We'll be moving soon to a new state and will hopefully be able to start our true homesteading adventure in the coming couple of years. One of the first things I plan on doing after we move is getting a dog. I want a dog for company on my solo hikes / camping adventures, for an excuse to go walking every day, and for protection in the event we need him to give his life protecting us. I have always been a fan of labradors because of their intelligence and loyalty, but I'd really like to keep my options open so that we get a breed who is good with my kids, not too energetic, will protect our home and homestead, and will be up for a walk / camp any time. I have heard Akitas are a good fit for our lifestyle as well. I love rottweilers, but their negative stigma means that renting a place with one can be difficult (We will be renting for at least 6 months while we research our destination / find good land). Any input?