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I have some concerns about the breeder you mentioned, just judging from his website—I don't know him and haven't seen his dogs—but…
1. He appears to have a LOT of dogs and is doing a lot of breeding. I question whether he can properly socialize them when he has several litters on the ground at once. I would want to know how the dogs are raised—are they basically "kennel" dogs? What specifically is he doing to "socialize" the puppies?
2. He mentions that you can pick the puppy you want. Reputable breeders try to match their puppies' temperaments to a specific buyer. Different buyers and households have different needs, and a dog that thrives in one environment won't necessarily do well in another. The breeder should have the best idea of the temperament of each puppy he is producing—aside from things like color and sex, he is the one best qualified to match each puppy to a prospective owner.
3. I don't see any evidence of testing other than his statement that the dogs are genetically tested for health problems. He should not be relying on genetic testing to determine whether his breeding stock is healthy. DCM, for example, appears to have multiple genes that interact to produce the disease. There are currently NO genetic tests that will determine whether your dog will develop DCM.
There are tests for two genes that seem to be implicated in the disease, but they are not the entire picture, because a dog can be positive for the genes and never develop DCM, and he can be negative and develop it. We simply don't know enough about the genetics of the disease to pinpoint how it is passed down and what dog will develop it. He should be doing testing on the actual breeding pair—both a 24 hour holter and an echocardiogram, done within the year previous to the breeding.
Most health conditions don't have specific genetic tests; the breeder should be doing actual testing on the breeding pair and also looking at his bloodlines to determine whether there in increased incidence of things like liver disease, cancer, heart problems, sudden deaths…but I don't see anything on his website which indicates that he is doing much more than simple genetic testing.
4. 26th in line for a puppy? You shouldn't have to put down a deposit simply to be on a waiting list. Most breeders don't take deposits until a particular litter is born; they have no idea how many puppies they will have available, for one thing. If he is producing enough puppies that he feels will have a puppy for you even within the next year (again, 26th in line for a specific gender?), he is likely to be breeding too much—too many litters on the ground at once.
Last edited by melbrod; 09-03-2020 at 12:37 PM.