The lifespan of dogs is approximately 13 years. If you are seriously considering getting a dog, you should try to imagine your life with a dog in it for well over a decade. Of course nobody can tell how the future will look like exactly, but you may have dreams and goals you intent to achieve. Do you see a dog by your side in your future plans?
Personality-wise it’s good to reflect on, if dog ownership is truly what you are looking for. Dogs are pack animals and they should not be left alone for long periods of time. You/your family are your dog’s pack and if you would rather spend your spare time without your dog or if you want to have the freedom for spontaneous trips, a life with a dog might not be for you.
However, if you can see yourself spending time with your dog doing things that you both enjoy, a dog might suit you just wonderfully. Dog owners also generally don’t mind some dog hair on their clothes, possibly some chewed up shoes or furniture nor do they mind collecting dog poop off the lawn. Also dog owners know that dogs need to go out to do their business several times a day and they all need daily exercise, no matter the weather.