The Blue Lacy is a medium-sized dog and belongs to the group of working dogs. They are useful for various purposes including herding livestock, tracking, treeing and for chasing a game. It has a sturdy, muscular body with a long narrow head mounted on it and expressive eyes that give the dog an elegant look. The unique thing about the dog is its blue coloration. These dogs are highly active dogs with a bold and brave attitude. The popularity of this breed is gradually increasing in Canada, United States, and Europe. It is awaiting recognition by major kennel clubs.
Blue Lacy Dog History
The breed got its name from the Lacy Brothers, George, Ewin, Frank, and Harry who shifted to Texas from Kentucky in 1858, who developed these dogs for herding the hogs and drive them to the market. They created this breed by mixing the genes of English shepherd, greyhounds, scent hounds, wolf, and coyote. Lacy family’s ranching business went downhill with the influx of modern technology, resulting in the reduction of the Blue Lacy dogs number and pushed them almost to the verge of extinction. It was the dog's capabilities like charging at the hogs, tracking and retrieving a game by taking a cue of the wounded animal's blood saved the dog from getting extinct. Their excellent tracking ability made them a perfect choice for the hunting industry. The United State Trappers widely used these dogs for the job of rescue and hunting.
A local of the Texas state, it was declared an official state breed in the year 2005. It remains unrecognized by major kennel clubs like AKC (American Kennel Club). The ABLA (American Blue Lacy Association) has requested to the AKC to include it in its Foundation Stock Service.
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Blue Lacy color description
The Blue Lacy comes in three distinct color variations like blue, red and tricolor. It comes in the shades of gray that ranges from a silvery metal tinge to a dark charcoal shade. The dogs which come in red color have a coat that might light cream or rust colored. The tricolored dogs are blue in color and have red markings on their eyes, muzzle, tail, and legs. They have bright expressive eyes which are colored orange or yellow. The red and tricolored dogs are called Blue Lacy for the blue gene inherent in them.
Blue Lacy Temperament and Personality
The Blue Lacy's are intelligent and versatile working dogs. They show a tireless dedication in guarding the livestock, no matter how difficult it may be. The dogs do well in retrieving games without any guidance or training. They are a bit sensitive to rough behavior. The Blue Lacy behaves well with children, and the kids must be taught to behave with the dog properly too. Their alert nature excels them to be a good guard dog. They may not be comfortable in the presence of strangers in the first instance. Keeping in mind their herding and chasing instincts, it shall better to keep away the dog from smaller animals in the same household.
Blue Lacy Quick Information
|Other Names||Lacy dog, Lacy game dog, Lacy hog dog, Texas Blue Lacy, Lacy Cur, Red Lacy, Texas state dog, Texas Lacy dog|
|Coat||Smooth, tight and short|
|Color||Blue, red, tricolor|
|Group||Herding dogs, scent hounds, rare dogs|
|Lifespan/ Life Expectancy||12 to 16 years|
|Height||18 to 21 inches|
|Weight||Male: 35 to 50 lbs.; Female:25 to 45 lbs.|
|Litter size||Approximately five puppies|
|Behavioral Characteristics||Active, intelligent, alert, loyal, independent, gentle|
|Good with children||Yes|
|Competitive Registration Qualification/Information||ACA, APRI, ACR, DRA, CKC, LGDR, LDBA, NLDA, TLGDA, NKC, UKI|
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Blue Lacy Care
The Blue Lacy is a highly active and energetic dog which requires daily and regular exercise. Take them on regular long walks and give them sufficient playtime. They do well in places with open spaces like ranch or farm and are not that suitable for apartment life or any confined area. Insufficient space may make them resort to destructive activities.
These dogs have a short and smooth coat which requires minimal grooming. Brushing them one time in every week is sufficient for removing their dead hair. The dog should be bathed only on getting dirty to maintain its cleanliness and hygiene. Follow other hygienic measures like brushing its teeth and trimming the nails.
These dogs hardy and healthy with no genetic problems that are reported about them. They may suffer from joint problems like hip dysplasia or elbow dysplasia. Some skin problems may trouble the Lacys like color dilution alopecia (CDA) which can cause hair loss too. This rarely occurs in blue and tricolor Lacy dogs.
These are intelligent dogs and have a quick learning ability. They can pick up your training in an efficient way and in a short time. Some dogs may show traits of stubbornness at times. This dog is not suitable for the first-timers. They need a trainer who is firm and can train them positively and firmly with witty tactfulness.
Keeping in mind their working dog personality, it is important to socialize the Blue Lacy puppies and teach them to be friendly and gentle with the people visiting your house frequently. Expose the dogs with different scenarios which will help them to differentiate between friendly guest and a harmful intruder.
Emphasize on obedience training right from the puppyhood and teach the dog to follow your commands like “Stay,” “Stop” and “ Come,” This will help in reducing the slightest traits of stubbornness in the dog.
Completing the command training will help the dog to perform well in competitive sports like sheepdog trial which requires coordination between master and dog to control the sheep.
Diet and Feeding
These are highly active dogs, and you should give them superior quality dry dog food that has a sufficient amount of vitamins and proteins.
A proposal was given in 2008 to make the Blue Lacy the mascot of the Texas A&M University. It was not a successful one, and it's former mascot Reveille VII (Colie) retained its position.