I always adopt a dog. I'll never get ripped off by a breeder again. I go to the shelters and check out the dogs myself. I never decide what breed of dog I want until i find it. Once I find it, I make all the necessary inquiries. Shots, Micro chipped, health issues, spayed/neutered etc. Once all my questions have been answered, then I start picking up the necessities for the dog. After I get the dog home and get to know her/him a little, I go and buy what ever my particular dog needs to be happy. In the case of my present little girl, she would much rather have an couple of old socks with holes in them with a knot tied in the middle than anything else. Good luck with your new little friend. I hope you'll have many happy years to enjoy them.
One little note: Please never skimp on the dog food. A lot of dog foods sold especially in the grocery stores, are packed with fillers. They use fancy names for these fillers but the fact remains......they're just fillers. I buy my dog food from a reputable dog food supply store. It has no corn wheat etc etc. It's just good wholesome nutrients ( Chicken, fruit and vegetables ). It cost me $13 a month for a 3 pound bag. My little girl gets 1/2 cup a day and rarely eats that much. She's never hungry, in fact she's getting a little belly on her. Please, for your dog's good health, be concerned about what you feed it. You'll use less of a good food than you will of a cheap brand. Years ago I worked for a pet food company. One of the fillers had a fancy name that I really can't remember. The truth was, there really is no substitute for the name in layman's terms.... sawdust.