I'm thinking about adding a dog to the current menagerie, & would really like the expirenced imput of this board. It's gonna need some special characteristics to fit in here. -not chase /kill chickens, goats or cats (making the chickens fly every so often would be okay, who can resist that) -intelligent but not Border Collie "I need a job or a straightjacket" smart -bark & look threatening when needed, doesn't need to be able to back it up -enough coat so it won't freeze here in MN, although the house/barn will be its primary residence. -uncommon enough so there aren't too many genetic diseases -any size I know I don't want any sled dog breeds, Dals, or Greyhounds. Love Greyhounds but don't dare have them with cats. I grew up with a Golden who was one of those perfect Lassie kid dogs & did obedience shows to a CDX. Also did 2 years of vet tech and humane society volunteer so I do know how to evaluate an unknown dog. I've been looking at the local shelters but like all shelters, the dogs are 99% screaming black lab crosses. What is there, a factory for these somewhere? So, what breed would you folks suggest?