When I was trying to decide what breed dog to get to protect my free range chickens from neighbor's dogs, I consulted this blog among many. I've learned a lot since 6 years ago. I've got a brilliant Dutch Shepherd (Belgian Malinois GSD cross). He knows his job & completed his protection training w/a neighbors dog that went feral after catching & eating my chickens. That dog had to die & only because he would not back down off his last chicken catch. Every dog since gets a royal thumping reason never to return as they are 'escorted' off the property. He even cusses at the Hawks from the ground until they give up & move on. So now I am reparing to utilize his superiorwork ethic to help me train a youbg, new pack member. If she proves to perform, I will breed a litter of puppies out of her & train those. I am wondering what people would spend for a fully trained guardian dog? Mine are still family members & they happily do the job in anticipation of ball play for reward. The pup would have to be close to 1 yr old before finished & ready. Then the new family will need some training also.