I am currently not able to have pets, but I've always had dogs and so I'm excited to plan for the future.
I love both Aussies and the various bully breeds, especially APBTs, staffies and American bulldogs. Maybe an odd combination, but I love and connect with all the ones I've met. My concern is whether they'd be a good fit together, though. I'm an experienced dog owner, dedicated to training and taking good care of my animals and want dogs that can help keep me active and be hiking companions. I will also be training at least the Aussie for dog sports such as agility or flyball for exercise. I have not owned either breed, however.
I also want to have a cat. My concerns are issues with the feline family members, activity levels, play and interaction between the dogs. I'm worried the Aussie may end up being a bit too high-energy and intense for a playmate that's not a herding breed, something I've been warned about by Aussie owners. The herding tendencies could also irritate both cats and other dogs, but that should be manageable with training. I don't want one dog to constantly be pushing the other.
I was thinking of raising the cat and Aussie together as I'll be getting both from reputable breeders, and looking at local rescues for an older pit so there aren't as many surprises with behavior. I think how this goes will very much depend on the individual dogs, socialization and their experiences. I will be getting opposite gender dogs that have been spayed and neutered.
Is this a good idea to work towards, or would it be best for the animals to focus on one breed/type of dog and just own both at separate points during my lifetime?