I want to get another dog. It will be a purebred. I want to “know” what I’m getting as far as size, weight, likely temperament and energy level. It will be a puppy because I don’t want to deal with the “problems” most adult dogs come with. Yes, older dogs can be great. But too many times they’re untrained, under socialized, or have “emotional” issues (i.e. separation anxiety), if not all three. This leads to my rant...”good” breeders. Why, oh why, do they sell their pups while they are little more than squishy caterpillars? I can’t understand how someone would buy a pup like that. You can’t tell much more than size about that pup. How do you know what temperament it has? Yes, breeders try to breed for such things, but even so there are ranges within that sought for “good” temperament. And energy level? I can’t even begin to see how you can judge for that in a pup that’s less than 4 weeks. For gosh sake, even personality hasn’t really shown up. So, pretty much, you’re buying a puppy, a lifetime friend/companion/family member on looks and gender. It blows my mind. Most breeders want a non refundable deposit on a puppy at the very least, and even if you pay extra for pick of the litter, you have to choose your pup within a couple of days. I’ve never chosen a dog purely on looks. I need to handle the pup, test it’s temperament, just get to “see” how the pup interacts and reacts to stuff. And you can’t do any of that with a blind, deaf, helpless squishy caterpillar of a puppy. If all I wanted was an “unknown”, I would go with any old pup. I don’t want that....I want to know “exactly” what I’m getting. I’m at the end of my rope here. I’m almost tempted to just find anyone who has the breed I want that will give me the ability of choosing a pup by something other than just looks and gender. Rant over.