So I am currently searching for the right pup and I have contacted a few breeders, telling them what I require, and also telling them that I am looking at other litters as well. I have yet to decide because either the litter is not born yet or that there are others who get first pick, or that they wait until the pups are old enough to assess their temperaments. With a few breeders the police agencies get first pick.
There's one breeder that I probably personally like the best but then again, there's probably a small chance that I will get the pup that I want because four males have already been booked by the police. The breeder is very transparent and I just really like his dogs for some reason. They also look nice and are proven workers. But of course appearance is not first priority to me, but I do want a dog that works and looks reasonably attractive to me. There's another breeder with great working dogs, but not as good looking, some look ugly to me but they are proven workers. As far as I can tell, no one has first pick on this litter. In the end I will have to pick one of them and I know who is my first choice, but then again, what chance is there that the bitch with have more than four males, and have extra males that suite what I am looking for?
The breeder I personally like more, I have been very eager to know if his bitch is pregnant and first time I contacted him the bitch was mated two weeks ago. Breeder said they should know about three or two weeks later if she's pregnant. Two weeks later and I email back, asking "hows it going can you tell if she's pregnant yet?", and the breeder says, "not quite yet, give it another 7-10 days then I should know". So I waited exactly ten days and emailed back, asking, "How's she going now, do you know yet?", while also apologizing for pestering the breeder with all the emails. The breeder replies, "Will go in for an ultrasound in two days" and said that he didn't mind my pestering and that it showed that I was really interested and has moved me to the top of the list.
I generally felt pleased about myself that the breeder didn't think it was pestering and that to him it proves that I am very keen.
It made me feel all fuzzy and warm inside anyway. What does he mean by top of this, though? Does that mean I get first pick? Or was the breeder joking, or just trying to make me feel good? Some of my friends say it's a ploy that breeders do to make customers feel good and to give them money quicker, but I don't think that that was his intention.
So to other breeders, just curious and wanting to know, what puts people on the top of your list? Is it a deposit? Or the customers eagerness? Or something else?