We have a small "farm" with chickens, rabbits, and goats in Virginia. We also want to get maybe a pig and cow in the future....maybe. We have 3 kids (ages 6, 5, and 3) and our property is all fenced in. My husband doesn't want an indoor dog and we want to find a dog that will be comfortable outside year round in our barn (but still come in some in the winter possibly) that will guard our animals but love on our kids. One that we can also take hiking with us and be a part of our family too. I have been reading up on both working dogs and herding dogs. I don't want a herding dog that will stress out the chickens and nip at the kids when they are running around. I also don't want a dog that will bark constantly at night. So with all that being said.....Is there such a dog out there?