I just wanted to say thanks for all your responses to my dobe/shepherd que. I ended up first adopting a 2 yr old pitbull from a pound but had to give her back immediately because she wasnt good with my cats. She was a good dog though. I got that same day a 2 1/2 month basset hound from the dog house( this shop that only sells puppies). One of my cats bounded with her immediately. I had raised him with a previous basset hound. The other, which is still young, is still unsure, but is getting closer and closer to the puppy every day. I think im going to stick with this breed. They have the greatest temperment towards cats and people.