In our case, we got our first Caucasian Ovcharka while living in Italy (story posted in forum) for home protection.
We lived on a 5 acre farm so they were perfect for the intended purpose of protection.
They impacted our choice of home when we moved to Virginia because we had 3 and needed space and fencing.
Because of the dogs we adjusted our lifestyle and the way we planned for visitors etc. because of the dogs defensive and protective nature.
Also influenced our choice of home in Texas when we moved there in 2010.
We would probably have a lot more money if we did not have the dogs but would not change a thing.
What is your storey?