Blue Lacy owners claim they are the most versatile dog! They are Texas natives and bred by the Lacy family to be the all-around ranch dog. Some even claim they could replace five cowboys! The lacy breed was near extinction with the decline of family-owned ranches and all-terrain vehicles. As the universal dog, its mastery as a hunting companion has dramatically increased the need for the breed. They have become the most common breed used by United States Trappers and excel as search and rescue dogs.
Lacys are easy to handle and train. They instinctively take to the jobs given to them. As a working breed, Lacys thrive when given a job where they can burn their excess energy. Due to their dignified, stable, and outgoing temperament, they are suitable watchdogs and family members. You will rarely see shyness in a Lacy, and it is actually considered a fault in the breed standards. The Lacys also thrive as hunting companions and can be used for hog hunting, blood trailing, treeing, and bird hunting.
All Lacys have bright and distinctive orange to yellow colored eyes. Bringing a unique touch to their appearance. They are well known for their striking gaze and their ability to express emotion with just one look.
A LGDR standard for size is between 18 and 23 inches for both male and female. Ideally, females are smaller than males. Lacys weigh between 30 and 55 lbs.
Lacy’s coat does not shed and is sleek, glossy, and healthy. Some Lacy’s have experienced alopecia generally on the tail, ears, and across the spine.
All Lacys have white markings on their chest and can be small or large. They also can have white on their paws. These white markings should not go above the second joint of the legs, above the chin, or any other part of the body. The Lacy breed has three colors:
- BLUE – light gun-metal gray to almost black
- RED – red, yellow to cream
- TRI – blue with red points over their eyes, on the muzzle, under the tail, and down the legs
Both red and tri colored Lacys are called Blue Lacy due to the blue color gene they possess.
Developed for generations to meet ranchers and hunters’ needs, they are sturdy enough to withstand tough terrain, difficult working conditions, and Texas weather. They are very healthy and some are known to be 16 years old and still working! Skin problems and food allergies can occur.