I realize that this question may be a bit open ended, but the follow up question is not.
I have never owned a dog before, but almost everyone I know has one. Until recently I've had no desire to get one until I saw a Shiba Inu a while back. With further research about the breed, I've quickly found out that they cannot be off leash (for the most part), are somewhat independent, and issuing commands to them may be difficult. These seem like deal breakers, but are they?
I want a dog in which will be my buddy instead of getting easily bored, and one in which will not attempt to compete for leader/not listen to me, as they are very intelligent. I've also seen that they are much like cats (one of which I own), and can be independent. The also don't like being touched which may become difficult. Despite the fact that I'd follow all leash laws, it remains that I'd want to have some time with it off to play/fetch. As I live in an apartment building with no enclosed yard, this seems difficult.
With more research I believe that I like Spitz dogs, such as this, this and this, however, many of the dogs I've looked at seem to be difficult to handle. A Canaan for example; I've simply heard many reasons as to why they may not be a good choice as they are very alert like a wild animal.
Are the above reasons deal breakers? Why or why not? Are Shiba Inus a good first dog choice for a male living in an apartment with no backyard?