Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Lake Gaston, N.C.
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Some breeders will try to lock you in with a deposit for future litters. It's always interesting to me that these breeders most of the time have puppies available now. We don't like to take deposits since, like Becky was talking about, quite often something will come up with a family and things change.
We wouldn't even breed one if we didn't have people wanting puppies on the list. Sometimes one will have very specific things wanted like a light, small, lap dog, female. We had one lady who was on our list for this for over two years, but she ended up getting exactly what she wanted.
We rarely have puppies available now, except in certain unusual circumstances -like most of the people on the list want girls, and we have all boys. Or once a puppy had three families in a row for one puppy have things that came up, and they needed to postpone. That puppy ended up with an ideal family for him on VERY short notice. Another reason we don't like taking deposits is that it always seems to work out best for the pup.
We had 9 people on the list recently and Belle had 2 boys, of which we are probably keeping one. Most of these people wanted to stay on our list for the next litters, so the wait continues for those that specifically just want our dogs.
The way our list works is that Pam takes down what you want, once you are an approved family for us. When puppies are born, she notifies you with what we had, but no decisions are made until after the puppies' individual temperaments come out. First names on the list get first choice, but we won't place a puppy in a home where it's not a great fit. In other words, if you are looking for a dog to do Therapy, we won't sell you the opposite personality just because we don't have one who would be great for Therapy.
This will always vary with any breeder you run into. I'd be wary of one who wants to lock you in quickly to them.