GSD as herder, and flock guardian
Would anyone care to share whether or not they believe or know if the breed would excel in both tasks?
I realize there are other breeds that are certainly more fitting to guard a flock against predators and intruders. However, it would certainly be ideal to have one dog, that would be up to both of these jobs.
My initial thought was that the GSD is naturally territorial, and would do a fine job once boundaries are defined. My second thought is, by standards, they just are not large enough to deter those certain predators that only large/giant breeds can fend off.