My fiancee has had dogs before, but they were always like pomeranians or other smaller breeds.
When I first showed him the German Shepherd that needed rehoming, it was more like "isnt this a pretty dog? i hope she finds a home" after a about a week of ruminating on it and the dog still hadn't found an owner, I started seriously considering taking her in. It took some convincing, because we had just 2 months prior gotten another new dog. But I just wasn't connecting with the new dog in the same way he was and German Shepherds were my favorite breed. I convinced him to let me at least meet her and and take our other new dog to meet her just to see how she was.
After the initial meet went well, I couldn't take her home right away because I needed supplies and her owners agreed to hold onto her for two more weeks while I got together money for a new crate and food, etc. My fiancee was iffy but I pleaded with him, telling him I would make myself solely financially responsible for her, he wouldn't have to pay any money, I would do all the work taking care of her so he'd never even have to trouble himself with her and he agreed.
It was a little bit of a rocky start. The two girls were initially doing well together until our husky came into heat (i'll spare the details for that as i have a whole other thread about it.) We had to separate them. I moved in with my fiancee while we were looking for a bigger house and since Gaia (our GSD) didn't like the husky, and she didn't like our roommate at the time, she had to stay in her crate for most of the day, only going out for long walks and I played with her in our tiny bedroom. She would whine a lot of the time, which upset my fiancee a good bit because her crate was right next to our bed, but no dog would want to live their life in a cage, I couldn't blame her. His anger would make me pretty sad, but I really didn't want to give up on her.
We finally got a bigger house with a huge yard, and now we have a fence so she gets to run around and has 3 other dogs to play with (and 1 that she hates, but it's okay!)
He has grown to love her a lot now that she's in a less stressful environment, she's less fearful and less hyperactive because she's much more stimulated! He has come to understand the breed and knows that not every dog is a tiny, happy love machine. She's had a few instances of being protective of our territory. She barks at anyone she doesn't know who gets near her crate. We pretty much have to train her to like our friends, but as long as they (our friends) do what we tell them to it's not hard to get her used to them.
This was something that had turned him off from her, but I think now that we know how to manage it he has come to accept her for the breed that she is and the issues that come with it!
He doesn't mind taking care of her himself now, it was part of our agreement, but he knows how tired I get caring for 5 dogs. He plays with her outside and he's no longer intimidated by her at all!
He knows she's just a big baby in the body of a giant predator!
He's even agreed that once our dogs have had their day in 10-15 years, I can get more GSDs because I love them so much xD
I think he's realized that he doesn't have the patience for raising and training dogs, so he's fine with me being the one to choose since I'm going to do all the work!
GSD: Gaia, White Shep of unknown lineage
Location: Alabama, USA
I'm always looking for new training advice and sturdier toys! ^^