So, you want to get a dog. But where to start, you may ask. There are numerous ways to find the perfect dog, but the first step in the process is research. Not only do you want to find the best place to buy that bundle of joy, but you want to uncover what breed or collection of breeds -- in the case of a mixed breed -- is best for you and your lifestyle. (You might want to read more about the different breeds and take our breed selector quiz in the Dog Breed Directory.)
Once you figure out what kind of dog you'd like, the work is just beginning. Don't fall in love with the first little critter your eye falls upon. Make sure you are buying from a reputable person or organization -- after all buying a puppy or adopting an adult dog is a commitment you don't want to regret.