Hello everybody I recently lost a goat to a bear (last weekend). My dad put in a strong electric fence to deter any predators (after the incident) but my mom is still worried. She really wants a good guard dog for the humans' safety mainly (because the electric fence is protecting the goats). So I've been looking at a few guarding dogs but I wanted to find one specifically for our needs. We live in a fairly residential area. We're only on 3 acres. Neighbors wouldn't appreciate the constant bark of a dog and we're not best friends with the local zoning committee :roll: ---because we didn't realize that our road didn't "allow" goats when we got them--it only allowed horses. :greengrin: So we want friendly guarding dog too...one that would safe around younger children because my younger cousins come to visit a lot. Also we have another dog that is REALLY old (a cocker spaniel) that would not want to be bothered by a playful big dog. She's blind and deaf so she really wouldn't be too much help if a bear came. I REALLY want a great pyrenees but my mom said they have too much hair and they would shed it all over the place. (Oh also...my dad is allergic to dogs--but specifically their hair...or so he says :wink: ) In addition, I have baby nigies every spring and I want a VERY gentle dog just so they aren't harmed (because sometimes we bring the babies in the house if we are going to be bottlefeeding them). My mom wants an Anatolian shepherd. So what do YOU think we should get? :? And is there any other guard dog breed that we should consider?