The Blue Lacy is the Official State Dog Breed Of Texas
Origins and History
A Texas native like the Texas longhorns, the Blue Lacy was developed in the Texas Hill Country by the four Lacy brothers (Frank, George, Ewin, and Harry). These brothers immigrated from Kentucky to Burnet County, Texas, in 1858. Traditional wisdom, as well as Lacy family history, holds that Lacys are the result of Greyhound/scent hound/coyote cross. There are several theories of which breed of scent hound and native wild dog was used, but the main point is the cross most assuredly worked.
Multiple sources also suggested that the presence of Lacys in the Hill Country strongly influenced Fred Gipson, who was raised in adjacent Mason County and was best known for his novel Old Yeller.
The Blue Lacy Game Dog filled the needs of colonial Americans for well over a century on ranches in the Southwestern US. With the Blue Lacy being considered the all-around ranch dog, some have said that one lacy could do the work of five cowboys. The decline of the family-owned ranching industry, as well as the introduction of technology such as all-terrain vehicles, brought the Lacy breed near extinction; however, its re-discovery as a masterful hunting companion has dramatically increased the demand for Lacys.
The Blue Lacy is intelligent, eager to work, energetic, and fast. They are easy to train and handle when it comes to working as herding, baying, tracking, and hunting dogs. 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 is on the rise in the commercial hunting industry. Blue Lacy owners claim they are the perfect universal dog… They know just where to be at just the right time. They are now the most common breed used by United States Trappers. They are also currently excelling in taking on the role of search and rescue dogs.
As of June 18, 2005, the 79th Legislature of the State of Texas hereby designates the Blue Lacy as the official State Dog Breed of Texas. *Senate Resolution 108