Can those who have the Great Pyrenees for an LGD for their chickens tell me the pros & cons of this breed? I'm seriously considering getting a puppy & want to hear from people who have them first. We have had predator attacks on our birds a couple of times already in the few months I have had chickens & guineas & would love to have a dog to watch over them. We only have 10 acres in a rural area & there are neighbors surrounding us. We have problems with coyotes, raccoons, opposums, skunks, foxes, & occasionally a bobcat. Our neighbors also have chickens that free-range 24/7 & they are always losing them to predators. My chickens are shut up at night in a secure coop, but free-range during the day. We have a lot of outdoor cats, so the dog would have to tolerate those because they have a purpose here too & we have 2 very small dogs that are in the house most of the time, but come outside when I'm out. One of the questions I have is can this breed be taught to stay on the property & not roam all over? There are people around us on all sides with other livestock such as cattle, horses, & goats. Also what kind of shelter do they require? Can they stay in a regular dog house for shelter? Can they stay outside in the winter or do they have to be brought in the house? I was hoping the dog would be able to live outside most of the time. Can anyone give me some input, I would really appreciate it.