Just after some advice!
We have an older dog (beagle x spaniel) that was my dog before I met DH. She is getting on now, and we are looking at getting another dog sometime in the next year or so. However DH and I cannot agree on which breed to get and it's actually becoming a real problem!
He is adamant, like absolutely ADAMANT that he is getting a German Shepherd. He grew up with them and his family had always had them, in fact his parents have a lovely one to this day who is a gorgeous dog, no doubt. He is very gentle with my son.
However, we have a just-turned four year old and a baby on the way (and planning more babies in the next few years) and just I do not feel comfortable getting a German Shepherd whilst the kids are so young. I'm happy to have one once they are teens but I've done a lot of research on dog breeds and while I know ANY breed is capable of hurting a child, German Shepherds have more of a capacity to really hurt or kill, especially a small child. I know most of them are gorgeous dogs and very smart. I know it's about the training you put into them etc. I just still don't feel comfortable having a GSD as a family pet when my babies are little. I would feel the same about any other large breed e.g. Rottweiler. I love all dogs! I know they are all capable of being beautiful family pets. But for my family, I want to do what I feel comfortable with, and that is NOT to have a huge dog until the kids are more capable of understanding how to treat dogs etc.
DH completely disregards how I feel about this and I get the feeling he will just come home with a GSD puppy one day and expect me to be won over. He just says nothing ever happened to him as a child and he had them since he was a baby. He just flat out refuses to see my point of view. He says I can do whatever I like and go but whatever dog I want, but he will still get his German Shepherd.
As a side note he is not like this about anything else!! He is usually so accommodating to my feelings on a subject, but when it comes to this we are both being totally stubborn.
Help!! Am I being over-protective on this or should he be taking my feelings seriously?