I have a GS mix who is pretty good with my chickens. She is submissive to me, guards our property and is a all around sweetie. Because my main predators would not be wolves or cougars, I really don't need any breed that is more specialized like an LGD. My husband and I have discussed getting land. We want a pet/farm dog and that is it. The dog only has to alert us when their is danger and be able to frighten off intruders. We also would like a breed that won't try to eat our other animals.(um.. that last part is essential) I understand that most GSDs have high prey drives so I probably wouldn't get a GSD. Sadly I don't know what else is mixed with my dog, so I can't research that breed. We won't be getting another dog for a couple of years at least, but I want to do some research now. I probably will settle with another mutt, but if I have a few breeds that I think are good canidates then I can make certain that my future puppy has some of those breeds in his/her makeup.