We have two dogs:
Fosters -an Australian Shepherd (tri/merle)
Whiskey a Carolina Dog.
I think that after having Fosters- Australian Shepherds have to be one of my very favorite breeds ever- they're SOOOOOOO sweet and have the best temperment! They are family dogs - mine does amazingly well with new people and LOVES other animals. They are extremly high energy though (which is great for me because i love to go play and run around with them- but that high energy level is not for everyone though!)
As far as my Aussie's relationship with cats...
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Now as far as Carolina Dogs go....honestly as much as i do love Whiskey- i would not recommend that breed with other animals such as cats unless you do your research first and are willing to devote a LOT of time and energy in the training. Carolina Dogs are like the Amercian version of a Dingo. They have not been domesticated in the same way as most other breeds- so as a result you can have some behavioral issues. He is a constant bundle of nerves and no matter what we do, we have had issue after issue with him being so nervous and unpredictable. You have to know how to handle a this breed before you introduce them to other household pets unless you want problems. It has taken us months to work with Whiskey to stop him of some of his bad habits. When we took him in he was 7+ yrs old and he's about 8 yrs old now so he came to us with a few problems - aggression being one of them. So he was not allowed around the cats unsupervised for quite a while. We did however use the "nothing in life is free" method and that has worked out almost all of his issues!
When you bring in a new Carolina Dog into an established household with another dog- they will typically become the Omega dog and allow the other established dog to be the Alpha - as is the case in our house. BUT any foster dogs we brought in immediately became tageted by Whiskey so we had to work on that as he wanted to display dominancy. Same with the cats- he tries to dominate - so we're careful. Had he been raised around them and trained properly it may not have been such an issue, but as is...he was not and we took him in knowing that and willing to help him...so we're working it out!
Carolina Dogs are good dogs and can be very sweet...but having worked around soo many other breeds (i work for Animal Control as a vet tech) i would honestly not rank them on my top 5 list of "family dogs" just because they can be a bit more unpredictable than other breeds from what i've picked up on owning one. Now i will say, ANY dog has the ability to become aggressive or to be very sweet....a lot of their temperment depends on how they're raised and trained.
This is a really good website with info on Carolina Dogs. http://www.carolinadogs.com/
I also have a 13yr old Wolf hybrid mix named Ginger. She lives with my mom though (wolf hybrids typically bond to one person strongly - she did to my mom, so when i moved out, my mom kept her there so as not to stress her). Now she is probably the BEST animal i have ever had, ever. That girl has my heart!
She is amazing with other animals, a wonderful family pet, and an amazing guard dog. Her mom was a full blooded wolf and her dad was a norwegian elkhound, german shepherd dog mix. She is the most sweet, loving girl ever! I totally adore hybrids- but i will say- you MUST do your research before adopting one. You have to understand that they are wild animals at heart and treat them appropriately. Ginger is excellent with cats though- and love kids. We raised her from a pup though and she had been very well socialized.
I also had Rotties, Labs, and German Shepherds growing up- all were excellent with our cats and well socialized
My sister Kimmy has two chinese cresteds and a lab/rat terrier mix- all which get along extremly well with her other fubabies! Chinese Cresteds have to be one of the most sweet breeds i've ever come across- i adore her two! They're such good family dogs!