1. Don't go for the looks, choose a dog that matches your lifestyle.
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    Are you always traveling? Pick a dog that will adjust to shelter very quickly.
  2. Consider the health of the dog you're planning on adopting.
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    Health insurance. Vaccines.
  3. A dog's grooming needs may affect your daily routine.
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    Lots of fur, lots of shedding.
  4. Training a dog takes a lot of patience.
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    Puppy kindergarten?!
  5. Make sure to factor time for exercise.
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    Exercise routine - how long? what kind? Pet sitter/Dog walker?!
  6. If not a Shiba, maybe an Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler)?
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