Thank you to everyone who helped me decide what type of dog would be perfect for me and my partner. Through the help of this forum we decided on a bulldog. We didn't want a big dog, but also wanted something nice and chunky, not a little dog that would get blown off the couch if you farted
We did some reading up on the breed and I bombarded my partner with cute bulldog videos (thanks youtube), then took him to the local dog show to meet some in real life. Partner has now given the official thumbs up to getting a bulldog pup, I now just have to save up the $3k needed and get the house ready. In the meantime I'm loving reading all the forums on good dog owner behaviour and training.
It's still going to be about 12 months before we get the puppy but I just cant stop talking about it. Told my partner that on the day we pick up the puppy we will have to put newspaper down on the car seats in case I pee myself with excitement!