We've bought some property out in the boonies, and will move out there soon.
Comments here about "varmint" threats caused me to consider, and act on getting better protection for my little ones, besides me with a broom.
I had an opportunity to rescue a wonderful female Labrador puppy a few months ago, which we've named Kira, who has fitted into our Pack wonderfully. Right now, she's about 11mo old, and weighs just under 60#. We've encouraged/training her to go outside with each of our little guys (have a doggy door) when one of them needs to potty. I've herd thunder that was not as threatening as her bark
I can see her integration progressing with evidence of a very protective nature. That gives me a great deal of satisfaction that with her support, most threats will be averted satisfactorily. Though smaller dogs are my preference, this level of insurance, is a policy I don't mind paying the premium for.