The choice of a dog is a responsible event, because it depends on your decision who will live side by side with you for ten to fifteen years. Will your friend be a tough guard, a loyal companion, or a darling loved by family members? Everything depends on you.
Size matters. Decide whether you want a big or small dog. Do you live in a small apartment or have your own home? It is also worth considering who will usually walk the dog. A teenager or fragile woman may not be able to cope with a Great Dane or Caucasian Shepherd Dog.
Read about the characters of the dog breeds you like. Usually a person chooses a dog with the same character as his: calm and balanced take independent chow-chow; for people who want to take care of someone and receive love in return, retrievers and setters are suitable; for a cheerful and active dog, there is nothing better than a dog that requires long walks in the fresh air - these are many hunting breeds.
However, the dog can help you correct the imperfections if you wish. If you are a melancholic person who has a hard time getting along with people, get a mischievous terrier who will teach you how to enjoy life and make you communicate with other dog people. A dachshund or a Dalmatian will suit a stay-at-home, who will take him out for walks.
Some breeds are easy to train, while others you will never achieve perfect obedience. If you want the animal to obey even the movement of your eyebrows, take a German shepherd, boxer, labrador. If you are interested in gaining the trust of a dog, raising an interesting, albeit not always obedient, personality, pay attention to the Central Asian Shepherd Dogs, Schnauzers.
Determine the desired gender for your future dog. Males are often more prone to dominance (however, girls who tend to consider themselves leaders are also found), but females are in heat once every six months. Decide what is less of a problem for you.
So, you've decided what you want, and finally you've come to the breeder. If this is your first dog, beware of taking on the largest and most active puppy - he is clearly used to being dominated. You should not choose the most frightened and downtrodden kid - an experienced dog lover will cope better with him. Take an affectionate and active puppy who is not afraid and willingly approaches you. He will become a good friend.