The Bachelorette‘s Kaitlyn Bristowe: Shawn and I Are ‘Pumped’ to Start a Family

02/17/2016 at 01:45 PM ET

They’re not in a big hurry to tie the knot, but Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth are excited about expanding their family — and soon!

“The idea of family is more exciting to us than planning a wedding,” Bristowe tells PEOPLE exclusively. “We know we’re going to get married, but we’re really pumped to start a family! I don’t feel like there is a specific order we have to go in.”

Adds Booth, to whom Bristowe became engaged on the season finale of The Bachelorette last July: “I think we’re more excited about having kids than actually getting married!”

Kaitlyn Bristowe Shawn Booth baby
Photographs by Jim Wright

Joking aside, the pair, who already have a “full-time kid” on their hands with golden retriever Tucker, are playfully debating about that magic number.

“I want five kids, she wants four kids,” says Booth, 29. “We decided we’ll talk after one kid.”

Says Bristowe: “We might be like, ‘That’s enough. Tucker and one kid is fine!’ ”

For much more from Kaitlyn and Shawn, including exclusive photos in their new home, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

— Aili Nahas

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karen on

I am shocked that these two are still together – but good for them! Still mad ABC didn’t put Des and Chris’ wedding on tv!

Danielle on

I think it’s funny when people don’t have any kids and say they want 4 and 5. They have no clue

Brooke on

Shocked that they are still together….and that they look so happy. Good for them.

SMC on

Glad to see I’m not the only one shocked that these 2 are still together. I hope they wait awhile before reproducing… I’ve always felt like they are just in it for the media circus more than anything else.

Fran on

They seem compatible couple, so happy for them.

Meg on

I know a lot of people are shocked they’re still together, but personally, I’m not. I know there were a lot of people who had something to say about Kaitlyn, me being one of them, but if you look at their snapchats, they truly do look very comfortable with each other, unlike most of the other couples from this show. I’m not the biggest fan of either of them, but I feel like they’re actually going to last in a weird way.

Linda k. on

I am happy to see these two still together I think they are cute. But PLEASE get married and then have kids. So many (bachelor family) and others give kids to day the impression that it is ok and it really is not. I know you will do what you will but that is my opinion to respect the union of marriage and the bear the kids the. Live happily ever after!

Anonymous on

Why do you need to be married to have kids? If you are in a happy and healthy relationship and decide to have children then go for it. How is it any different if a married couple with a child or children split up?

Nadia on

That slut what kind of man would marry her says a lot about himself and it was on tv yikes.

momma on

how is it a couple with no kids, and not pregnant, is in the BABIES section? makes no sense

Anonymous on

Karen, equally shocked and equally mad.

SMC, same here.

I don’t think one needs to be married first to have kids.

Regarding her, I can’t stand her. I don’t say that much about people on here, but I don’t. From her laugh, to smile, to voice, to the way she acts, she is beyond annoying.