We are thinking of starting a coop in the spring and as such, I am researching breeds of dogs to use to protect the chikkies from predators. Up here, we would need to worry most about coons, possibly coyotes (though I've only ever seen ONE in my life), possible bobcats (also VERY rare), and fischer cats. We do have crows and turkey vultures and some eagles around though not dominantly so (save the crows) I know most of the LGD are fairly huge breeds and that makes sense in many areas. The only really big animal we may face would be a bear, in which case no dog would deter. But, they are black bears and usually just eat the apples and bird seed. That being said- what do people think about border collies? We've wanted this breed anyway because we admire the intelligence. I worry as a smaller breed, and also so intelligent, if it would get bored and "play" with chickens by nature. Anyone have experience with them?