Hi everyone, I know others have posted about guard dogs, but I'm looking for recommendations on medium sized dogs (no larger than 60 lbs) that are good family dogs as well as good watch-dogs for chickens. I have 25 chickens or so on 1/2 acre, so not a lot of running space for the dog. We have fox -- nothing bigger -- and our chickens go in at night. We are looking for suggestions on a dog that would be great with kids and chickens, easy to hike with (family dog), and be okay in a backyard (fenced) with the chickens during the day. I need to be able to pick up the dog and carry it if they get hurt or sick on a hike or randomly (thus @50-60 lbs max). We live in the Northeast -- coldish winters and warm, humid summers. Pyr's/Mastiffs are too big for my husband & he doesn't want a dog that will dig up our garden. German pointers are a possibility, but I'm wondering about other breeds you might have experience with? Yes, we'd be getting a pup and raising/training her with the chickens. Yes, I am an experienced dog owner (Aussies, Elkhounds, German shepherds). Thanks!!!