I am, for the first time in my life, without a dog. We have small children, free ranging chickens galore and a serious fox problem. We do have a well fenced yard as well as acreage that's sort of fenced. The winters here can be tough but the summers are pretty mild. We want a dog who will, first and foremost, be great with the kids and not kill the chickens. A breed who likes to spend most of the day outside and can be left in the fenced yard if we leave for the day and watch for those darned fox. What breeds do you have and how do they work with your family and chickens? UPDATE: THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED US FIND OUR ANATOLIAN SHEPHERDS. POST #117 for photos. and then again post #140 (because I just can't say enough about these guys).