Blue Lacy is a working dog breed, one of the true Texas breeds and has been declared as the Official State Dog. These medium-sized dogs are strong and fast but with light structure. This breed is intelligent, active, alert, intense and devoted. They suit for both hunting and herding applications. The Blue Lacy is fearless and determined breed that can work comparable to other working breeds, while they are able to control large livestock efficiently too. In their early age, they will be too rambunctious and would require extensive physical exercise to stay calm. They are quick at learning and easy to socialize. Good with kids and other pets if all of them are grown together, they are handsome family companion as well.
This dog has a light build, slim cylinder carried by long legs, well balance of flesh and bones; the Blue Lacy is medium-sized working and herding dog. Its gait is flawless, quick and attentive that holds great speed, enormous strength and remarkable stamina. Contrary to its name, this breed is not only in blue color but in many colors and combinations including grey, silver, chocolate, red, light cream and rusted. Its name Blue Lacy is due to its blue-color gene they possess. Their eyes can be bright yellow or distinctive orange that adds a distinguished touch to their appearance. Its coat is short, smooth and tight to body.
The Blue Lacy or simply “the Lacy" dogs were developed in Texas by four Lacy brothers who came to Burnet County from Kentucky during 1858. This breed of dog was possibly developed by sharing Greyhounds, scent-hounds and coyotes. This dog remained an important ranching assistant of colonial Americans of southwestern US for centuries. Introduction of technology in this industry reduced the use of this dog to a great degree. The breed was near to extinction, however gained popularity among the hunters dramatically that caused increase in Lacys. Most of the United States trappers use this breed to guard livestock.
This breed is happy when applied on work, the dog needs burning of their extra energy by physical exertion. The breed is a versatile working dog besides herding livestock, trailing, tracking, treeing game and real time hunting of wild hogs. Active, flexible and agile for modern day application, this dog is passionate playmate and warmth partner in long walks, running and hunting. This dog is found remarkable sensitive to detect, track, and trail suspicious scents. Adaptable in many living conditions, Lacys make excellent house pet, however they have outdoor life instead. They would be destructive in the home when left alone. This breed is not suggested for apartment life.
Blue lacy are good with children of older ages that know the right handling of dog. Young toddlers should be governed when interacting with them. During socializing the Lacy, teach your children the effective handling too, instruct them not to approach the dog when eating, neither take their toys nor occupy their place. Low tolerance against childish rowdy play is alarming state to young kids. All pets at home are affordable but should be raised together from their puppyhood. They are aggressive to unknown dogs while aloof of strange humans.
This active breed is quick learner as long as kept satisfied by physical exertion. Rarely, they can be stubborn while intelligent and independent, they may cause challenges for new owner, therefore not suggested for new dog owners. They need a perfect pack leader with demonstrative abilities. Keep the dog in natural pack order that the dog is always after the human beings. They would not respond to harsh and punishing training rather positive reinforcement and reward based training is proved beneficial. Its coat is short, smooth and tight to body that require minimal grooming efforts. They are average shedders. They can afford outdoor life, capable of surviving in severe cold and hot weathers.
They stay calm and peaceful when exercised well. They are not the dog that merely lies in a corner but an active and energetic dog. These dogs were developed to work in ranching besides sharp companion of hunters. They can be accompanied on long walks, hiking, jogging and other fetching games in yard. They may chase, trail and track suspicious scent if not leashed. Remember an unsatisfied dog would be too boisterous and may be destructive.
Owner Should Know
Generally this breed is very healthy yet prone to some skin problems and food allergies. Color dilution alopecia is also reported but very rare.
Although easy to train, yet requires a strong owner who can demonstrate true leadership. Harsh training methods are not responded.
This breed is for outdoor life, they do not do well in kennels or apartments.
Vigorous physical and mental exercises are needed for them to stay satisfied and tranquil in the house. If not adequately exercised, they would be too rambunctious and may engage in destructive activities.
High sensitivity and strong prey drive may lure them to chase or wander miles down trailing suspicious scent, keep them leashed or in a yard surrounded by fence.
Being aloof of strangers, they would alarm for any unauthorized entry to home but cannot be graded perfect watchdogs.
Seek for reputed or trustworthy breeders or suppliers to get healthy puppies, ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.