The Blue Lacy, also called the Lacy Dog, is an energetic, intelligent, and trainable breed that loves having a job to do and a lot of open space to run around. Even though the breed has “Blue” in its name, Blue Lacys can also have red or tri-colored coats, though they all carry the blue color gene. The “Lacy” in the breed’s name does not refer to the dog’s appearance at all, but rather comes from the name of the family that first created the breed. The Blue Lacy was developed in the 1800s to help with herding, hunting, and ranch work in Texas. These dogs are hardy, adaptable, and able to learn quickly, though their high intensity and energy level make them ill-suited for apartment life or novice owners. Blue Lacys can make great family dogs and expert watchdogs with firm training, but they are sensitive and don’t respond well to punishment. Socialization should begin early, as Blue Lacys are naturally territorial, not overly trusting of strangers, and have a high prey drive that can cause them to attack smaller animals and pets if they aren’t socialized. With confident, assertive training that relies on positive reinforcement, dogs of this breed can be loyal, protective, and capable members of the family that are eager to please. Experienced owners that are ready to give this dog a task will be rewarded with a lifelong friend that will rise to any challenge.

Watch and learn about Blue Lacy dog’s key characteristics:

Key Vitals of Blue Lacy Dog
Name Dog Breed Group Height Weight Life Span
Blue Lacy Dog Working Dogs 17 to 25 inches 25 to 50 pounds 12 to 16 Years

Breed Characteristics:

Adaptability:

Blue Lacy is rated 3 out of 5 in Adaptability. This means Blue Lacy has scored high and is suitable in Adaptability parameter.

Blue Lacy is rated 1 out of 5 in Adaptibility in living in apartment. This means Blue Lacy has scored low and is not suitable in Adaptibility in living in apartment parameter.

Blue Lacy is rated 1 out of 5 in Good For Novice Owners. This means Blue Lacy has scored low and is not suitable in Good For Novice Owners parameter.

Blue Lacy is rated 4 out of 5 in Sensitivity Level. This means Blue Lacy has scored high and is suitable in Sensitivity Level parameter.

Blue Lacy is rated 2 out of 5 in Tolerates Being Alone. This means Blue Lacy has scored low and is not suitable in Tolerates Being Alone parameter.

Blue Lacy is rated 4 out of 5 in Tolerates Cold Weather. This means Blue Lacy has scored high and is suitable in Tolerates Cold Weather parameter.

Blue Lacy is rated 5 out of 5 in Tolerates Hot Weather. This means Blue Lacy has scored high and is suitable in Tolerates Hot Weather parameter.

All Around Friendliness:

Blue Lacy is rated 3 out of 5 in All Around Friendliness. This means Blue Lacy has scored high and is suitable in All Around Friendliness parameter.

Blue Lacy is rated 4 out of 5 in Affectionate with Family. This means Blue Lacy has scored high and is suitable in Affectionate with Family parameter.

Blue Lacy is rated 3 out of 5 in Incredibly Kid Friendly Dogs. This means Blue Lacy has scored high and is suitable in Incredibly Kid Friendly Dogs parameter.

Blue Lacy is rated 2 out of 5 in Friendly Dog. This means Blue Lacy has scored low and is not suitable in Friendly Dog parameter.

Blue Lacy is rated 2 out of 5 in Friendly Toward Strangers. This means Blue Lacy has scored low and is not suitable in Friendly Toward Strangers parameter.

Health Grooming:

Blue Lacy is rated 3 out of 5 in Health Grooming. This means Blue Lacy has scored high and is suitable in Health Grooming parameter.

Blue Lacy is rated 3 out of 5 in Amount Of Shedding. This means Blue Lacy has scored high and is suitable in Amount Of Shedding parameter.

Blue Lacy is rated 2 out of 5 in Drooling Potential. This means Blue Lacy has scored low and is not suitable in Drooling Potential parameter.

Blue Lacy is rated 5 out of 5 in Easy To Groom. This means Blue Lacy has scored high and is suitable in Easy To Groom parameter.

Blue Lacy is rated 4 out of 5 in General Health. This means Blue Lacy has scored high and is suitable in General Health parameter.

Blue Lacy is rated 2 out of 5 in Potential For Weight Gain. This means Blue Lacy has scored low and is not suitable in Potential For Weight Gain parameter.

Blue Lacy is rated 3 out of 5 in Size. This means Blue Lacy has scored high and is suitable in Size parameter.

Trainability:

Blue Lacy is rated 5 out of 5 in Trainability. This means Blue Lacy has scored high and is suitable in Trainability parameter.

Blue Lacy is rated 5 out of 5 in Easy To Train. This means Blue Lacy has scored high and is suitable in Easy To Train parameter.

Blue Lacy is rated 5 out of 5 in Intelligence. This means Blue Lacy has scored high and is suitable in Intelligence parameter.

Blue Lacy is rated 4 out of 5 in Potential For Mouthiness. This means Blue Lacy has scored high and is suitable in Potential For Mouthiness parameter.

Blue Lacy is rated 5 out of 5 in Prey Drive. This means Blue Lacy has scored high and is suitable in Prey Drive parameter.

Blue Lacy is rated 5 out of 5 in Tendency To Bark Or Howl. This means Blue Lacy has scored high and is suitable in Tendency To Bark Or Howl parameter.

Blue Lacy is rated 4 out of 5 in Wanderlust Potential. This means Blue Lacy has scored high and is suitable in Wanderlust Potential parameter.

Exercise Needs:

Blue Lacy is rated 5 out of 5 in Exercise Needs. This means Blue Lacy has scored high and is suitable in Exercise Needs parameter.

Blue Lacy is rated 5 out of 5 in Energy Level. This means Blue Lacy has scored high and is suitable in Energy Level parameter.

Blue Lacy is rated 5 out of 5 in Intensity. This means Blue Lacy has scored high and is suitable in Intensity parameter.

Blue Lacy is rated 5 out of 5 in Exercise Needs. This means Blue Lacy has scored high and is suitable in Exercise Needs parameter.

Blue Lacy is rated 4 out of 5 in Potential For Playfulness. This means Blue Lacy has scored high and is suitable in Potential For Playfulness parameter.

Vital Stats:

Dog Breed Group

Working Dogs

Height

17 to 25 inches

Weight

25 to 50 pounds

Life Span

12 to 16 years

Highlights

The Blue Lacy was designated as the official state dog breed of Texas in 2005.Fred Gipson, author of Old Yeller, grew up in the county next to where the Lacy family lived and raised their Blue Lacys, and this may have influenced him as a writer, although Old Yeller, the actual dog in the novel, was most likely a Black Mouth Cur and not a Blue Lacy.Blue Lacys can also have red or tri-colored coats, though they all carry the gene for blue coats.The Blue Lacy breed is not recognized by the American Kennel Club, though some organizations have applied for the Blue Lacy to be accepted into the AKC’s Foundation Stock Service, which helps keep official records of the breed so that it may one day be recognized. Still, full recognition may be many years off or never come at all.Blue Lacys are very intelligent and respond well to training, but they need an assertive trainer who can lay down the law without being overly punitive.This breed is hardworking and does best when given a task. They are capable of hunting, herding, agility training, watchdog work, or even search and rescue.Mental and physical stimulation are must-haves. Blue Lacys need multiple runs and walks per day to burn off their energy. They appreciate having open space to run around, rather than small apartments.