If you ever get a chance, go visit a dog show. I never thought this would be something on my list of things to do, but awhile back I took my little brother with Big Brothers and Big Sisters out to do something on a Saturday afternoon, and we found ourselves at a dog show in Kalamazoo, Michigan. It was a lot of fun to walk around and see so many different breeds of dogs in one place.
If you were going to really choose a dog for yourself, this might be a place to go to ask questions about breeds, etc. I was able to find so many answers to questions about dogs that I had at this event, and I learned a lot about the different breeds. Here is a video that I show from the event.