A little initial research now will save you heartache later. Before you decide on the breed for you, visit a dog show, where you can see the dogs in action and meet the breeders.
Will this dog interact well with children? What about other pets you may already have? Do you have the energy to keep up with an active puppy, or would an older dog of a less active breed be more suitable? Do you have a fenced yard, or can you take your dog for a walk several times a day? Some breeds are outgoing and eager to please, while other are aloof and independent. Consider your preferences before you make your decision!
If you have a life circumstance problem and feel that you can no longer keep your dog, ask for help! Consult your breeder or a local rescue group. Call DOGS toll-free help line for advice. 1-866-972-8373.