Well, I found out some more info. First, and least important, she does look just like what we were looking for, a fawn, with a black muzzle. Like I said before, I was sure it would not be a top line breed. It is CKC registered, and they purchased her for $400. So yes, it is a BYB dog. So far, no health issues. She is actually going to be 4 very soon, so older than my friend had first thought. As far as they say, the only reason they are looking for a new home, is because they just don't have the amount of time the dog needs. They have a 6 and 3 year old and just had another child. So "hopefully", it should be good with my 3 year old. Here is the big problem, they live in Alabama, and we live in Ohio. They are coming to visit relatives, so if we decided to take the dog, there is no turning back, besides looking for someone else to give it a good home, if it didn't work out for us.
We REALLY want a puppy, and have read ALOT, and know the required time and effort, but we are also not rich, and being able to set aside the $950 that I would spend on a pup, and keep it for the well being of the adult dog would be VERY nice as well. sigh... We have read that females become more reserved when they get older. My older some really want to be able to play around with the dog, and we want an affection seeking dog. While we had our minpin, she loved to cuddle and all, but she would "have enough" and just go lay off on her own. I actually like the idea of what I have read about Boxers, following you to every room, and always wanting to be in your lap. Do older females lose this a little more than males?
Oh, here are some pics of her. I am not overly concerned about pure top line breed, I just want a really healthy dog. I would hate to get attached to her, then find out she is more prone to cancer or such in just a few years.