I want to get a dog, but it must be compatible with chickens, as I only have a 3000 sqft yard and I'd rather not have a house-dog. (they will be allowed inside too) I am used to and prefer large dogs - I hate high-strung small dogs - but was thinking a small breed, for the chickens' sake. Also, I've always rescued adult dogs, but am willing to get a rescue puppy, for the chickens' sake. All my chickens are standards. I will have 4-5 by the end of the year. What breeds / types of dogs are best around chickens? How small should I go? Any personality tests I can do on the dog when I go to the shelter? Would an adult be ok, if it was small enough and/or the right breed? Thanks!