Hi all, My husband and I are looking at getting a puppy in the next few months and I would love to hear some of your stories / experiences with chicken-guard-dogs to help us decide on a breed. I wouldn't be leaving them alone together anyway but I would like to think that we got a dog that would not go crazy trying to get to the girls while we are at work... I know my parents' Jack Russell would go feral for sure! We live in the Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia and our property backs on to a lane close to the bush so I am wary of snakes. We've only lived here two years and so far I have seen a diamond python but we're expecting red bellies and death adders so I am wary of our chook safety as well as a dog's. (Gosh, and our own). Our property is approx. 900 square metres (0.25 acre) and we are looking for a large dog, he/she will get plenty of exercise and I don't mind grooming. We are thinking of starting a family soon as well, so I definitely want a family friendly breed. Would love to hear about your experiences / suggestions! If anyone has tips about how to introduce them etc that would be fab too! Thanks a lot! :+) Vicky.