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To add to what Cmward posted, I fully understand and support breeders wanting to have a say in which puppies go to which homes. The first priority of any good breeder should be to pair the right puppy with the right breeder. Personally, I would not do business with a breeder who required a non-refundable deposit. The best breeders I kno have waiting lists. If you don't want a particular puppy, they have someone else in line who does. So they way I look at it is, the breeder and I should work together to make sure I get the puppy best suited to me. But I always have "veto power", in that if I DON'T think a particular puppy will work for me, I can always pass on that puppy and wait for another, either from that breeder or someone else. I think many people are in too much of a hurry to get a pupoy NOW, rather than wait for the "right" puppy.
And it is also true that with the best efforts of the breeder, personalities DO change as the puppy grows. In part due to just who that puppy is, and in part due to the life experiences that puppy has after leaving the breeder. If you make the decision yourself, you can be mistaken, just as the breeder can be. Thta is what happens with living creatures. The best we can do is take all the information available, and make our decision, yea or nay, whether we want to bring a particular puppy into our homes. It is unreasonable to expect that the breeder should let the buyer (usually, though not always, a less experienced dog person) make that decision on their own. It is also unreasonable for the breeder to expect a buyer to HAVE to take the only puppy left in the litter or lose their deposit. That's not fair either. So just don't do business with people who insist on non-refundable deposits. There are plenty of top breeders who don't.
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