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Am I mean for doing this?

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My wife and I have been having a disagreement about what breed dog we should get. So I sent her an email saying I have a really cool picture to show her.

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One thing you might also consider is that your wife may (very reasonably) not want the responsibility of a protection dog or the upkeep of a Dobe (which is, to be fair, not the easiest dog in the world to live with- they need DAILY training and quite a lot of exercise). Greyhounds are big and intimidating looking to a lot of people (they're just so TALL!), but also VERY easy to live with.
Her biggest objection is based on ignorance, and I'm not using that word in negative context. Her first reaction when I mentioned Dobermans was, "those dogs are mean!"

She worries for our daughters safety, that there's a chance it could "turn" on us. Of course, I'm going to ultimately respect her wishes and not buy the dog if she's uncomfortable. BUT, I'll still do what I can to try to educate her to the point of where she is comfortable with the breed. But in the end I am still going to give her veto power.
I really wanted a GSD for a long time as a kid. My mom made the same objections. It took me being an adult to realize how SCARED she was of them. Even though she's met many nice ones that are involved in dog sports now (including Xeph's Strauss), she still is scared of them. That's not a good trait for a caretaker of a dog who is prone to taking advantage like many of the protection breeds, who obviously NEED a fairly pushy personality.
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