I agree with all you've said - but I did want to point out that (as I discovered) even a 'registered' breeder does not mean the person is not running a puppy farm.
My now deceased female pug came from a registered breeder and the conditions she endured were horrific. She was bred and bred and bred until she could bare no more pups and then she was shipped off free to good home to die. It's only that we were willing to invest a couple of thousand in Vet bills that she lived another 10 or so years with us.
My now deceased male pug was also from a (different) registered breeder and he was reared the way I'd like to imagine all registered breeders raise their pups. He was much loved, had been showed and studded, and then his breeders vetted potential families so he could have one of his own.
I guess my message is not all registered breeders are equal - so check out the breeder as well as the sire, dam and pups!
That is a great point too Puggie. Both my cats have come from registered breeders who regularly showed their cats. To me that shows passion and dedication for the breed. And we keep in contact with one of the cats breeders regularly.