I think with any person should ask themselves the following before getting a dog:
- Am I healthy enough now to deal with the needs of a puppy?
- Does my lifestyle meet the needs of a dog?
- Will I remain healthy enough over the next 10-15 years to deal with the needs of an adult dog?
- Will I have the financial resources over the next 10-15 years to deal with a dog?
- And, most critically...Do I have a contingency plan and a caretaker who can step in?