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"A Blue Lacy can handle the meanest longhorn cattle and take to the job instinctively, requiring no training. They can also tackle wild hogs, but can herd chickens in the barnyard as well. Their owners claim they're a good all-around dog, knowing just where to be at the appropriate time and diving into chores without being told to do so. Some will also tree game. They have a gentle nature and take direction with ease." Mini-Atlas of Dog Breeds

Here are some questions and myths about the American Blue Lacy.  If there is something you would like to know that is not listed below, please do not hesitate to email us and ask.  We would be more than happy to address any questions you may have.

Question:
How are you trying to preserve the Blue Lacy breed?

The only way to truly preserve the Blue Lacy is to only breed dogs that are proven working stock and meet the standards.  We Adhere to the pure Blue Lacy bloodlines by not introducing any other type of dog into the breeding pool. All breeders of this Association have agreed to the breeder's code of ethics and whole heartedly adhere to it. We are working to make American Blue Lacys more commonly known throughout the United States as the incredible dogs they are. To preserve and promote true working Blue Lacy dogs through education, open communication, research, ethical breeding and active ownership.

Question:
Why are they referred to as a "Blue" Lacy?

A common misconception is that ABLs are named for the color of their coat. The name isn’t for their color but for the blue gene they carry. If the blue gene appears recessive to the naked eye due to the color of the coat, it still carries the blue gene as will be readily apparent by the color of the puppies when bred. This makes it irrelevant if they’re blue, red, tri-colored or gunmetal gray as they all carry the blue gene and are still “American Blue Lacys”.

"The origin of the unusual slate blue color (and blue nose) is a genetic rarity. Few dogs have this coloration-the Bearded Collie, the Neapolitan Mastiff, the Greyhound-so the Greyhound contribution to the Blue Lacy's genetic make-up is a likely one." *The Atlas of Dog Breeds of The World
 
 
 
 
 
 
Question:
Is it true the Blue Lacy is the State Dog of Texas?

The Blue Lacy is the Texas State dog, but a ABL is not for everyone. You need to make sure you will be able to provide a the right kind of home for your American Blue Lacy, providing both mental and physical stimulation.

Question:
Why are they called the "American" Blue Lacy?

Breeders let their dogs run free on their property with other breeds (Pit Bulls, Ridgeback, Wild Curs, etc.) and when an accident happens they just change the name of the sire so they can register them and sell them as Blue Lacys. You can understand real Blue Lacy breeders frustration with them and what they are doing to the breed. We had no choice but to separate ourselves from these breeders by adding the American to Blue Lacy. All of our dogs have a uniform look to them and look like the same breed and are producing the same.

 
 
Question:
I want a Blue Lacy from a bigger line.  Is it possible to get one?

Simply put, there is no such thing.  It is questionable if any female over 45 pounds or male over 50 pounds is purebred. Individual dogs that do end up larger should absolutely not be bred. Blue Lacys were created for agility and strength in a medium sized dog. Their proper size is perfectly balanced for agility, speed and strength. Bigger does not mean better in this case. A well bred, well trained working Blue Lacy has everything you need in a 30 to 50 pounds package.

 
Question:
Are there other dog associations for the Blue Lacy?

While we recognize there are other associations available to Blue Lacy owners, we offer more aggressive standards and better quality of dogs. We remain true to the original Blue Lacy bloodlines and haven't introduced any other breeds into our bloodlines, making it a simple matter to stay within the Blue Lacy size standard. Our main goal is to become recognized by the AKC so we can compete and excel with the abilities Blue Lacys were bred for. Feel free to join us in our worthy endeavor to bring this breed back from the edge of extinction and to it's original standards.

Question:
Where did all of the history on the Blue Lacy come from?

Handed down through generations; Mark Lacy has been very co-operative with facts we have on the Blue Lacy that have been passed down to him as a direct descendant. We are continually researching the history of the American Blue Lacy in any way we can and are always adding facts. If you know of something that hasn't been covered feel free to email us.

Head
Long and narrow, skull moderately wide between the ears, not domed, stop not overly pronounced, the whole showing great quality. Blue Lacy eyes are amber colored, almond shaped, moderately set with keen intelligent expression. Powerful jaws with strong teeth. Scissors bite.

Neck
Long, supple and well muscled.

Chest
Deep and moderately narrow.

Forequarters
Blue Lacy shoulders are sloping and set well back, well muscled without being coarse. Elbows well tucked in. Forelegs straight and parallel. Pasterns strong.

Hindquarters
Strong, hipbones set well apart and stifle moderately bent, hocks low to the ground, showing galloping and jumping power. Well developed second thigh.

Loin and Back
Slight slope from croup to root of tail. Body lithe. Deep brisket almost down to point of elbow. Ribs well sprung. Moderate tuck-up.Back fairly broad, muscles slightly arched over loin.

Body
A correct American Blue Lacy should be perfectly proportioned 10/10. The body length is the same as the height creating the perfectly square, built for speed and endurance, appearance they are known for.

Feet
Of moderate length, toes long and well arched, not splayed out; the whole being strong and supple.

Tail
The Blue Lacy tail is long, set on low and carried naturally in a curve. Tail reaches top of hock.

Coat
Short and glossy, ranging from fine and close to slightly harsh with no feathering.

Colors
Blue, gunmetal gray, red, and tricolor (blue and red with small white on chest). A small spot of white on the chest is acceptable with white on the head, back or tail being a disqualifying trait. A common misconception is that Blue Lacys are named for the color of their coat. The name isn't’t for their color but for the blue gene they carry. If the blue gene appears recessive to the naked eye due to the color of the coat, it still carries the blue gene as will be readily apparent by the color of the puppies when bred. This makes it irrelevant if they’re blue, red, tri-colored or gunmetal gray as they all carry the blue gene and are still “Blue Lacys”.

General Appearance
General Appearance is one of grace, power and speed. The Blue Lacy is medium sized, of noble bearing with hard clean-cut lines-graceful, well balanced, very fast with free easy movement and alert expression. The whole appearance of this breed should give an impression of grace and symmetry and of great speed and endurance coupled with strength to enable it to track and chase down deer, wild boar or other quarry over deep sand or rocky mountains. The Blue Lacy expression should be dignified and gentle with deep, faithful, far-seeing eyes. Dogs average height at the withers is 17-19 for females, 19 - 21 inches for males.  Weight should be approximately 30 to 40 pounds for females and 35 to 45 pounds for males.

Disqualification
Besides size: any solid white spot on the back of neck, shoulder, or any part of the back or sides of the dog. Any white other than acceptable white: toes, small amount on chest and very small amount on chin. Height over 21 inches.


Working and Training

The Blue Lacy dog is a working dog, which means the Blue Lacy dog has to have a job.  We realize not everyone lives on a big ranch with cattle for the Blue Lacy to herd.  We also realize not everyone is an avid hunter and wants to take their Blue Lacy hunting.  There are many other outlets and ways of keeping your Blue Lacy active.

 

It has been stated by Blue Lacy owners that have owned Lacys for over 50 years that children should be able to lay on the dog, grab their ears, and even pull on them.  The Blue Lacy should not attack or bite children or adults whatsoever.

A bite does not "just happen out of the blue."  A bite does not happen with "no warning."  If you pay close attention to your dog, or the dog around you, you will see tons of signs the dog is uneasy and/or taxed.  An excellent article for reference on this subject is Say, What?, written by Pat Miller in the November 2005 issue of the Whole Dog Journal, www.whole-dog-journal.com

Below is a list of the various body parts you should pay close attention to and a brief explanation of the behavior to look for in the dog. 

Body Posture 

Humble, peaceful or frightened - Behind is upright (leaning back), lowered; erectile hair, also known as hackles, may become erect.

Relaxed, assured - Standing erect, confident or tall to full height.

Attentive, aroused, excited, self-assured - Standing erect, leaning forward; erectile hair, also known as hackles, may become erect.

"Play bow" (asking for play) - Shoulders lowered and haunches raised.  

Tail

Humble, peaceful or fearful - Drawn under.

Easy, laid back, tranquil - Remaining in place, without movement, facing down.

Gentle, easy, laid back - Slightly waving from side to side held in a low to middle range.

Humble, friendly, excited - Fast wagging motion held in a low to middle range.

Excited, aroused, aggressive, attentive - Fast wagging motion held in a high range.

Eyes

Humble, fearful, looking away - Ward off or turn away.

Easy, laid back, calm - Eyes closed or partially closed or squinted.

Humble, friendly, excited - Direct eye contact, gentle.

Assured, assertive - Alert and wide open.

Excited, aroused, aggressive, attentive - Strong and sharp stare. 

Ears

Humble, peaceful or fearful - Pointed back.

Easy, laid back, calm - Back and relaxed.

Attentive, excited - Forward and relaxed.

Excited, aroused, aggressive, attentive - Pricked forward. 

Mouth 

Humble, peaceful or fearful - Lips are pulled back.

Exhausted, tired or stressed - Yawning and licking lips.

Easy, laid back, calm - Lips are relaxed.

Excited, aroused, aggressive, attentive - Lips are puckered forward and possibly raised, snarl.

 

Here is a picture of the various positions described above:
 
 
 
Please remember the dog is always speaking to us and it is our job to learn their language so we can better care for them and provide a safer more loving environment.

Like the Texas longhorn, the Blue Lacy is a Texas original; the only dog breed to have originated in Texas. Blue Lacys are named for the brothers George, Ewin, Frank and Harry Lacy who moved to Texas from Kentucky in 1858 and settled in the area of Burnet County.

For a hundred years, Blue Lacys were a common fixture on ranches in the Southwest, where it was said that one such dog could do the work of five cowboys; intelligent, energetic, fast, eager to work and easy to train and handle, Blue Lacys herded cattle, hogs and chickens. They also served as droving and hunting dogs.

While these gentle, versatile dogs continue to be used on ranches, they are also becoming highly prized again as hunting dogs. They are proving valuable, as well, in search and rescue work, owing to their keen scent-trailing ability; in addition, their easygoing way with children, their aptitude for jogging, agility courses, and games of Frisbee contribute to their growing popularity as family pets.

The Blue Lacy is a Texas native, a working dog bred to play an essential role in ranch operations, at a time when ranches themselves became one of the iconic Texas symbols.  A dog that has more than pulled its weight on many a Texas spread; this proud heritage assuredly gives the Blue Lacy a unique and  powerful claim of its own to represent the Lone Star State.

The 79th Legislature of the State of Texas hereby designates the Blue Lacy as the official State Dog Breed of Texas.  *Senate Resolution 108

 

Are you right for an American Blue Lacy?

Blue Lacys are wonderful dogs, but they are not the perfect fit for every family. This working breed requires a lot of time and dedication in order to maintain the proper mental and physical condition. Jobs they excel at include herding cattle, blood trailing game, running trap lines and hunting hogs. Modern activities like hiking, jogging and competition trials may be appropriate substitutes for traditional work. Without a job, Blue Lacys can become bored and search for things to do. Common behavior problems include acting overly protective of you or your property, herding other animals, or displaying excessive anxiety. Blue Lacys are huge people dogs, and not to be left at home all week in a back yard while you're at work. We can not stress enough the importance of socialization for your Blue Lacy as a puppy. Ethical breeders will only place dogs in homes prepared to respect and fulfill their Blue Lacys heritage. It is important to educate yourself before bringing an American Blue Lacy into your home.

*"At LacyGameDog we compete where we can with the ABL's. That is CPE and NADAC for us at this time. It really stinks when I take my dogs to a AKC event and can only run my Frenchies and the ABL's have to sit on the side lines. Don't get me wrong my Frenchies are nuts for Agility, but there's always the worry if they get too hot they can drop dead. It's so frustrating when you have a ABL on the sidelines that could even give those Border Collies a run for their money. I absolutely can't wait to get into the FSS program so I can do the Lure Course competition as well as Agility!" *LacyGameDog

We are a rare breed and there are so very few real Blue Lacys that aren't mutts that have the mixed breeding. We are now the American Blue Lacys so there are even fewer of us in the U.S. since all of them are registered with the ABLA we can apply at the first of the year with all of our members and registered dogs becoming the first to be recognized by the AKC and able to compete in field trials!

 

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