The condo and working 8-9 hours a day would not stop me from selling them a pup. But something else might, like telling me their last 7 dogs were stupid, or telling me they have 13 dogs and they all run together. Why I do not want to sell someone a dog is not always evident, even to me. But the two times that I went against my gut and sold pups to people I thought I shouldn't, I was right and got those dogs back.
I reserve the right to NOT sell a dog to anyone for any reason or no reason. This is why I don't like taking deposits. If I take a deposit and then meet the people and decide they are not people I want to sell a dog to, then I might be kind of legally bound to sell the pup. I don't like that idea at all.
I mean, most people who put down a deposit on a puppy give you that money months or maybe even a year early so that they have a pup reserved out of a litter. If you turn around and sell the pup out from under them, and then offer them their money back, they will be ticked and will go away unhappy, but that will be the end of it. But pick the wrong person to do that too, and they may just take you to court over it. I am thinking about dogs from the top show lines that are currently winning in the ring. They may have a case too.
I have to feel I am doing the right thing by my puppies, and that means turning some people down. I don't have red flags and I don't make people fill out a questionaire, but I plan to spend a good long time on the phone with them, and have questions that are aimed just to get or keep the person talking about their dogs. Anyone can download a form and fill it out with what they think a breeder wants to hear. But when people are talking with you, you can give them enough rope and they will hang themselves.
Usually by the time I meet them in person, and watch them with the puppies, I have already given them a clean bill of health and it usually works out just fine. Usually.
Jenna, RN CGC & Babs, CD RA CGC HIC
Heidi, RA CGC
SG3 Odessa, SchH1, Kkl1, AD
Ninja, RN CGC & Milla, RN CGC
Joy, Star Puppy, RN CGC
Dolly CGC & Bear CGC