If you lucky enough to get GP from decent blood-lines with a history of being poultry friendly, that would be a big benefit in your future training of said puppy.
Puppy need to be introduced to the birds from his first days of life.
It is very difficult to make any dog "birds friendly" when he is already teenager and never been around poultry before.
As some of LGD's despise being confined either within fences or being tied up, the Great Pyr is peacefully accepting being on a long rope (about 15 feet) for a few hours.
If you tie him every day consistently for certain amount of hrs., when you go to school, he will accept it and get use to it.
Pyrs won't stay within smallish fenced area. They do find their way out; either dig under or jump over, so the rope is the way to go.
Despite that "experts" may say opposite, GP could be both at the same time: family pets and poultry guardians.
Just balance it two of those things wisely.
My puppies are 5 days old today and I'm introducing them to poultry from a day one.
Although they cannot see yet, but they do hear and they do sense whats going on around them.
Best of luck to you!
Edited by Mzyla - 4/22/12 at 9:35am