The bold one always stays with the breeder! lol
I am not a fan of the 'first pick' type situation, because it makes me think the breeder is more concerned about sales than proper matching. So does this breeder screen potential owners or even know what they want to do with the puppy if they are just letting the first buyer with a check that clears pick the puppy according to the date of the deposit?
I've picked two of my pups(farmer had a litter of GSD's~we were the first to reply to the newspaper ad in the '80's and another was a litter from a rescue) They were both great dogs...but I had no intention of competing with them.
For a pup I'd want to do sportwork with, I'd much rather have breeder input.
Onyx was the last female the breeder had available, she wasn't letting her go to just any home because of her dominant personality. Breeder didn't let the owners choose, steered them to the best pup for their home. Onyx would have been failed, I think if she wasn't placed with a committed owner.