Before making any big decision, or any purchase for that matter, research should be your first port of call. You probably wouldn’t buy a new washing machine before researching your options, so why wouldn’t you when it comes to a dog? There are countless books and magazines available to browse, which will give detailed information on the various dog breeds. There’s also the internet, where you’ll find numerous useful articles and videos by dog experts and owners alike. When researching, also consider speaking to local dog homes, veterinary surgeries, or even friends and family who have experience looking after dogs.