Don't fall for the hype. A pedigree does not make a dog or cat "better". All dogs and cats should have a forever home and will love you just the same, without the overpriced piece of paper. Adopt a rescue pet or mixed breed from your local shelter.
Personally, black dogs are my first choice. For some reason they are the most overlooked in shelters. Please consider adopting a black dog or a pit bull from your local animal shelter. My Hope is a black pit bull rescue, she's the cream of the crop :)