If you want a specific breed of dog for hunting (or for a show dog… I guess), by all means contact a breeder*. Otherwise, don’t be a fool by supporting the puppy mills that supply many pet stores. Visit the shelter. If nobody there suits you, go back a week later.
Pet Store: wants to sell you something, anything, today.
Shelter: vets YOU to protect the animal (this is a Good Thing).
Has already culled aick/problem animals.
Has a clue as to temperament
-good with kids
-gets along with cats
-fearless farm dog but don’t you dare coop him up in your yuppie studio “loft” (code for crappy inner-city hellhole @ $2000/month you damn dumbass).
*Reputable breeders exist. I have met both of them.