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I think there is an argument both ways. But my own thought is (a) I want to keep something from my litter, the best one of course *grin* Since I don't have a revolving door of litters (although it sure seems so the last year LOL) I would not want to take 10 deposits and only have 6 pups. 5 people would be disappointed....(i'm keeping one at least). 5 people that would have waited and now have to either wait longer for their pup.
I think if you have pups all the time, or regularly plan litters it is easier to take a deposit because you know if your black male isn't in the litter in May, it likely will be in the June litter. That is a whole other series of questions though, like how many litters is too many...
I think you need to look at the breeder and decide if you agree with their breeding philosophies, and if you like their dogs, and them. Some people just want to buy a dog and go on about their life, they don't want a close relationship. Some breeders demand constant interaction - such as pictures at certain times of their life, and requirements to do specific health testing.
If you were lucky enough to find someone who has a litter on the ground with pups available, and you have done your research, that shouldn't stop you ... you should consider yourself lucky :-)
Edited to add that I can think of 3 litters this year alone where lots of deposits were taken, yet only anywhere from 1 pup or no pups were born. Those people have already waited 3 or 4 months or longer....and now will have to start again.
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