We got one of our dogs from the shelter. He was such a sweet dog, everyone loved him. Unfortunatelly, he was also deadly afraid of dark-haired women and newspapers. He'd crawl into a corner everytime he saw one. That wasn't really a problem though. The people at the shelter had informed us about it and he slowly grew over it. He was partly heidewachtel
and easy to train.
The dog we have now is a chihuahua from a breeder. The thing is more or less untrainable, because people always insist on spoiling her. She's also incredibly stupid. You know the trick where you pretend to throw the ball? She falls for it every single time.
My bunnies are all from a shelter. The people there were always able to tell me a lot about their behaviour, personality and special needs. The ones I got from there are all very weird though. I don't remember how I ended up with a masochistic albino with a runny nose and the tenacity of a cockroach, but she was a charming pet in her own right.
Anyway, for your first pet I recommend an older animal from a shelter, one that has already been trained. Kittens and puppies are cute, but training them isn't always easy, especially when it's your first time. If you're going to adopt a cat, learn about their behaviour beforehand and use that knowledge to pick one that suits you. As for dogs, I'd recommend a larger breed, because the smaller ones are often either yappy, whiny or scared shitless of everything that moves. Get one that's easy to work with, one that doesn't have a huge personal manual.
I dunno what it is about that fur pattern, but every cat I've seen like that makes an abnormally skilled and efficient hunter, to which, they will love to bring dead whatever-they-murdered to you. Then they will expect cuddles for hours. In this order.
Ours has a lot less white, but is more or less like that. Except for the cuddles-part. She hates that. She also dislikes treats and other luxuries. And she doesn't always kill the things she gives us. On several occasions, she released a live mouse into our house. I gues her thought-process was "If I release it here, I can play with it again later." Actually pretty smart, weren't it for the fact that I'm a pretty good mouse catcher myself.