Hello all, I have a gorgeous 7yr old Springer and want to get another so we've approached her breeder, who is a plane flight away, about a pup. I'm getting a little nervous though. Our reasoning for getting the pup now was that the older dog won't be too old to tolerate a pup and that the pup can learn by watching the older dog. We are not going to be able to choose the puppy, but that said, we weren't able to choose the 7yr old either; the breeder chose for us and that worked out beautifully.
What I want to know is how best to ensure that this situation works for all concerned. What information do I need to give the breeder? Do I tell her anything about the 7yr old's personality or do I just leave it in her capable and experienced hands?
I fully understand that many of you will say "you have to go and choose the puppy and take your dog...". Bear in mind that if we were able to do that, we would, but it is simply not possible from this distance, so please only positive and helpful comments.