I've been researching the LGD breeds and while they sound great I can't deal with the apparently ceaseless roaming (if I have to surround my land with impenetrable, unleapable, pallisade fences I wouldn't need a guard dog anyway) or the constant night barking for no practical purpose. Also the destructive digging...if the dog has its head in a hole somewhere it isn't guarding the farm, and I can get a poodle if I want my asparagus patch destroyed. I've got about 45 mostly wooded acres, two miles from the nearest neighbors. My house, barn, and stock (cattle and chickens and possibly a sheep someday) is on one side of the highway, where the majority of the land is, and there's a little strip of land across the highway on which I'd someday like to put some kind of fruit/veggie stand. Therefore I don't want a dog that feels it necessary to meet and greet and possibly terrify everyone who may stop to buy a tomato- or a dog who can't figure out how not to get run over when crossing the highway- or for that matter a dog who won't stay put on this side of the highway unless there's a specific need to cross the road. Also there's no sense in a dog feeling driven to rid the entire countryside for a ten mile radius of all wildlife- just keep them out of the pasture is all I ask. If my dog goes roaming onto the neighbors land, either their dogs will get it or they will very rightly shoot it. So I want a dog that will stay close to home, with the livestock. The main predators are bears, wolves, hawks, and the occasional wildcat or weasel...and of course deer trying to get at the grass and hay. This is a fairly remote area so the predatory wildlife is a serious concern, especially bears. Therefore I'm thinking of a largish dog, but most of the LGDs seem to be "giant" or "massive" breeds which means they need a ton of food and they don't have very long life expectancies. I'd prefer a dog in the 70-100 lb range. Crime and such is pretty minimal here, but since I live alone I would like to be notified when someone comes into the driveway and feel that the dog would be willing and able to protect the farm from the average drunken thug if necessary. The two LGD breeds I've been most interested in are the Anatolian Shepherd and the Tibetan Mastiff. I have friends who owned a TM, a spayed female, and possibly because of that it didn't roam noticibly despite miles of unfenced flatland. I thought it was a really great dog, loved the strong personality, not super large either- but I sure wouldn't have wanted to get on her wrong side. All the TM web sites I've looked at have emphasized the unstoppable roaming and the continual night barking...maybe she was just a freak. So any suggestions for a good farm dog for me? Please skip the usual LGD personality/dominance lecture, I'm well aware of the characteristics. Thanks.