I am looking for the advice & opinions of people who have GP. We are going to be getting goats & sheep, so we extensively researched LGD. We chose GP because of their gentle reputation with children, but are aware that all dogs are individuals and don't always fit into "norms". Last week we had a break-in at our farm, and all of our tools were stolen. (We are renovating and were only about 2 weeks from moving in.) The break-in combined with the response time of the sheriff as well as the suspected thieves have caused us to reconsider security. DH and i have decided that we want security cameras as well as a very large, protective dog. I would like to get a pup when we move so that it bonds with us in place of livestock. It would be inside with us at night, but during the day I would have it out working with me around the farm. 17 of our acres, including the house, are fenced with a gate across the drive so I'm not (yet) too worried about roaming. I know that I won't be getting an obedient velcro dog and that's part of the appeal. I like that they are independent thinkers and can be trained to ignore poultry. In all of our research, we have found a lot out about LGD that live with livestock. We have found GP that live as house dogs. I am having trouble finding info on people that use them as guard dogs in general on a farm. All of my reading says that if you don't have livestock they will bond with their people, but I am only finding examples of pets and not working dogs. I am looking for any experience anyone here has. Basically, I don't want to get a GP if they aren't at all a good fit for what we need. I welcome their protective instincts (and barking lol), but I guess I mostly worry that keeping an eye on our young family of 4 and our farm won't be enough work for them. This is really long, so thank anyone that made it this far and has advice!