I have one. I use to breed them. They are excellent herding and livestock dogs. It is best to get them as a pup and raise them within the herd. Ours were mainly pets but even though they weren't raised to "protect" our flock, she still does it. It is in their nature to protect most any living creature that they are use to being around. They are very territorial! I've always said its best to have 2 of them, one to watch the front of the property and one for the back. Because that is usually their M. O. regardless. They split up at night and make their rounds and then hunker down and keep watch. Some say raising them with goats they are best left with minimal human contact. That way they feel they are goats, you know what I mean? As far as chickens go... my babes could cuddle up to them and sleep without any fear at all. However, they do eat ALOT. Be prepared for high dog food bills.
We also have a Newfie, they are great protectors too!
i had a 9 year old female. Never bit anyone. but would act like she would..if someone came to the house she ran to their car door and barked until we came out.. they weren't allowed out. a dog or stranger come over and tried to mess with the chickens-Dog.. pinned until we let it run away. if it kept trying to get the chickens.. she would forcfully make it leave. stranger. jump and bark. maybe growl some. but never have contact. hawks or any other birds in the air. jump. bark. and chase until they flew out of sight. haven't had predators around in years... and is a good family dog. all the ones i've met have been like this.. of course. they were our friends dogs. (the parents.) and our other friend. which also got a few puppies from him.. out of all 9. great dogs.
Thanks for the fast replies, I'm going to look at a 18 week old male, good bloodlines and raised in a house and with goats, calves and kids so far.
I've done a lot of research, it's just good to hear from people not breeders trying to build up the breed.
Being good with kids and a LGD and not friendly to strangers 2 and 4 legs, is important.
I don't mind a high feed bill for a working dog especially when it should offset the 3 dollar a pop 10Ga. shells,lol