Ok, here is my scenario: We moved to 12 acres a year ago (from a small subdivision lot), this year we are going to get a few chickens and give it a whirl. My husband is an anti-dog person but has decided at this point it may be a good idea. We have 3 young children and one more on the way. Any recommendations on a dog that will help protect the chickens (and us), have limited shedding, and be a great dog to have around 4 kids under 6 years old? Thanks for any suggestions.