About the Breed

COUNTRY: United Sates


WEIGHT: 30-55 lbs, approx.

COAT: Smooth, tight, sleek, exceptionally clean in appearance

GROUP: Herding

ORIGIN AND HISTORY: Having nothing to do with the characteristics the dogs have, the name is that of the Lacy Family. Arriving from Kentucky by covered wagon in the 1800’s, the Lacy Brothers, Frank, George, Ewin, and Harry Lacy (pictured at the right), settled in the granite hills near Marble Falls, Texas. As true a pioneer as the men you see in history books, the Blue Lacy has filled the needs of Colonial Americans for well over a century on ranches in the Southwestern US. When the three-wheeled horse hit the trail it brought this unique breed unsuccessfully close to extinction. While the need for its instinctive herding abilities were diminishing, the need for its abilities to bay the fiercest of hog, pick up the trail of any game animal or find a wounded animal on the slightest of blood trails was on the rise in the commercial hunting industry. Blue Lacy owners claim they are the perfect universal dog, knowing where to be at just the right time.

DEVELOPMENT:   The Lacys are noted to be the result of Greyhound/scenthound/coyote cross with the emphasis on the herding/droving characteristics. Many people have their own theory on the scenthound and coyote used. Whatever the scenthound or pariah dog might be in the combination, the cross defiantly worked. The Lacy brothers established this breed under the guidelines it takes to develop a recognized breed. The State of Texas honors the breed, as being the first known dog breed to orginate in it's great State.

FEATURES: The origin of the unusual slate blue coat and nose is a genetic rarity. All Lacy's have minimal to full white markings on their brisket and most of the time on a paw or paws.

  • The light gun-metal gray to almost black Lacy's are classified in color as blue.
  • The red, yellow to cream Lacy's are classified in color as red.
  • The tri-colored Lacy's are blue with red markings over their eyes, on muzzle, under tail, and down the legs. They are classified in color as tri.

Both the red and tri-colored Lacys hold the name Blue Lacy due to the blue-color gene they possess. Lacys have an approximate ear length of 4 inches. All Blue Lacys' eyes are very bright and distinctive orange to yellow in color, which adds a unique touch to their appearance.

CHARACTER: Lacys are easy to handle, are spectacular workers and are wonderful pets that can be great with children. They are energetic and dedicated dogs, capable of handling the meanest longhorn cattle or most jittery of hens, taking to the job instinctively. They are known to replace the work of a cowboy by five times. This breed is also used for hog hunting, blood trailing, treeing, bird hunting, agility, and search and rescue. They are also suitable as watch dogs.

STRENGTHS: Herding and droving tasks.

WEAKNESS: Sensitive to yelling--responds better to stern commands.

Edited By Dena E. Brown