Species group: Unrecognized and Rare Breed dogs
Other name(s): Lacy Dog; Lacy Game Dog; Texas Blue Lacy; Lacy Hog Dog
Named in 2005 as the state dog of Texas, the Blue Lacy was originally developed in the mid-1800s as a working breed used to drive free-range hogs, a task that demanded strength, spirit, and the ability to work. They soon proved useful for other ranch duties like herding cattle and hunting. Although they can be fine companions for owners who have space and something useful for them to do, they may be unhappy in situations where you must leave them alone in a small yard or apartment for long hours of the day. A bored Lacy without a sense of purpose could become destructive or depressed. These are dogs for the ranch, not for the condo.
Appearance / health:
The Blue Lacy is a medium-sized, slender and muscular dog. Its head is a medium size and the muzzle is long and tapering. The eyes are slightly slanting and moderately large. The ears are rather small and usually sagging close to the neck. The tail is long and drooping normally but carried high when in a state of alertness.
The breed is an average shedder and requires less grooming compared to other dog breeds.
The Blue Lacy requires good amounts of exercise. Farm dogs usually get their exercise from working on different tasks.
The Blue Lacy is not known to suffer from any major health concerns.
Behavior / temperament:
The Blue Lacy is sensitive to harsh correction and needs a lot of attention. Good in herding and droving, the Blue Lacy is known for its effectiveness, and is said to do the work of five cowboys. It can easily handle the most annoying of cattle and hen without any special training. They are bay hounds and not attack or catch dogs so are not aggressive. They are even training them for special needs such as autistic children.
The breed is easy to train and responds well to firm, consistent training.
good farm dogs, working/tracking ability, working dog, great companion dogs
high drive dogs, careless breeders, little extra socialization, physical stimulation
great blood trackers, hog hunting, herding drive, excellent running buddy
Wonderful dogs for the right people
Shortly after I met my soon to be husband, we discussed getting a puppy. He recommended I consider a blue lacy due to his previous experiences with them. I liked the type of dog he described: active, smart, loyal, hard working, and obedient. I also liked their look, like a sleek Weimrauner, gun metal grey, and about 50 lbs with white chest and toes (red and tricolor are also available). We brought our new puppy, Rio Brazos Blues, home soon thereafter at 8 weeks old. He has been with us ever since. At first and before we married, Rio stayed with me in my apartment. I needed to crate train him so I could easily housebreak him. While he crate trained easily, it took about six weeks to get him truly house broken. But since then he has had no problems and spends a good deal of time in our home, being out only when we are working with and feeding our livestock. I was careful to socialize him and accustom him to outside stimuli early to have a more balanced dog. This worked well for the most part. He is not immediately aggressive nor fearful with strangers. He is watchful and usually takes fifteen to thirty minutes to warm up to people. He adores me and loves my husband too. Lacies in general seem to prefer one person though, even while being good with other members of the household. I am thankful that in all situations he is incredibly obedient, something all of my family and friends frequently remark on. Lacies learn quickly and train easily but that training should be reinforced frequently, primarily because when they get excited, like many dogs, they are less likely to listen. As Rio has aged, this has been less of a problem. While Rio has excellent house manners, thanks in part to his early apartment experience, he has always required a lot of exercise. He needs to be able to run around or be walked at least an hour a day or he is likely to be hyper. Rio also has a strong working instinct. Unlike aussies and border collies, lacies work cattle and even hogs by catching them (getting in front and stopping or turning them) instead of driving them. They make excellent hog hunting dogs for this reason. They are also tough and require little grooming other than an occasional bath. They do shed quite a bit though so you may end up cleaning their hair off of furniture, your clothes, and the floor quite often. They are not hypoallergenic. Overall they are robust dogs though some care in feeding and worming is necessary. Always use a dog approved wormer and dog food, not human food. My lacy has been sensitive on these matters and is more likely to vomit if care is not taken in these matters. The only known genetic disease of lacies appears in the blue and tri dogs. This is known as color dilution alopecia where over time they may lose some hair. Blue great danes suffer from it as well. My dog is excellent with cats and other small animals but was also accustomed to them early. He does not always tolerate children well though I've heard of many lacies who can and do. This is likely because he has never been around them much. Lacies are excellent dogs but should be watched well in families with young children unless they have been raised with them from an early age. Lacies need space to move and lots of exercise. They also have strong working instincts so early training is a must. Thankfully they learn quickly and willingly..
From kb755779 Jan 23 2015 8:01PM
OFA hip x-rays are a breeding standard when it comes to hip dysplasia
OFA hip x-rays are the breeding standard for dogs prone to developing hip dysplasia. These are performed in dogs 2 and older. The x-rays themselves are not very time intensive, but typically patients are sedated for these to ensure proper positioning. Owners may be inconvenienced by x-ray testing, but it is the best thing to do to ensure poor genetics are not being passed on..
From Rachel_Muur_DVM 20 days ago
Choke collars are not the best tools to use for dogs who pull. How many times have you seen people walking their dogs on a choke collar and the dog pulling?! This is because to properly use a punishment device, which is what a choke collar is, you should only have to give 3 or 4 firm, appropriate corrections and then your dog should never repeat the behavior again. People do not have the stomach to give their dogs a stiff enough correction to work in 3 or 4 trials. Further, weaker handlers do not have the strength to give their (large) dogs a strong enough correction for them to understand. Hence, while the correction will work in the short term, all too soon, the dog is back to pulling again and that level of correction has become simply a nag. Then the correction will need to be stronger to get them to attend to it.
For a dog who outweighs or out-muscles its handler, the use of a head halter is a better choice, as it gives one greater control of the weakest part of the dog's body, their head. Just as we can use a halter to guide a horse, so can we use the same technique to guide a dog.
Laura Garber, CPDT-KA, CC, FFCP
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