I'm new to these forums even though I've been trawling them for the past few months.
For about half a year now, we've been contemplating getting a family dog, and of course I wanted my favourite breed the GSD. I've done a lot of research on them, and know they need a lot of exercise/interaction and proper training, all of which I am willing to give. As for lifestyle, I'm a uni student who lives at home, with a younger sibling in early high school. Of course we have work/class commitments, but we would be able to give the potential dog at least 2 hours a day of our time for walking/running/playing. We have owned a maltese a few years ago, but I expect a german shepherd to be way more demanding and difficult.
It's a challenge I'm prepared for, as we live in quite a house with a spacious backyard and a pool. We also have a park and walking trails through bushland nearby. I'm determined to socialise a new pup properly, and wish for him to be friendly and approachable but not completely over strangers. I've contemplated different breeds but always come back to the GSD.
My problem is that the more I research, the more I feel that the task of raising a GSD well is daunting because of all the stories I've read about potential aggression and difficult behaviour. My friends assure me that I will do fine and that it is not as difficult as I have made it up in my mind, but I stress whether I'd be able to raise him perfectly, especially since I have not owned a GSD. I have constantly been flitting between feeling confident and prepared, and generating what if scenarios in my head of having to give up my pup in the future due to behavioural issues (ofc I don't want to ever give up a dog).
So my question to you guys is: Am I being overly paranoid and should just relax and go for it, or should I reconsider getting a german shepherd? Would a GSD be suitable for my situation?