longevity". I want to do all this---but HOW exactly do I go about doing that? Pardon me for being suspicious but there is no guarantee that the breeder is going to be honest with you. Breeder references are inheritantly biased. Even forums like this one attracts certain types of dog owners and may not be representative of the whole. I am looking at working dogs of european bloodlines and would love to know how to do this. Spending 2-3 thousand on a dog on my budget is a serious investment and I want to do it right.