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As linebreeding goes, that doesn't sound that close. The breeding that most, who study linebreeding, want to do is the Sire of the Sire is also the Grandsire of the Dam. The one you are talking about is not even that close. It's a very complicated study. A breeder can lock in good things, if it's known that only good things are in there. But obviously, it can work the other way too. All purebreds are based at some point off of either linebreeding or inbreeding. It can be a good thing. It can be a bad thing.
It's generally recommended to keep the COI (co-eficient of inbreeding) below 15%.
There is no standard on deposits. Actually, a "non-refundable" deposit is not legal (state law, not federal law-so it probably varies by state), but can be very hard to get your money back. With the demand for these puppies, I don't understand why some breeders, unless they are producing a LOT of puppies, even bother with deposits. In most litters we have, someone has to drop off the list of people in line to get one for one reason or another, but there's always someone else waiting. Having to give a deposit back is just extra trouble for nothing.