Do you remember what they're like?
Great article from Victoria Stillwell's (itsmeorthedog) team.
The article goes on to suggest what you need to do to maximise the good stuff and minimise the bad...Making the transition from two perfect old calm dogs to a Tasmanian devil of a puppy is not easy. I found myself saying what I hear owners say to me all the time, “but my old dog never did that”.
Yes, I am sure he did, and we have forgotten!
A few words about puppies. They do not come pre-programmed. They do not know that we have a certain set of human rules that we expect them to live by. It takes an amazing amount of time and patience to teach puppies what it is we want and most of us are in short supply of both.
For more info on health issues by breed, there is also this site based on USA data mostly.Research rescue groups or breeders in your area. Do not rely on internet sites with cute pictures of puppies. Many of these sites are just glorified puppy mills.
Know where your puppy comes from. If you buy from a breeder, meet them on their property and you should be able to meet the mother.
Research health issues for your breed and know what health guarantees the breeder offers. For information on health issues by breed, see The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals: Orthopedic Foundation for Animals
LIDA Dogs - LIDA Dogs - Faculty of Veterinary Science - The University of Sydney
If you choose a cross breed - check there's no overlap of genetic problems or if there is - check the breeder has excluded them as best they can. Get that promise in writing.