Hey all I have an opportunity to get a rottie pup for next to nothing (just the cost of tail docking, shots, health certificate etc). The pup comes from a kennel that breeds very nice rotties. This particular litter was an accident, the father has some sort of fault and wasn't supposed to be bred (it's not a health matter), so I guess they're considering the pups pet quality. The pups were born Monday night, so I have some time to make up my mind. The guy who co-owns the mother (she lives at his home) said that Rottweilers can be used to guard livestock. I've been googling it and getting mixed opinions. I know they were bred to be herding dogs and then guard dogs. I've seen pictures of the mother and she's gorgeous. She has some titles (I don't know Rotties very well so I don't know what they mean) and a good critique. Don't know about the father though. We don't have any major predators out here, mostly what we have is a threat to my chickens..foxes, raccoons, possums. I still worry about the goats and really worry about when there are newborns in the pen. Also, even though the goats are in the backyard I worry about humans stealing them. The dog could also serve as a deterrent if something is trying to get into the chicken coop, which is not in the goat pen. LGD breeds aren't common around here (someone has GPs on craigslist right now, but I won't have money for one til Feb/Mar and they won't have them then). Is trying to use a rottie as a LGD a horrible idea? Can this work out if I raise the dog from puppyhood with the goats? I'll have some babies born very soon after I get the puppy so it could almost immediately be introduced to newborn goats. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!