Would be nice but not high on my list priorities - temperament, size, health are my main concerns. Small-medium, energetic and athletic enough to go on jog/runs, still mellow enough to lounge around with us happily, and of course affectionate and possibly good w/another dog if we get two. That's kind of my ideal. Decker Terrier and Beagle are topping my list right now - both happen to be low shedders too though.
They're also both common enough that there's a chance of getting one from a shelter or a good mix. I'm wary of shelter dogs but after all the sad fucked up statistics I've seen about how many end up euthanized because too many retards buy animals they know jack shit about and dump them on other people or just abandon them entirely... I'd be willing to take a bit of risk to save a young enough dog of desirable breed/mix I've decided.
Yeah think I'll pass on the German Shepherd, I know Rilor has a thing for them and I do think they're great dogs but they're just not for me. Going to go for something lower maintenance/energy/size, really the German Shephard's abilities/potential would be wasted on us. We'd be too boring for one.