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I think it would be very difficult to make a choice at 3 weeks. You could see differences in colour and size, but little more.
Because I knew the breeder, I did see the litter our pup comes from at 3 weeks, and choice was easy as there were only three bitches in the litter, one large pale coloured pup, and two similar sized pups - one of which was a bit darker shaded gold than the other. I said I would like to see them again later to choose, but I thought to myself that I liked the look of the smaller darker pup. The breeder very kindly said I could have first choice anyway and I went back at nearly 6 weeks of age to choose. We pick her up on Saturday, when she is 8 weeks and I expect she will look different again.
The important things are to ensure that the health checks are done, the parents are good stock and are what you would like your own dog to be. The breeder should be knowledgible and ethical - you must trust he/him - and the pups should look healthy (well fed, wormed, etc) and be in a clean environment (in a home in preference to a kennel). The pup should also be purchased subject to a vet check. You should not expect to take your pup home until it is 8 weeks old.