I'm not sure if you'll be able to find a local breeder, and even if you did - how would you be able to ensure that their stock is chytrid-free, anyway. . .
But don't be SO
quick to judge the chain shops. In truth, since there has been so much trouble over Chytrid - not just in frogs kept as pets, but it's wreaking havoc on wild ecosystems all over the world - the breeders and shops seem to be doing a great job in trying to keep the illness from spreading. Though it IS still a problem in petshops, lately I've seen a shift with it showing up less frequently in the larger shops, and more often in the smaller LFS. It's unfortunate, but many LFS keepers are just not as familiar with frogs as they are fish, and it seems that some of these shop owners don't really know anything about Chytrid. If you do end up getting a frog from a LFS, your BEST bet would be to AVOID one that also carries ACF - African Clawed Frogs - as these guys can be carriers for the illness, but it doesn't affect them. They are often blamed for it having become such a worldwide problem.
I can't speak for any other chains, but I have been in touch with the lead veterinarian on a corporate level for the PetSmart chain several times to get information on how they run their operations - and one of our conversations was exclusively regarding their policies and practices regarding ADF. I'm going to copy-paste it on here - you can find the original post on page 10 of this thread. . .
I'm not sure if I mentioned on here that I've tried to contact PetSmart on the corporate level regarding their practices regarding the chytrid fungus and the frogs that they sell. I thought I had reached a dead-end, but I got a call from their corporate veterinarian - Dr. Nick St.Urn.
He seems to be a very knowledgeable person, very aware of the chytrid fungus, and well versed in the condition, signs, and treatment of it, and claims to have given many lectures over the last few years on this condition and how to treat it to veterinarians and pet stores to increase awareness of this awful disease.
He says that ALL FROGS SOLD FROM PetSmart come from a single breeder. They are tested for chytrid and Salmonella at least two times BEFORE EVER REACHING THE STORE! If they test positive, the entire 'batch' is immediately treated, then tested again.
Dr. Nick says that this has been the practice since the problem first came to his attention several years ago, and at that time the frogs sold by PetSmart were, in fact, infected - according to their tests. Since then, they have taken great care to ensure that their livestock is tested multiple times, and treated if necessary before it ever reaches the store level!
First the breeder tests them, and he is being audited by PetSmart staff on a continuous basis to ensure the health of their livestock. Additionally, they test ALL of the ADFs at their testing and distribution center AGAIN before sending them off to local shops for sale. He pulled the reports for the most recent 'batch' and claims that there were NO infected frogs, and that the breeder has been doing a fantastic job keeping his stock fungus-free.
Their frogs are treated with Benzalkonium chloride - not something that I can easily lay my hands on should the need arise, I suspect. . . but he did offer me several other methods of treatment, These are very simple, actually, and I wanted to share them here, in the hopes that they can help others.
I have since been in touch with him again regarding what they do on a store-level to ensure that their ADF were disease-free, as they do carry other frogs (both aquatic and non) that could be carriers or affected with the disease. The other frogs that can be carriers are tested just as the ADF are, and the nets are dipped in a solution that will disinfect it between uses - not just of Chytrid, but other yuggies that may be present. I don't think this matters as much, since their water runs through a central system, but knowing that they're all tested makes me feel better :) I have 2 PetSmart ADFs, and they're chytrid-free :)
If you do have the misfortune of having an affected frog, there are now some options available to treat if you catch it soon enough, so it doesn't have to be a death-sentence anymore! Sorry for the book, but I can't tell you how HAPPY I am that this issue is being addressed - not just in shops, but on a global level. It still is a major problem in nature, with species being brought to extinction - I don't know HOW they'll manage to 'fix' this mess, but the GOOD news is that, as far as shops are concerned, things are looking up.