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Sharpeis can have high prey drive as I understand it? Maybe not a great choice with cats and other small animals hanging around (unless it's a puppy, in which case they can certainly be socialised and taught proper manners around other animals/children).
I would second the Miniature Pinscher as long as you are going to be buying a puppy and not an adult. They have extremely strong personalities and need a LOT of socialisation for them to be well-adjusted adults. If not, they tend to fall on either side of the spectrum - fearful, aggressive to other dogs and people, etc.
I own two and they are so entertaining! Low maintenance in terms of coat, but they need a lot of exercise and firm discipline. Our two girls have been raised around horses and our other animals (mice, birds, lizards, etc) so they know to behave themselves. On the other hand, my friend owns one who was not taken out much or introduced to new things as a pup; she now has fear-aggression to such a degree that she cannot be taken near children or to parks with other dogs, etc. Min Pins are a wonderful breed but they really do need a pack leader and they're not great for kids as they aren't very robust (even if they think they're 5x their size!) and can tend to snap.
Just my two cents.
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