Step 1: Think of mantinence
If you dont want to groom your dog ...again dont get a hairy dog.if you do want a big hairy dog and can stand the sheding,get somthing like a st. bernard.also,think of allergys when it comes to hair.If you want a medium size dog ,i suggest a japanese chin,they are playful and lots of fun!But if you dont nkow,i would go in the german shepard path.and if you get a puppy,exspect some work!
Step 2: $
Also,if you dont want to spend a lot of money,dont get the best breed.there are lots of breeds to choose from.
but ,nock your self out if have enough money!i bet theres a good dog in need localy,but ofciurse im always for saving strays,it make me so sad when i see a stray dog looking for some kind of food or water on the street:(.
if you want a husky (high dolla breed) and only have 250$,then go in the direction of a puppy!