We are currently dog-less. I would like our next dog to be an all-around farm dog--a family companion, but also a deterrent to predators. I am not so much worried at night, since everyone is locked up tight, but we have had some hawk attacks on our chickens during the day since losing our last dog. We have a small flock of chickens and will be adding goats this spring to our suburban homestead. In the past, we always rescued mutts, but that was before we started down the livestock road. Are there any breeds that would be safe around livestock during the day, but also versatile enough to take part in family activities, play with the kids, go running and camping, etc? I like what I have read about English Shepherds, but have never met one in person. Any suggestions?