I haven't had a dog in years. I have small children and was waiting to figure out exactly what breed would work for our needs. I was considering Great Pyrenees but I came across these Maremmas, researched them and discovered that they had many similarities. I am new to the breed but am impressed. Mine are unregistered but full blooded out of working parents.
I highly recommend them. They are staving off the skunks and weasels in my area very well. We also have mountain lions and many coyotes. When the coyotes start singing my dogs warn them to stay away and so far it is working.
My son saved a wild rabbit from a weasel the other day. He saw it chasing the rabbit and took off after them. When the weasel jumped on the rabbit, he dove in and grabbed it by the tail. He was going to bash it but it turned on him in just a second so he flipped it up into the air. It landed and hid in a snow drift. My husband then shot it.
So we discovered that we have a very large weasel population after talking to the neighbors.
There are a few different LGD's out there and I highly recommend looking into them for the safety of your birds.
I would have gotten them earlier if I had known how well they work for protection.
It breaks my heart every time I discover a headless, bloodless or simply missing bird. You put so much work, money and love into your flock only to have them slaughtered.