Please consider the following:
1. Are you at a point in your life where you can commit up to 15+ years with a new pet?
This is a lifetime commitment.
2. Have you done breed research? Do you know what type of dog will be compatible with your lifestyle?
3. Are you willing to train your dog, exercise, and socialize it?
4. Can you afford all of the accompanying expenses such as: annual medical care, emergency medical care, food, supplies, boarding, etc?
5. Does your current living situation allow pets? Will you be moving in the future?
6. Can your family situation accommodate a pet? Will you be expanding your family in the future?