You may not be familiar with the Karakachan breed. It is rare in the USA and for that matter, rare in general. The Karakachan was imported to the US from Bulgaria where they have had a long history of guarding livestock, mainly sheep and goats. In Bulgaria the Karakachans were plentiful up until the 1940s when the government made communal farms and the dogs who roamed with and guarded the sheep were no longer needed and sadly even became looked at like a pest. They came close to extinction, but now efforts in Bulgaria and the United States to restore the breed have given them a lift in favor. This breed is large, but not as large as a Great Pyrenees and they are said to roam less than a Great Pyrenees. We got our Karakachan Kalina from Crane Creek Karakachans in Sumner Iowa. She does an excellent job and she has successfully guarded our home and flock of goats and ducks.