I agree with @desertskybulldogs - they are like kids - more so than other dogs.
I was never a dog lover. I was actually very afraid of dogs as a kid then indifferent as an adult. My husband desperately wanted a dog when we bought our first house so we looked at animal shelters and he had his eye on an Australian Cattle Dog. If you've ever seen those dogs, they can jump 8 feet, need an incredible amount of exercise and stimulation - which I just didn't envision happening in our house. I did a little research and asked my husband if we got a dog, could I choose the breed? I picked a bulldog.
They say bulldogs are bad choices for first time dog owners but figured me and a bulldog would be a good match for each other. Since there's no such thing as a "hands off" bulldog owner, I became extremely close to Bentley, our first baby, very quickly (for me) and it wasn't long before didn't want him to be alone and got him a bully brother, Linus.
Funny, after Bentley passed away, I considered a different breed for a second dog to keep Linus company and my husband refused. Hence Baby T.