We have a small farm in Missouri and are planning to expend. We are wanting to get a dog to stay outside with the animals, but are not very interested in the traditional LGD's. We know some people with Akita's who guard their chickens very well, we also have seen German shepherds as LGD's. We need a dog who can handle the elements in Missouri. I would like to hear your story about using a non- traditional LGD. Thank you!