*EDIT* I started this thread looking for LGD breed recommendations but after some valuable advice, realized that my planning needed to be focused on other aspects of my pasture design. Even though the original topic has shifted, I'm leaving this thread up because there is some very good advice in it. I’m researching my options for a guard dog for my flock of 50 hens. A dog that will compliment the two barn cats that I'm about to employ. The birds are kept within electrified chicken netting closing in almost an acre. They roost in an open hoop house. I live in zone 7A central Va. So something that is cold tolerant is needed. The pests and small predators that I want to protect against is anything up to a typical hunting/wild dog. Dogs Skunks Moles Groundhogs Fox Gophers Possums Raccoons Squirrels Snakes Rats Mice Owls Bats Hawks A whole lot is said about Pyrenees and other large breed dogs but I’m thinking something more along the lines of some sort of fast and agile Terrier would be best for my all around situation.