We have free-ranging chickens. I lock them up at night. We were lucky for the first 9 months and didn't lose any, but I figured our luck would run out eventually, and it did. We live on 10 acres in Colorado with plenty of wildlife around. I had thought for a while on a dog. I was thinking a great pyrenees would be happy to be outside a lot, and could also be a family pet. I adopted a 4 year old Great Pyrenees boy, and have a 2 week trial period. He used to live with goats. The thing is, he doesn't really like to be outside. He was severely matted so the shelter shaved him down to a quarter inch. Even when it is warm out though, he is only out for a few minutes before he wants to come in. Because he is missing his fur, I have to keep him inside for a while and can't train him to be outside. I don't really mind having him inside, but if I am going to have a mostly indoor dog, I think I'd rather have one that could be trained better(he isn't trained at all), sheds less, and maybe is smaller. I think I've decided to bring him back. He is very sweet, but he's not really serving his purpose. Maybe goats would be enough company for him outside, but chickens don't seem to do it for him. My question is, do great pyrenees usually like to stay outside on their own? Or is it just him? Should I just go for a mostly indoor dog and count on its presence to help with predators? I'd appreciate some feedback.