I'm considering adopting a mixed breed puppy that's part Australian Shepherd and part Doberman. I've done some research on each breed individually, but I haven't been able to find much information on how well they would mix together as a family dog.
My husband and I have two young children, so it's important to us that our future dog is friendly, loyal, and good with kids. We're also looking for a dog that will be relatively easy to train and won't have too many health issues in the future.
From what I've read, both breeds are intelligent and active, which is great because we enjoy spending time outdoors and going for walks. However, I'm a little worried that the combination of the two breeds might result in a dog with a high prey drive, since Dobermans were originally bred for hunting and Australian Shepherds are known for their herding instincts.
Overall, we're looking for some insight from dog owners who have experience with either breed, or who have owned a mixed breed with similar characteristics. Do you think an Australian Shepherd/Doberman mix would make a good family dog, or should we consider a different breed?
Thanks for your help!