Do We Need Dogs on the Farm?

I’ve been debating whether we should get a dog. On the one hand, I’m concerned that if we did get one, it would attack any chickens we might have and on the other, I know having a dog would be good for keeping bears away.

That’s when I came across this article, which makes it seem like having a guard animal is a must have. We plan on keeping our animals fenced in and while a fence might deter a lazy bear, I have doubts whether it would do much good against a coyote or fox.