Monday, December 30, 2013

Rare Breed Monday: Blue Lacy

Image from wikipedia.org
The Blue Lacy is the official state dog of Texas, and originated in the state in the mid 19th century. This is a working dog that excels at controlling rambunctious live stock.

The Lacys are allegedly a result of crossing greyhounds, scent hounds, and coyotes. They are known to be extremely intelligent and easy to train, but they do not like noise, and they're prone to become nervous if the environment is too loud. Reprimanding them harshly doesn't work well; they respond better to firm but quiet commands.

A Blue Lacy is quick, strong, agile, active, and alert. They were originally created to work feral hogs, but soon developed into a multitalented working breed for ranchers, cowboys, hunters, and trappers. They are bold and brave, and will protect their families and property.

Just like all working breeds they need activity and mental stimulation; if they get bored they might invent something to do, and these tasks are rarely jobs humans appreciate. They're well suited for agility, fly ball, and other active tasks.

This breed is hardy and requires little maintenance. The average life span is around 16 years. There are 16-year old Lacys still working cattle and hunting!

~ Maria Sadowski ~

6 comments:

  1. Gorgeous dog! I love the idea of a firm, quiet tone. I've been practicing that with our dogs, because Rodrigo and Sydney need a firm tone, but I can't be too loud (we're outside on 5 acres), because it makes the puppies nervous. Ahhhh, the dynamics.

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    1. I'm bad at it, but I'm practicing. Your puppies are adorable! =D

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  2. Hey I know this one and have met a few of them before even. A doctor I worked with had a Blue Lacy mix and they are of course my state's dog!

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  3. Pretty dog, odd combination but it came out looking good!

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    1. It does sound like an odd combination, but the end result is beautiful! =D

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