Nicole Richie and Joel Madden Get a German Shepherd Puppy

Nicole Richie, Joel Madden and their new German shepherd puppy

Courtesy Joel Madden

updated 10/18/2012 AT 3:00 PM ET

originally published 10/17/2012 AT 5:00 PM ET

Nicole Richie wants to make one thing clear about her new puppy: She’s not picking up after it!

The Fashion Star judge and her husband, Joel Madden, brought home an 18-month-old German shepherd last week, but the responsibility is all Daddy’s, she tells Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday’s Ellen DeGeneres Show.

“I actually told Joel I don’t want to pick up after anything ever again,” Richie says. “I’ve got my kids, so I’m going to let you do that. It’s his dog, but I like to, you know, snuggle. I like to hug him and kiss him.”

The adoption of the adorable black pooch named Ero, the first family pet for the Richie-Maddens, was Madden’s idea and garnered the support of the couple’s 3-year-old son, Sparrow.

“Joel really wanted the dog. My daughter did not want a dog, and Sparrow was really excited about it,” she says.

The “sweet” pup has only been with the family about a week but 4½-year-old Harlow is already warming up. “She doesn’t like anything disturbing her space,” Richie explains. “She’s definitely coming around. She’s down.”

Watch Nicole Richie talk about the family’s new addition in the video below.

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