I need some suggestions from those of you with experience... Sorry for the length of the post. I wanted to ask 4 questions pertaining to the same topic so I figured it best to ask them all together.
The litter I whelped 3 weeks ago is sired by my friend Mark's dog. He's getting pick of the litter. Prior to breeding he said he wanted a yellow male, if there were any, because he wanted a pup the reminded him of his current dog. He came by Sunday to see the pups for the first time and said he's not so sure he wants a yellow male afterall. He wants to visit the litter multiple times before choosing (or being chosen by) the right pup. I agree this would be wise and want to give him the appropriate amount of time to decide.
1) What's the appropriate amount of time??
I'm keeping track of what color / sex other buyers prefer but have been careful to tell them he has not yet picked so the numbers in the litter may not actually be what's available when they get their turn to pick. The first few were easy because they either wanted a yellow male of which there is 3 or had no real preferrence stating they would know the right one when they saw it. The last two have been difficult; they both want black female. I only have 2 in the litter and should Mark choose a black female one or the other (or both should one of the undecided buyers also choose a black female) of these buyers will end up with something else.
2) How do y'all handle this situation?
One person has asked if I will refund their deposit if their desired color / sex is not available when it comes their turn. I'm on the fence because while I want everyone to be happy with their new puppy, I don't want to try to sell a pup last minute either.
3) Thoughts on this?
Lastly, I'm encouraging people to come by after the puppies have had their shots at 6 weeks, but before they are ready to go home, in hopes they will solidify their pick long before the pickup date.
4) What do you do it the pickup date rolls around and buyer #3 hasn't made a pick yet? How long do you allow them to hold up the process, preventing other buyers from picking up their puppies?
Thanks in advance!