I don't have a huge preditor problem, just skunks, racoons, hawks and a very bold fox that has taken both roosters tail feathers in broad daylight. I also have tiny baby pygmy goats that are almost small enough for the fox if he were really hungry. I've lost a few hens this summer to the fox and had a skunk break into the henhouse and get 4 chicks. I don't think we have any coyotes yet. The presence of a big dog would be enough to deter the preditors we have. My concern is that the dog might kill chickens or a baby goat or go after one of my house dogs or cats. I just don't know if our preditor problem is severe enough to run the risk of the "protector" turning out to be a "preditor". I would be really upset if I invested in a new dog and then had it turn on my livestock even more than the preditors we currently have. The dog I'm considering is 3/4 Karakachan and 1/4 Great Pyrenese. These puppies are 5 months old and have been raised around goats and chickens since birth. The breeder seems pretty confident that they won't hurt any of my animals. What do you think I should do? Any personal experience with livestock guardian dogs?