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