Over the past 4 months I lost 2 girls while free ranging. One at the teeth of the neighbors dog and one by the foxes who live across the street. I'm looking at adopting a large dog to help patrol the ranch. Two people found dogs for me yesterday. One is a a Lab/Cattle Dog mix and the other a Huskie. Both are puppies which I'm sure I'll need to train to get along with the birds (and cat). The offers are rolling in @ regular intervals, but if I get the wrong dog, well, I don't want to do this more than once. I hear coyotes early in the morning but never see them. I also have horses, but there's nothing here that can take down a 1200 pound saddlebred. Any suggestions? The Denver Dumb Friends Leauge suggested a Foxhound, Really?