For someone with a very small and expanding family hobby farm, would a genuine LGD really be necessary, or would a generally good family watchdog type dog keep predators away? Example: we started with chickens last year and will add a couple of goats (for milk, yogurt, soaps etc.) next spring. We have been lucky so far with no real predator problems. However, we do live in the country and we have coyotes, raccoons, opossum and other critters all around. Ive seen them on the road side in not such great condition. We dont have enough land to give a GP, and not enough livestock to give a real LGD. However, wouldnt a dog roaming our property naturally keep the critters at bay? I like to adopt shelter/rescue dogs. I think if I could choose the right tempered dog it would work out fine. Anyone else have a similar situation?