Don't tell me you got dogs after you too? If you are thinking of one for protection I would forget about it. To little and fast unless you hit them in the eyeball. I don't know of any pistol being made for it but anything is possible. Good luck.
I believe you can get a barrel for a Contender in that caliber also.
Kimber makes a .17 rimfire in a 1911.
I'm surprised that Ruger or Browning haven't chambered their Mark III or Buckmark in .17HMR