I'd like to get a dog to live out in the pen with the goats and chickens. The chicken coop is going to be inside the goat pen, but full enclosed so nothing can get into it. I don't want the dog and chickens loose together because I just don't trust any dog around chickens. Anyway...actual livestock gaurdian breeds aren't readily available where I live. I did recently see an ad for great pyrenees (sp?) pups on craigslist, but they were $300 and I can't afford that especially with all the coop/fence building I've been and continue to do. Plus I just don't feel right having a dog with that kind of coat in the Florida heat. Is there a common breed of dog that might work out for me? I really just want something that won't harass/kill the goats (which shouldn't be too hard my currents dogs pretty much ignored them when I had them in the front yard, except for the lab who tried to play with them and covered the poor things in slobber), and is big enough to take on coons/possums and possibly a fox if needed. I pretty much just want an alarm system for out there. I can't put any of my dogs out there because 2 of them are tiny (JRT and Chihuhua) and the lab tries to play rough with the goats. Plus all 3 are inside dogs and would howl and raise heck if left outside at night. I know that a herding breed probably wouldn't work well because they would drive the goats crazy herding them. Any ideas? I know German Shepherds are a herding breed, but they aren't as gung-ho about it as say an Austrailian Shepherd right? I'm thinking some sort of shepherd mix that I could adopt from the animal shelter. What about a rottie? Weren't they origionally bred as livestock gaurd dogs? Any ideas would be appreciated. Also..should I maybe have 2 of them out there so they're not lonely? And should I get the dog as a puppy and have it sleep outside from the get go to get used to sleeping outside? Sorry this was so long..I just want to make a good choice. Thanks for any advice.