Augie my love
is half Australian Shepherd, and half black & tan Coonhound. SO he has long hair, a HUGE nose, and big floppy ears. He is such a doll.
My DH got him long before we met, and Augie is now about 13 or so. He was finally not so hyper at around 11 or so, not sure if thats a hound thing or an Aussie thing, but BOY was he a spazzy baby.
: He does drool muchly, loves to talk (bark) and sing (howl) and just generally loves attention.
I don't really know how he is around kids. He's really used to just DH and myself, as we dont' have kids yet and most of our friends kids are older (8 and up) so I've really never seen him around little ones. I think he's be fine now - at this point he's a wee bit senile, and just sort of oblivious to the world around him sometimes.
He is fine with the cats, in fact, the only reason we keep the cats away from him is because one of my cats *hates* dogs with a passion, and has never (5 years now) quite gotten used to having him around. It's really for his own safety, as I'm quite sure this cat could hold her own.
About the only thing I'd caution people on with a dog like Augie is he needs a ton of grooming to keep him untangled (long aussie hair, just like his "sister" that we used to have, a purebred Aussie) and he drools like a fiend, and howls along with sirens and other dogs (hound thing) and while his eyesight isn't that great, not is his hearing (an age thing) his nose is still beyond fantastic, nearly bionic! (hound thing) so you have to be a wee bit extra cautious about things that smell good to doggies, like kitty litter and garbage and such.
So yeah, he's a noisy, drooly, messy (shedding) goober, and I adore him.