Exactly what is the pick of the litter? Most people imply that it is the best puppy. Best for whom? Best for what? There are dogs better suited for particular things, but that would depend on who the dog is going to. and what their needs are.
Some people think they need to see the entire litter of pups in order to pick out a good dog, we have found this is a misconception. In any one litter, the majority of the pups are comparable. In each litter there is usually a highly energetic dog, a more reserved dog, and the rest fall in between. The term pick of the litter is a common phrase among people, we would be wise to eliminate it from our vocabulary.
We have seen the last pup go to its new home and turn out to be the very best in the litter, and we have seen what we thought to be the best pup turn out to be just another good dog.
The term runt refers to a sickly and abnormally undersized puppy. Few litters have a true runt. Within two years the litter mates ( given proper care ) are within pounds of each other. Based on logic alone there is always going to be the largest pup in the litter and the smallest, yet this changes as the puppies grow into adults. Our dogs are very consistent. The females will be in the 75 pound range, the males in the 95 pound range.
So how should you pick your puppy?
Put away the book that tells you how to pick a puppy
Put aside the notion that bigger is better
Really look at the litter
Notice puppies that are trying to get your attention ( there is something to be said for chemistry )
Listen to your breeder when he tells you about specific personalities