I've been transplanted into a rural neighborhood, a couple chickens and Nigerian goat are two critters that I'd enjoy to have to make it semi bearable...but neighbourhood dogs are a known issue. My question is should I be content with a companion dog to keep these dogs at bay and pray that my training is sufficient enough to keep it from eating livestock? or would it be crazy to train a maremma for home/livestock protection? It would have 3/4 of an acre, fenced to be with the animals (finished laughing yet?) I've trained a border collie mutt previously to live with poultry but that was a very different dog, nearly convinced myself to forget livestock altogether would be the sensible thing t do.