Does this sound appropriate?
About 9 months ago I put down a deposit for a GSD puppy with what I thought was reputable breeder after doing a little research. They seem concerned about the right things--hips, genetics, temperament. They sent a long questionnaire to be filled out about our family. And they seemed to be charging about middle of the road of the market prices I found.
My family's only request was a male pup, color didn't matter. And of course we want an appropriate animal for a young growing family.
The first litter was whelped, and we were told we wouldn't be getting a puppy from that litter due to the number of people on the waiting list. Understandable!
I was just as excited for the next litter to be whelped a couple weeks later, but we were told it was a small litter with only 1 male and 3 females so again, we wouldn't be getting a puppy. Again, understandable.
Then we were offered a female pup from the next litter, which we turned down, because we really want a male, and I wasn't overly keen on the size and face structure of the breeding female.
Then we were told the next litter was stillborn.
Then we were told the next pregnant female had had a "false pregnancy".
Now we've been told that the original female from the very first litter we were interested in is again pregnant, but haven't been given a whelp date.
My concern is that there has been a huge lack of communication throughout this experience, with me having to initiate nearly every exchange. I guess I thought they would send out periodic updates. They have also stopped updating their website with upcoming litters.
My biggest concern is actually getting a puppy, the RIGHT puppy for my family. I'm not keen on losing my deposit, but is it time to seek out a different breeder? Or am I overreacting?