Blue Lacy Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Blue Lacy so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginUnited States flagUnited States
Other Names
What other names does the Blue Lacy have?
Lacy Game DogLacy Hog DogTexas Blue LacyLacy Dog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed

Blue Lacy Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Blue Lacy puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$600-$800
If you choose to purchase the Blue Lacy, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Blue Lacy for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Blue Lacy gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Blue Lacy?
Average: The Blue Lacy is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Blue Lacy Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Medium
Weight
How much does the Blue Lacy weigh? Blue Lacy weight:
30-50 pounds (13-23 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Blue Lacy? Blue Lacy average weight:
40 pounds (18 kg)
Height
How tall is the Blue Lacy? Blue Lacy height:
18-23 inches (46-58 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Blue Lacy average height:
20.5 inches (52 cm)

Blue Lacy Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Blue Lacy have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
SmoothTight
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Blue Lacy's coat?
Blue GreySilverCreamRedTricolor
Grooming
How to groom the Blue Lacy and how often?
Effortless: The Blue Lacy requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Blue Lacy is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Blue Lacy dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Lacy Game Dog?
Blue Lacys shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car being covered by dog hair. Blue Lacy dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Blue Lacy need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Blue Lacy every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Blue Lacy Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Blue Lacy have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
ActiveBoldIntelligentAlertDevotedIntense
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Blue Lacy? Are they intelligent?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Blue Lacy dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Blue Lacys are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Blue Lacy is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Blue Lacy sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Blue Lacys don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Average: Blue Lacys are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely with their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Lacy Game Dog need? Blue Lacy social needs:
Blue Lacys need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Blue Lacy dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Lacy Game Dog bark?
Low to Average: The Blue Lacy rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Blue Lacy good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Blue Lacys are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Blue Lacys will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Blue Lacy dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Blue Lacys are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Blue Lacy can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Blue Lacy will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Blue Lacy bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Lacy Game Dog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Blue Lacy? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Blue Lacy has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Blue Lacy has a hard bite?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Blue Lacy bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI. The Blue Lacy, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained. However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Blue Lacy do?
Blue Lacys have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Blue Lacys need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Blue Lacy to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Blue Lacy roam?
The wanderlust potential of the Blue Lacy is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Blue Lacy have high prey drive?
Blue Lacys have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Blue Lacy dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Blue Lacy good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Not an apartment-friendly dog the Blue Lacy breed. If you don't have a garden, think carefully about your decision, keeping Blue Lacy indoors can cause a lot of problems.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Blue Lacys adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Blue Lacy Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Blue Lacy temperament with other people:
Blue Lacys are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Blue Lacy dogs get along with other pets? Are Blue Lacy dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Blue Lacys usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Blue Lacy dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Blue Lacy temperament with children:
Blue Lacys are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Blue Lacy dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Blue Lacys are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Blue Lacy good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Blue Lacy dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Blue Lacys are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Blue Lacy breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Blue Lacys are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Blue Lacys good office dogs? Do Blue Lacys make good office friendly dogs? Can Blue Lacys be office dogs?
No
Blue Lacy is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Blue Lacy dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Lacy Game Dog temperament with senior people? Are Blue Lacy dogs good for elderly owners?
Blue Lacys are commonly okay with elderly people.

Blue Lacy Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Blue Lacy dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Blue Lacys tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Blue Lacy breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Blue Lacy breed? Most common health risks of Blue Lacy:
Color Dilution Alopecia
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Blue Lacy breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Blue Lacy see the vet?
Frequent
The Blue Lacy should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Blue Lacy dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Blue Lacy be? What is the age limit of the Blue Lacy? How many years can the oldest Blue Lacy live?
14-16 years
The average lifespan of Blue Lacy: 15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Blue Lacy breed hypoallergenic?
No
Blue Lacys don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Blue Lacy have? What is the activity level of the Blue Lacy?
Blue Lacys are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Blue Lacy dogs require per day?
Blue Lacys have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Blue Lacys don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Blue Lacy need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day.A Blue Lacy diet should be formulated for a mid-sized breed with high energy and intense exercise requirements.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Blue Lacy risk for obesity:
Low to Average: The Blue Lacy has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Blue Lacy's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Blue Lacy can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Blue Lacy has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Blue Lacy drool?
The Blue Lacy is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Blue Lacy could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Blue Lacy. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Blue Lacy As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Blue Lacy be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Blue Lacy is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Blue Lacy be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Blue Lacy be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Blue Lacy is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Blue Lacy be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Blue Lacy is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Blue Lacy be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Blue Lacy is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Blue Lacy be a boat dog?

Not really

Blue Lacy breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Blue Lacy be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Blue Lacy is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Blue Lacy dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Blue Lacy Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Blue Lacy: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Blue Lacy have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-5 puppies

Blue Lacy Recognition

AKC Group
Is Blue Lacy recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Blue Lacy recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Blue Lacy breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerica's Pet RegistryContinental Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.National Kennel ClubAmerican Canine Association, Inc.

Blue Lacy Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: Blue Lacys are very easy to train.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Blue Lacy requires minimal grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Blue Lacys shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Blue Lacy is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Low to Average: The Blue Lacy has a low to the average risk for obesity.
  • Watchdog Ability: Blue Lacys are good watchdogs.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Blue Lacys are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Blue Lacys tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Blue Lacys don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Not an apartment-friendly dog the Blue Lacy breed.
  • Mouthiness: Blue Lacys have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: The wanderlust potential of the Blue Lacy is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Cat Friendly: Blue Lacys are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Blue Lacy is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Blue Lacy History

The Blue Lacy is an indigenous American breed, which can trace its origins back to Texas in the United States of America, to the middle of the 19th century.

The Blue Lacy was created by the Lacy family’s brothers named, George, Frank, Ewin, and Harry. Their family moved from Kentucky to Hill Country Texas in 1858. They wanted to develop a new breed with the intention of working with the hogs that were roaming freely. Despite the fact that we know exactly the place, the time, and the creators of the Blue Lacy, due to the lack of documentation and records, the initial breeding mix is unknown. Although, some documents are suggesting that the English Shepherd, the Greyhound, some scent-hounds, and even a wild wolf were involved in the original gene pool. Regarding the environment, it is also presumable that a coyote has gotten into the cross as well. Eventually, the Lacy family managed to develop a new breed, which was known under a variety of names back in the 19th century, including Lacy Hog Dog, Lacy Cur, or Lacy Dog.

The Lacy Blue quickly became well-esteemed in Texas and in the surrounding States. The brothers created a breed that was well-suited to the harsh climate and environment of the Southern States, and which was able to herd free-roaming cattle and hogs, able to hunt a wide variety of prey like wild hogs, wild boar, squirrel, raccoons, and deer, tree smaller prey, and also serve as a property guard, watching over the homestead. The dogs got especially renewed after their capability to herd and drive huge groups of livestock over long distances, from the farms and ranches to the markets. The Blue Lacy was considered very trainable, intelligent, fast, and tirelessly hardworking. Despite their popularity among the farmer community in Texas, the breed was considered to be a rare one in the United States. Even though the Blue Lacy was in high demand among ranch owners in the Southern States for many decades, with the revolution and advancement of agriculture and farming machines, and with the decreasing popularity of smallholder farming, the Blue Lacy got to the brink of extinction quickly. Fortunately, the breed’s unquestionable herding, hunting, tracking, and retrieving capabilities and impressive speed and stamina ensured the dogs’ revival.

In spite of their long and extensive history, the breed was recognized relatively late, in 2001 by the Texas Senate, as an indigenous breed to the State. Shortly after that, the Blue Lacy was named by Governor Rick Perry, Texas’s official state dog, in 2005. This nomination was not just to honor the Lacy family, but to honor the Blue Lacy’s contribution to trade and farming in Texas, in the 19th century, before any major technological changes. Nowadays, the Blue Lacy still remained in rarity, even in the United States of America. In the modern days, the breed’s roles have changed, the dogs are mostly used in sports like agility, flyball, and obedience. Yet, most commonly they are used in the sport called “trapping”, which is a controversial method of trapping animals in man-made traps, where the dogs’ role is to alert the hunters. The Blue Lacy is still not recognized by the major kennel clubs, however, the AKC (American Kennel Club) recently accepted the breed into their Foundation Stock.

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