So we are moving to 15 acres soon and there is no cover for the chickens, and I will be in school, but would like my flock to be able to freerange alot without the worry of predators. So after hearing about the Pyrenees we thought one might be a good edition to our household. I am willing to do the training though I know it can take a year or more. So here are a few questions I have: 1. I read in one post that the dogs are prone to wandering. Will a barbed wire fence keep them in? And if the chickens stay in a certain area will he just stay with the chickens all day? One of the people I am looking about seeing getting the dog from says they trained their dog to stay on their property by teaching the dog its boundrys. Anyone else do this? 2. Once the dog is trained to be around the chickens without fear of them being killed, can the dog live in the coop or should he have his own house. 3. I am looking into a raw meat diet, as I believe that would be healthier. Figure can feed him the leftovers from butchered chickens. Would that be an okay diet anything else need to be added, or should I stick with dog food? 4. What worked for you in training your dog to be around the chickens, and guard them properly. 5. Male or female? I am leaning towards male, but will one gender stay with the flock more than the other? I want a male for the size mostly. Both breeders I am looking at have their dogs on farms and the parents are livestock gaurdians. The one breeder said that if I should choose the puppy will be put in the barn and raised with the animals. The other breeder didn't mention anything of this sort, but I would assume its a possibility as their dogs are also workers. I will obviously talk with both, and then decide which I feel is better. My reasons for picking the pyrenees, is because I have heard them to be good around chickens once trained, and their long coat is ideal for minnesota weather. I have been doing tons of reasearch and will continue doing more, but would like some owners of this breed opinons and how the dog worked for them. Thanks for any help, opionions and tips. All are much appreciated. And I am very serious about this. I have the money to care for a dog, and am willing to put in the time. I may be young, but I am not stupid or immature especially when it comes to animals. I also realize the cost and long term commitment. Just wanted to put that out their for those people who see I am in school and question this. I am going into college by the way to be a veterinary technician.